Chris Blais, a former goalkeeper on Michigan's soccer team, was drafted Thursday in the second round (No. 33 overall) of the Major League Soccer draft by the San Jose Earthquakes. He participated in the MLS Player Combine this past week and will begin practice in San Jose on Monday morning.
"It’s a great organization and I’m definitely excited to get back out to the west coast," said Blais, who's originally from Seattle. "I know they have great fans and a great team. I feel very fortunate to go to such a talented team."
During his three seasons at Michigan, Blais racked up 44 starts, 177 saves and 10 shutouts. He was the Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the 2010 conference tournament and led the Wolverines to an NCAA College Cup appearance.
After redshirting his freshman year and playing for three seasons at Michigan, Blais transferred to the University of South Florida for his final year of eligibility. At USF, Blais played in every minute for the Bulls, recording 60 saves and seven shutouts and helped USF reach the Elite Eight.
"For me, I just want to stick around as long as I can and just have a solid career that lasts a long time, wherever that may be," Blais said. "It's a great opportunity."
Currently, there are four former Wolverines that are actively playing in the MLS (defender Michael Holody and forwards Peri Marosevic, Justin Meram and Soony Saad).