Lewis on verge of top-ten draft pick
Zeiko Lewis is being touted as a potential top-ten pick at tomorrow’s Major League Soccer SuperDraft in Los Angeles.
The 21-year-old forward has thrived at the ongoing MLS Player Combine in the “City of Angels”, where he has scored three goals in two trial matches for Team Control, including a brace against Team Tango.
The Young Men’s Social Club player also finished tied for first in the agility test. Lewis’s scoring exploits have catapulted him up the draft boards and is a frontrunner for Combine MVP honours.
He will get a final chance to impress MLS coaches and team officials when Team Control face Team Copa in today’s final Player Combine matches at the StubHub Centre, home of the LA Galaxy.
Lewis moved a step closer to turning professional after being signed by Major League Soccer last week. He is among five college players snapped up by the league ahead of the SuperDraft.
The SuperDraft is an annual event, in which the MLS teams select players who have graduated from college or otherwise.
Lewis is among 53 Division I collegiate players invited to take part in the MLS Player Combine, which runs until January 12.
All of the players involved in the five-day camp are eligible for selection in the SuperDraft.
Lewis thrived during his collegiate career, earning All-Atlantic Coast Conference accolades in all four seasons he played at Boston College.
He earned All-ACC First Team honours as a senior and was a three-times second team member. He also won ACC Freshman of the Year honours in 2013. As a senior, Lewis led Boston College with seven goals and five assists.
Lewis thrived in the postseason, scoring all four of Boston’s goals in the ACC and NCAA Tournaments.
He scored three times in the ACC Championship, leading his college to the semi-finals, and then scored the only goal in a 1-0 opening-round win against Fordham in the NCAA Tournament.
Lewis is the grandson of former North American Soccer League professional Fred “Pinks” Lewis and son of Troy Lewis — a former top local player himself. His great-uncle, Eversley Lewis, was signed by Scottish side Aberdeen and also had stints with Hamilton Steelers of the Eastern Canada Professional Soccer League and Canadian National Soccer League side Toronto Hungaria in the 1960s and 1970s.