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Notre Dame soccer's Gallagher selected in first round of MLS Draft

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Notre Dame men's soccer is going through a change in this offseason. The Irish will be under new leadership as Chad Riley replaces longtime head coach Bobby Clark.

They'll also be without captain Jon Gallagher, who ends his Notre Dame career by earning a spot in the MLS.

Gallagher was selected by Atlanta United FC, with the 14th overall pick of Friday's MLS SuperDraft.

The selection makes Gallagher the 10th Irish player to be picked in the first round since the SuperDraft began in 2004, adding to a long list of accomplishments in his career in the blue and gold.

Gallagher led the Irish with 13 goals during his senior season, with five of them being game-winners. His performance earned him a first-team All-ACC selection as well as second-team All-America honors. He finished his career with 39 goals - sixth-most in Irish history - and 93 total points.

This past season, Gallagher and the Irish made their 20th NCAA Tournament appearance, earning the 12th-overall seed in the country. The campaign came to an end in a 1-0 overtime loss to Wisconsin.

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