The Houston Dynamo selected defender Ivan Magalhães out of the University of Maryland with the 26th overall pick in today’s 2016 MLS SuperDraft at the Baltimore Convention Center.
Magalhães (Pronounced: EE-von Mah-gah-LEHS) was born in São Paulo, Brazil and moved to the United States after high school, starring at Eastern Florida State College, earning first team NSCAA Junior College All-America honors in 2013 and second team All-America recognition in 2014. The 22-year-old transferred to the University of Maryland and started 22 games in 2015, helping the Terrapins record 10 shutouts and win the Big 10 conference tournament while adding a goal and assist in his lone season.
The central defender came up with São Paulo FC, for whom he played from age 10-13. He moved to Gremio Barueri from age 13-16 and completed his youth career with S.C. Corinthians before moving to Florida at age 19.
The draft will continue on Tuesday, Jan. 19 with the third and fourth rounds. The Dynamo have one selection in the third round, the No. 47 overall pick.
Four current Dynamo players were acquired by Houston via the SuperDraft. Forward Will Bruin, who set a franchise record with 16 goals in all competitions in 2012 and ranks second in club history with 53 career goals across all competitions, was a first-round pick (11th overall) in the 2011 draft.
TRANSACTION: Houston Dynamo drafted DEF Ivan Magãlhaes
Pronunciation: EE-von Mah-gah-LEHS
DOB: December 23, 1993
Hometown: São Paulo, Brazil
College: University of Maryland, Eastern Florida State College (JC)
How Acquired: Selected in the second round (No. 26 overall) of the 2015 MLS SuperDraft