AJ Marcucci was a rare Division III selection by the Red Bulls. (Photo courtesy of Connecticut College)
HARRISON, N.J. – The Red Bulls selected Guadeloupe international and Syracuse University forward Luther Archimede with the 13th overall pick, Lamine Conte (40th overall) and AJ Marcucci (67th overall) in the MLS SuperDraft Thursday.
Marcucci was a rare Division III draftee by a Major League Soccer team.
A 6-3 goalkeeper, Marcucci spent three years in net for Connecticut College. He amassed 54 starts, a 0.50 goals-against average, an .887 save percentage and a 33-10-8 record with 22 shutouts. Marcucci led the Camels to a 2019 NCAA Division III Tournament quarterfinals appearance after back-to-back shutouts in the second and third round.
Marcucci was the first Division III player to be drafted since midfielder Marshall Hollingsworth of Wheaton (Ill.) heard his name called with the 41st pick by Columbus Crew SC in 2016. He also was the third NESCAC player ever selected. Williams College standouts Alex Blake and Khari Stephenson were chosen by Colorado Rapids and Chicago Fire in 2003 and 2004, respectively.
“Our program is so proud of AJ and his family,” Connecticut head coach Reuben Burk said in a statement. “I know this is a dream come true for him and probably something he has visualized about every day for the last several years. He has earned this opportunity, and we couldn’t be happier and more excited for him. AJ is a true example of how dedication, commitment, and self-belief can open up doors that others might say can’t be opened. We all look forward to watching AJ seize this opportunity.”
Archimede, a 6-2 forward, recorded four goals and one assist in 17 appearances in 2019. With the Syracuse 2020 fall season shortened to five matches due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he started all four matches and attempted five shots on goal.
He featured for the Under-20 Guadeloupe national side and the Guadeloupe national team. Archimede scoredsix goals in five matches during the 2018 Concacaf U-20 Championship. He made his debut for the senior team March 24, 2019 against Martinique in the Concacaf Nations League qualifiers.
Conte, a 5-11 defensive midfielder, was a three-year starter for the University of Louisville. His 2018 freshman season was highlighted with an Atlantic Coast Conference Championship All-Tournament Team honor. He also recorded his first collegiate assist against Michigan State in a 2018 NCAA Division I Tournament second round match. Over three years, Conte accrued 25 starts in 31 appearances with one assist in 939 minutes.
He was a member of Reading United AC for three seasons. He featured in three of Reading United’s Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup matches, registering three starts and 300 minutes at center back.