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Upstate soccer player drafted in MLS

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Sebastian Velasquez played for Spartanburg Methodist before being drafted in the MLS. (File/FOX Carolina) Sebastian Velasquez played for Spartanburg Methodist before being drafted in the MLS. (File/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A soccer player from Spartanburg was the 36th pick in the Major League Soccer draft.

Sebastian Velasquez played for Spartanburg Methodist and was the only junior college player to be selected in the professional draft, taken during the second round.

Velasquez was drafted by the Real Salt Lake for the 2012 season. He had 35 goals and 16 assists in 2011 for the Pioneers as a midfielder.

He was born in South America, grew up in Greenville, graduated from Eastside High, and said he wanted to play professional soccer his entire life.

"Since I was a kid I always told my mom, told my family, I just want to play professional," said Velasquez. "I never even thought of going to college. It was until I came back from Barcelona that I have to look for an option."

Velasquez said he would not have had the option to play professionally if it had not been for his education. He is currently in South America preparing for the upcoming season in Utah.

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