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Over the past few seasons, the Virginia Tech men's soccer program has made significant improvement showing in part by the number of professional players coming out of Blacksburg. That number grew by one recently via James Kasak.
In the 2020 MLS SuperDraft, Sporting Kansas City drafted Virginia Tech's James Kasak in the fourth round. Kasak became the seventh Hokie selected in the MLS Superdraft and first since Ben Lundgaard in the first round of the 2018 MLS Superdraft
Head coach Mike Brizendine had this to say about the news.
“It’s awesome; James was a great player for us during his time here and we couldn’t be happier for him,” Brizendine said. “I think it’s well deserved and I’m excited to see what his future has in store for him.”
During his career with the Hokies, Kasak recorded 75 appearances comprised of 44 starts as he started every game for Virginia Tech in his final two seasons with the team.
James Kasak recorded 25 points during his four seasons with the Hokies which comprised of six goals and 13 assists. During his senior season, he recorded his single season-best 11 points when he scored three goals and tallied five assists for Virginia Tech.
Sporting Kansas City will be entering their twenty-fifth season in Major League Soccer, the top tier of the American soccer pyramid. The club has had a great amount of success in the 21st century with two MLS Cups and four U.S. Open Cup titles.