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Azkals prospect Kristo Strickler selected in MLS draft

By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--A Filipino footballer could see action in the MLS next season as he was selected in the league's annual "Super Draft" on Friday (Philippine Time).

The Houston Dynamo took Filipino-American striker Kristo Strickler 30th overall--third in the second round--of the draft.

Strickler is teammates with Daniel Pereira, the eventual top overall pick by Austin FC, at Virginia Tech.

Strickler was a highly touted forward during his college days, scoring 27 goals and dishing out nine assists in 67 matches during his four-season stint.

Born to a Filipina mother, Strickler eventually got an invite to join the Azkals' training camp in 2019.

In a recent interview with Kick Off PH, Strickler said that he is available should the Philippine Football Federation decide to call him up for Azkals duty, calling it "a dream of mine."

Strickler, first round pick Ethan Bartlow, and third round selection Brandon Terwege are tasked to help Houston pull off a turnaround after crashing to the bottom of the Western Conference table last year,

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