Winthrop seniors John Gilkerson and Saidi Isaac were selected in the Major League Soccer Supplemental Draft on Thursday.
Gilkerson was taken by the New York Red Bulls in the third round (35th overall) and Isaac was selected by the New England Revolution in the third round (41st).
"We are all very pleased for Saidi and John to receive this opportunity to play in Major League Soccer," coach Rich Posipanko said. "They have certainly worked very hard over their careers at Winthrop and in the PDL during the past three summers.
"Gilkerson is the best athlete I've ever coached in my 29 years and Isaac is one of the top goal-scorers I have had the opportunity to coach. Both have a tremendous work rate and professional attitude and are very good players technically."
Gilkerson was one of four players taken by the Red Bulls. New York selected Danleigh Borman from Rhode Island, Michael Palacio of Stony Brook and Laurent Manuel from Brown.
The Winchester, Va., native is a three-time All-Big South Conference performer and finished with three goals and four assists in his career as a defender. He was a big part in the Eagles defense that ranked among the nation's best in 2006 and 2007 and helped Winthrop to the 2006 Big South Conference championship.
In 2007, he was named to the NSCAA/adidas All-South Atlantic Region Team. During the summer, he played for the Virginia Beach Submariners of the PDL and was named to the Eastern Conference All-Conference Team.
Isaac was one of four players taken by the Revolution, joining fellow Big South player Kheli Dube of Coastal Carolina, Chris Tierney from Virginia and Kyle Altman from Trinity (Texas).
The Eldoret, Kenya, native was the 2006 Big South Player of the Year after scoring 17 goals and dishing out six assists for 40 points as Winthrop won its second conference championship in five years.
Isaac ranked seventh nationally in scoring and ninth in goals per game. As a senior, Isaac was named the Big South Preseason Player of the Year, to the College Soccer News Pre-Season All-America Team and to the Hermann Trophy Watch List.
Isaac scored 12 goals and had five assists for 29 points, which ranked second in the Big South. He finished 12th nationally in scoring and goals per game. He was named to the All-Big South First Team for a third straight season, just the third player in school history to make first team at least three times. He earned NSCAA/adidas All-South Atlantic Region Team.
Playing for the Indiana Invaders of the PDL in 2007, he was named to the Central Conference All-Conference Team.
The Revolution's starting date is Wednesday, while the Red Bulls do not have their starting date determined.