Like Sam Hamilton at the University of Denver, the Rapids’ second pick of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft - 24th overall - also captained his university. Liam Callahan skippered Syracuse, for whom he played in 62 matches over three seasons.
Callahan began his college career at Villanova, before switching to Syracuse in January, 2014. He is a determined defender from Amherst, NY, who attended Sweet Home High School. He was Sweet Home’s first boys’ soccer All-American, and a two-time All-New York State first-team selection.
The 22-year-old was made of captain of Syracuse in his junior year, 2015, a year in which he tallied nine assists. He becomes the first player from Syracuse drafted by the Rapids.
College life began in 2012 at Villanova, but came to a halt after a season-ending injury just three games in. His first full season was more fruitful. Callahan started 18 games at left back, for a Villanova side that was tied for fourth in the Big East in shutouts (6) and ranked fifth in goals allowed (22).