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Loons draft New Zealander, Cal-Santa Barbara defender Noah Billingsley

Minnesota United Draftee Noah Billingsley playing for the University of California at Santa Barbara Photo: Big West Conference / UCSB
Minnesota United Draftee Noah Billingsley playing for the University of California at Santa Barbara

Updated: January 09, 2020 03:30 PM

With the 18th pick of the first round of the 2020 MLS SuperDraft, Minnesota United picks right back Noah Billingsley from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

“We were looking at our draft position and you don’t know who’s going to be there. Noah was someone that we were hoping was going to be there and potentially looking to move up to get him,” said MNUFC Technical Director Mark Watson. “He’s someone we’re really excited about and he’s got all the qualities that we think are necessary to make it to the next level and he’s got a great opportunity.”
 
The 22-year-old New Zealand international, originally a forward, made the move to defense in his junior year and has since started the last 36 games for the Gauchos, with one goal — a game-winner — and six assists in 2019. Billingsley was named to the 2018 All-Big West First Team, the 2018 All-Far West Region Team and the 2016 Big West All-Freshman Team.

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Internationally, Billingsley currently plays with the New Zealand National Team alongside current Loon and centerback Michael Boxall. He made his national team debut with the U20s in 2015, earning six caps and scoring the U20s’ first World Cup goal in New Zealand history in a 5-1 win over Myanmar that same year. He was the youngest player on that World Cup team. He made his senior national team debut in 2018 coming on as a sub in the 62nd minute versus Kenya in the 2018 Hero Intercontinental Cup on June 2, 2018.
 
Courtesy: Minnesota United FC

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