Ken Krolicki Drafted in MLS SuperDraft By The Montreal Impact
The midfielder was the 53rd overall pick in the MLS draft.
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Former Michigan State soccer standout Ken Krolicki was drafted by the Montreal Impact on Sunday in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft. Krolicki was the 53rd overall pick, chosen as the seventh player in the third round.
“I am really excited and happy for Ken, his family and the Michigan State program. It’s great to see a young man who put four years of hard work into the team and bettering himself get a chance to play in Major League Soccer. Montreal is not only getting a very good soccer player, they are also getting a great person and teammate,” said MSU men’s soccer head coach Damon Rensing. “The MSU soccer family looks forward to following his career along with the other Spartan Pros.”
Krolicki, a native of Plymouth, Michigan, was the first Spartan drafter since defender Zach Carroll was drafted by the New York Red Bulls, as the 38th overall pick, chosen as the 10th player in the second round.
In 2014, three Spartans signed to play for MLS with Fatai Alashe being chosen fourth overall. Jay Chapman signed a homegrown contract for Toronto FC, while Adam Montague was taken in the third round by the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Nine players taken in the first round came from schools that Michigan State played during the 2017 season, including Akron’s Joao Mautinho (first overall), Michigan’s Francis Atuahene (fourth overall), Wisconsin’s Chris Mueller (sixth overall), Indiana’s Mason Toye (seventh), Western Michigan’s Brandon Bye, Wisconsin’s Mark Segbers, Notre Dame’s Jon Gallagher, Dartmouth’s Wyatt Omsberg and Virginia Tech’s Ben Lundgaard. Krolicki and Wisconsin’s Mike Catalano were the only two Big Ten players drafted in the third round.
In 2017, Krolicki started all 20 games as Michigan Stater reached its third Elite Eight in the last five seasons. He was a key part of the Spartan midfield, adding five assists. Krolicki was named first-team All-Big Ten, as well as first-team All-Midwest Region.
In four seasons in the Green and White, Krolicki played in 81 games, starting 67. He played over 5,700 minutes. He finished his storied career with seven goals and 14 assists for 28 points.