SAN JOSE -- The Earthquakes selected Georgetown defender Tommy Muller with the No. 15 overall pick at the MLS SuperDraft on Thursday in Indianapolis.
San Jose picked University of San Diego midfielder Dan Delgado in the second round at No. 33 overall.
Muller, 21, of Altamonte Springs, Fla., was part of a talented Hoyas back line that posted 10 shutouts and advanced to the 2012 College Cup final.
Considered undersized as a center back, the 5-foot-11 Muller ranked in the top five with his quickness score at the MLS combine in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
"He is a good, solid, athletic central defender that we were looking for at the combine, so a good one," Quakes coach Frank Yallop said.
On a day of wheeling and dealing, the New England Revolution selected Louisville defender Andrew Farrell as the top pick after trading up with Toronto FC.
The Vancouver Whitecaps FC selected Santa Clara midfielder Erik Hurtado with the No. 5 overall pick. Hurtado, the 2012 West Coast Conference Player of the Year, had five game-winning goals in conference play.
Muller, who called being selected a "huge honor," doesn't see his size as a drawback.
"I have a lot of the athletic tools to be successful as a center back, with jumping and recovery speed, but I think more than that, my thinking and my vision of the field is good," said Muller, a two-time Hoyas captain.
Muller should fill a need with the recent trade of backup Ike Opara
Before the draft got underway, the Earthquakes sent another second-round pick (No. 34 overall) to the Portland Timbers for the rights to forward Mike Fucito.
Fucito, 26, appeared in 12 games for the Timbers last season after coming from the Montreal Impact.
Delgado did not participate in the MLS combine because he is suffering from a right quadriceps injury. But the Quakes were impressed with him at the team combine.
"We liked his speed. He was a good soccer player," Yallop said. "Lucito is already an established player in our league. All three players we're happy with."
Bay Area News Group staff writer Elliott Almond contributed to this report.