The University of Akron had five players drafted among the first eight selections Thursday in the Major League Soccer Draft. Overall, the Zips had seven players chosen -- all within the top 33 picks.

Omar Salgado, a 17-year-old forward on the U.S. Under-20 team, was selected by the expansion Vancouver Whitecaps with the first pick. Then came the run on Akron players: No. 2 Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers); No. 3 Perry Kitchen (D.C. United); No. 4 Zarek Valentin (Chivas USA); No. 7 Kofi Sarkodie (Houston Dynamo); and No. 8 Michael Nanchoff (Vancouver).

“Very surprised and absolutely ecstatic,” Timbers head coach John Spencer said of snaring Nagbe. “He’s very versatile,” Spencer said. “He’s a pure, natural talent and we’re delighted to have him in Portland.”

Nagbe, a junior forward and midfielder who helped Akron win its first NCAA title, was awarded the Hermann Trophy last week as the top men’s college soccer player.

Akron's Chris Korb was chosen 31st by D.C. United and the San Jose Earthquakes selected Anthony Ampaipitakwong with the No. 33 pick.

Five players from the University of California were drafted, including Servando Carrasco, Hector Jimenez, Demitrius Omphroy, Davis Paul and A.J. Soares.

The University of North Carolina had four players selected: Eddie Ababio, Jalil Anibaba, Michael Farfan and Stephen McCarthy.

Akron defeated Louisville 1-0 in the NCAA College Cup final in December, capturing the school’s first championship in any sport. It was the Zips second consecutive appearance in the College Cup finals.

Two players from Louisville were selected, Charlie Campbell and J.T. Murray. Akron's draft class potentially ranks among the all-time greats

Pick Club Player Pos. School
1 Vancouver Whitecaps Omar Salgado F U.S. U-20
2 Portland Timbers Darlington Nagbe F Akron
3 D.C. United Perry Kitchen M/D Akron
4 Chivas USA Zarek Valentin D Akron
5 Philadelphia Union Zac MacMath GK Maryland
6 New England Revolution A.J. Soares D California
7 Houston Dynamo Kofi Sarkodie D Akron
8 Vancouver Whitecaps Michael Nanchoff M Akron
9 Chicago Fire Jalil Anibaba D North Carolina
10 Sporting Kansas City C.J. Sapong F James Madison
11 Houston Dynamo Will Bruin F Indiana
12 Columbus Crew Rich Balchan D Indiana
13 New York Red Bulls Corey Hertzog F Penn State
14 Chivas USA Victor Estupinan F Ecuador
15 Columbus Crew Justin Meram F Michigan
16 L.A. Galaxy Paolo Cardozo M Uruguay
17 FC Dallas Bobby Warshaw M Stanford
18 Colorado Rapids Eddie Ababio D North Carolina
19 Vancouver Whitecaps Jeb Brovsky M Notre Dame
20 Seattle Sounders Michael Tetteh D/M UCSB
21 Seattle Sounders Juan Leone Cruz D SMU
22 Portland Timbers Chris Taylor D Tulsa
23 Philadelphia Union Michael Farfan M North Carolina
24 New England Revolution Stephen McCarthy M North Carolina
25 New York Red Bulls John Rooney M England
26 Toronto FC Demitrius Omphroy D California
27 Seattle Sounders Servando Carrasco M California
28 Columbus Crew Cole Grossman M Duke
29 Seattle Sounders Bryan Meredith GK Monmouth
30 New York Red Bulls Tyler Lassiter D North Carolina State
31 D.C. United Chris Korb D Akron
32 Sporting Kansas City J.T. Murray D Louisville
33 San Jose Earthquakes Anthony Ampaipitakwong M Akron
34 L.A. Galaxy Hector Jimenez M California
35 FC Dallas Charlie Campbell M Louisville
36 Colorado Rapids Colin Givens D Michigan State
37 Vancouver Whitecaps Bilal Duckett D Notre Dame
38 New York Red Bulls Billy Cortes M Maryland
39 New England Revolution Steven Perry F Notre Dame
40 Chivas USA Jon Okafor M/D Brown
41 Philadelphia Union Levi Houapeu F Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County
42 New England Revolution Ryan Kinne M/F Monmouth
43 Toronto FC Matt Gold D Ohio State
44 Toronto FC Junior Burgos M Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo
45 Chicago Fire Jason Herrick F Maryland
46 Sporting Kansas City Konrad Warzycha M Ohio State
47 Seattle Sounders Alex Caskey M Davidson College
48 Columbus Crew Bernardo Anor M South Florida
49 Toronto FC Joao Plata M LDU Quito
50 D.C. United Joe Willis GK Denver
51 Chicago Fire Davis Paul F California
52 Real Salt Lake Jarad van Schaik M Portland
53 FC Dallas Scott Gordon D Lynn
54 New England Revolution Alan Koger F William & Mary