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Ahead of MLS SuperDraft, Top Prospects Visit Philadelphia High School

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General view of signage prior to the 2013 MLS SuperDraft Presented by Adidas at the Indiana Convention Center on January 17, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

General view of signage prior to the 2013 MLS SuperDraft Presented by Adidas at the Indiana Convention Center on January 17, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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By Paul Kurtz

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The nation’s top college soccer prospects are in town for this week’s MLS SuperDraft. Six of them paid a visit to Christo Rey Philadelphia High School on North Broad Street Wednesday.

The prospects kicked soccer balls with about two-dozen students and gave some helpful life lessons during a Q and A session. Fifteen-year-old sophomore Taliya Houston asked about the secrets to success inside and outside the classroom.

“I’m really into sports so I wanted to know how to balance out education, academics and sporting and outside stuff,” she said.

It’s all about organizing and scheduling, she was told. Maryland’s Patrick Mullins, the No. 1 player in college soccer this past season, said his game picked up after he adjusted his diet.

“If you don’t eat well you can’t concentrate as much in the classroom. You can’t come in here and shoot hoops as well as you would so it’s a big deal. And I saw the results on the field and in the classroom. I was more attentive throughout the day. I think I had more energy out on the field,” Mullins said.

One of those prospects is likely to end up playing here in Philadelphia. The Union has two of the first six picks in Thursday’s MSL SuperDraft.

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