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Rafael Cox Drafted to MLS

Cox, selected in the 4th Round with the 54th Overall Pick to Real Salt Lake

Rafael Cox, native of Tacoma, WA, was selected to Real Salt Lake in the middle of the 4th Round of the MLS SuperDraft Thursday afternoon. The Attacking-Midfielder spent part of 2007 and all of the 2008 PDL Season with the Tacoma Tide. Cox helped lead the team to the Western Conference Finals in 2008. This season at the University of Washington, he garnered 1st Team, All-Pac 10 honors. Cox continues the Tide tradition of a successful jump to the MLS as he becomes the 2nd Tacoma Tide player to be selected in the MLS SuperDraft in the last 2 years. In 2008, it was Ciaran O'Brien, picked with the 5th selection to the Colorado Rapids.

For highlights of Raf's career with the Tide - WATCH HERE

After the draft had run it's course, Raf had this to say:

"I couldn't be happier getting drafted to Salt Lake City. They have a great program, and I can't wait to contribute to a strong franchise."

Cox watched the 2nd through 4th round of the MLS SuperDraft online. In response to the long wait to read his name, he said:

"I was a little worried as the draft went on but it all worked out in the long run."

As to what's next for the sometimes singularly named, RAFAEL:

"I leave in 2 weeks. Then camp starts and from there I work to get on the field. There's a brand new stadium, and they made it to the Western Conference Finals, so I'm excited."

For info on Cox and his career with the Tacoma Tide & the UW Huskies, see