University Denver Athletics
CHICAGO – University of Denver men's soccer striker Andre Shinyashiki (Sao Paulo, Brazil) was selected with the No. 5 overall pick by the Colorado Rapids in the 2019 Major League Soccer SuperDraft, presented by adidas, at McCormick Place on Friday morning.
The most decorated student-athlete in program history, Shinyashiki's senior offseason has seen him win the 2018 Senior CLASS Award, be named the United Soccer Coaches' Scholar Athlete of the Year and earn MAC Hermann Trophy finalist honors.
Shinyashiki made 83 appearances, including 67 starts, in his four-year Pioneer career, netting 51 goals and adding 15 assists. In 2018, Shinyashiki bagged 28 goals in 21 matches, including his first five career hat tricks and a four goal game in the Summit League opener at Omaha. Shinyashiki ranked first in the country in points per game (2.86), total points (60), goals per game (1.33), goals (28), game-winning goals (11) and shots on goal per game (2.86) this fall.
The First Team All-America selection finished with eight more goals than the next closest player, and two more game-winners. Shinyashiki's goals per game tally is the highest since Andrew Mittendorf (Lehigh) netted 24 in 18 matches (1.33) in 1998. The Denver senior's points per game mark is the most since Conor Casey (Portland) had 23 goals and seven assists in 18 matches in 1999 (2.94).
In 2018, Shinyashiki became Denver's record holder in single-season points (60), goals (28) and game-winning goals (11), while setting Denver's career records in points (117), goals (51) and game-winning goals (18). The Sao Paulo, Brazil, native's goal total in 2018 eclipsed Denver's previous career record goal tally of 27.
The Denver captain led a Pioneer senior class that finished their careers fifth in the country in wins at 61-11-10, while also finishing second in the country in percentage of points earned from matches (78.5).
In four seasons under Franks, the Pioneers have seen their first four MLS SuperDraft First Round selections in the last three years, not including likely top-five pick Kortne Ford who signed a homegrown contract with the Colorado Rapids prior to the 2017 draft.
Shinyashiki is the latest of 10 Pioneers drafted in the last 11 seasons. The Denver co-captain joins:
2019: Andre Shinyashiki (Colorado – 5th Overall)
2018: Graham Smith (Sporting Kansas City – 18th Overall)
2017: Reagan Dunk (Real Salt Lake – 13th Overall) and Sam Hamilton (Colorado – 15th Overall)
2015: Taylor Hunter (Houston – 49th Overall)
2014: Zach Bolden (Chicago – 61st Overall)
2013: Drew Beckie (Columbus – 28th Overall)
2011: Joe Willis (D.C. United – 50th Overall)
2010: Kris Banghart (Real Salt Lake – 64th Overall)
2009: Kyle Christensen (Chivas USA – 35th Overall)
In the last four seasons, both Ford (Colorado – 2017) and Jordan Schweitzer (Seattle – 2016) signed homegrown deals with their academy parents clubs prior to the draft.