UNLV’s Bernal taken in MLS draft

UNLV’s Salvador Bernal was drafted by Toronto FC in the fourth round of the 2015 MLS SuperDraft on Tuesday.

Bernal, who played at Clark High School, was the 70th pick in the draft.

The 5-foot-6-inch forward was the top offensive player for the Rebels, who finished with a 14-5-3 record, won the WAC title and earned an NCAA Tournament berth. Bernal earned all-conference and All-America honors.

He’s the fourth Rebel to be drafted by an MLS team following Victor “Boomer” Arbelaez in 2005, Rod Dyachenko in 2006 and Danny Cruz in 2008. Cruz plays for the Philadelphia Union, and Lamar Neagle, an undrafted free agent, plays for the Seattle Sounders.

Two other Las Vegans were taken on the first day of the draft on Thursday. Matt Polster, Palo Verde High and Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, was selected in the first round by the Chicago Fire. Christian Volesky, Foothill High and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, was selected in the second round by the Portland Timbers.

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