WHITECAPS FC SELECT GOMEZ SANCHEZ AND BARTMAN IN THE FINAL TWO ROUNDS OF THE 2017 MLS SUPERDRAFT

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VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC selected midfielder/forward Jorge Gomez Sanchez in the third round (51st overall) and forward Nazeem Bartman in the fourth and final round (73rd overall) of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft on Tuesday.

Last Friday, Whitecaps FC selected right back Jakob Nerwinski in the first round (seventh overall) and centre back Francis de Vries in the second round (29th overall) of the SuperDraft.

Whitecaps FC midfielder/forward Jorge Gomez Sanchez

  • Started all 36 of his appearances at Temple, tallying 27 goals and eight assists in two years
  • Named to the NSCAA All-East Region and All-American Athletic Conference teams following each of his two years
  • Spanish native played club soccer for Unión Deportiva Talavera and the Club Atlético Osasuna Academy

Gomez Sanchez, a 21-year old Spanish native, spent the last two years at Temple University, where he started all 36 of his appearances for the Owls, tallying 27 goals and eight assists from 2015 through 2016.

The 5-foot-8 forward was named to the NSCAA All-East Region and All-American Athletic Conference teams following each of his two years in Philadelphia, being selected to the First Team after his final season. In addition, Gomez Sanchez was named to the Philadelphia Soccer Six All-Star Team in 2015, then to the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division I All-Star Team the following year.

Hailing from Talavera de la Reina in the province of Toledo, Spain, Gomez Sanchez played for Universidad Europea in Madrid prior to making his move to the United States.

In his youth, Gomez Sanchez played club soccer for Unión Deportiva Talavera and the Club Atlético Osasuna Academy at the U18 level.

Whitecaps FC forward Nazeem Bartman

  • Two-time First Team American Athletic Conference All-American
  • 2014 NJCAA Division I Player of the Year
  • 33 goals in 39 appearances with Tyler Junior College

Bartman, 23, spent the last two seasons with the University of South Florida Bulls, recording 14 goals and nine assists in 37 appearances and earning back-to-back first team All-American Athletic Conference selections.

Prior to that, Bartman had 33 goals and 17 assists in 39 appearances with Tyler Junior College of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), earning NJCAA Player of the Year honours after leading the Texan side to a national title in 2014.

A native of Cape Town, South Africa, Bartman spent time with Ajax Cape Town, Old Mutual Academy, and Super Short Academy before relocating to the United States.

Jorge Gomez Sanchez
Position: Midfielder/Forward
Height: 5-8
Weight: 147
Date of Birth: September 11, 1995
Hometown: Talavera de la Reina, Spain
Citizenship: Spain
Status: International, Unsigned
Last Club: Temple University Owls
How Acquired: Selected 51st overall in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft by Whitecaps FC

Nazeem Bartman
Position: Forward
Height: 5-7
Weight: 160
Date of Birth: August 12, 1993
Hometown: Cape Town, South Africa
Citizenship: South Africa
Status: International, Unsigned
Last Club: University of South Florida Bulls
How Acquired: Selected 73rd overall in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft by Whitecaps FC

 

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