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Originally published: 2013-01-24 15:44:25
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Moving up to the next level

by Staff Reports

Two former Watauga High soccer players were selected in by Major League Soccer on Tuesday.
Mark Linnville, who played collegiately at Princeton, was picked by the Philadelphia Union in the second round as the 24th overall pick.

Jennings Rex, who played his college soccer at Charlotte, was selected in the fourth round by the Seattle Sounders in the MSL’s Supplemental Draft.

Linnville was a four-year starter and a two-year team captain at Princeton. He is just the seventh soccer player in Ivy League history to be named first-team All-Ivy League in all four of his years.
Linnville played in every game — 69 overall — while at Princeton. He started all but one of those games. Linnville finished with four goals and 13 assists with the Tigers.
Rex led the 49ers with 11 goals in 2012. His goals were the most in one season since Chris Salvaggione scored 15 goals in 2008.

Rex scored tow goals in Charlotte victories over Stony Brook, La Salle, Rhode Island and Alabama-Birmingham in the NCAA Tournament. Charlotte reached the NCAA Tournament three times in Rex’s four years with the 49ers.

Rex finished his Charlotte career with 24 goals, three assists and 51 points.