Owens Community College Express soccer standout Sean Bucknor of Montego Bay, Jamaica has signed a contract with the FC Dallas professional organization. The Cornwall College (Montego Bay, Jamaica) graduate is the first-ever Express student-athlete in the soccer program’s history to play professionally in Major League Soccer (MLS).
“We’re very happy to have Sean Bucknor with us,” said FC Dallas Head Coach Schellas Hyndman. “Sean is an athletic player who has great size, strength and speed. He’s very enthusiastic, you can see the hunger in his eyes, and he’s going to be a difficult player for opponents to handle.”
FC Dallas, a charter member of MLS, opens its 2009 home season on March 21 against the Chicago Fire. Last year, FC Dallas finished with an 8-10-12 overall record and fifth place in the MLS Western Conference Standings.
“I am very proud and excited that Sean has an opportunity to compete at the professional level,” said Art Johnson, Owens Head Coach of the Express men’s soccer program. “He is extremely athletic and a talented goal scorer. I expect him to make a very smooth transition to the MLS.”
While at Owens, Bucknor became the first men’s soccer student-athlete to earn All-American recognition, receiving the honor in 2006 and 2007. During his sophomore season in 2007, he broke several school records, including most goals and points for a career with 56 and 123, respectively. He was fourth in the country in points scored with 64.
In addition to his All-American honors, Bucknor was a two-time OCCAC Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year, and earned NJCAA All-Region XII First Team honors in 2006 and 2007. The men’s soccer program compiled a 21-17-3 overall record during his career. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Bucknor also was a member of the Jamaica Under 17 National Team.