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Fisher sheds tears of joy

Published:Saturday | January 17, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer

University of New Mexico senior student Oniel Fisher shed tears of joy when he learnt about his draft in the first two rounds of the 2015 Major League Soccer (MLS) SuperDraft two days ago.

Fisher is among four Jamaicans that competed in the MLS Players Combine last month in Florida. The midfielder was taken 19th - 40th overall - by the Seattle Sounders.

The other Jamaicans selected are Romario Williams, who was selected third overall by Montreal Impact; Sergio Campbell of the University of Connecticut was the 19th pick in the first round; and Akiel Barrett fourth - 25th overall - out of the University of Tulsa.

Fisher on hearing the news could do nothing to stop the tears.

"I was in class at the time, and learnt about the good news through messages. It was a delightful feeling that brought tears of joy," Fisher told The Gleaner from New Mexico yesterday.

MOM HAPPY

The former St George's College Manning Cup winner said he immediately called his mother, Francine Parkins and told her of the news.

"She was happy for me, and thanked God for giving me this opportunity in my football career," the 23 year-old Fisher added.

Looking ahead, Fisher said: "I have to go there and continue to work hard."

He was also happy that his friends Romario Williams and Sergio Campbell, as well as Akiel Barrett were also selected.

Fisher made his international debut for Jamaica's senior team in a 3-1 victory over Trinidad and Tobago. He also played for the Under-20 team in the 2011 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship.

He is scheduled to graduate from the University of New Mexico in May.