We are here again at the annual MLS SuperDraft, as you join in the excitement, we have prepared this article to help you know a few important things about the draft.
All eyes would be on LAFC this year as they hold the first overall pick in this year’s draft in Philadelphia.
The draft order:
The first round of this year’s draft breaks down like this:
1-5: Los Angeles FC, LA Galaxy, D.C United, Montreal Impact, Minnesota United
6-10: Orlando City, Montreal Impact, New England Revolution, New England Revolution, Real Salt Lake
11-15: FC Dallas, San Jose Earthquakes, Sporting Kansas City, Atlanta United, Chicago Fire
16-20: New York Red Bulls, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Sporting Kansas City, New York City FC, Houston Dynamo
21-23: Columbus Crew, Seattle Sounders, Toronto FC
The three Canadian teams are each afforded one pick in the second, third and fourth round.
While the round one and two would take place on Friday in Philadephia, the third and fourth round would be conducted by telephone on the 21st of this month.
There are 220 players available for selection in this draft.
Generation Adidas players
Generation Adidas players are youth national team players and NCAA underclassmen who have already signed Generation Adidas contracts with the MLS and so are eligible to earn higher than the league’s minimum. They tend to be picked first overall.
Cyle Larin was a Generation Adidas player in the 2015 draft while Abu Danladi who was last year’s first overall pick is also a Generation Adidas player.
This year’s generation Adidas players include Mo Adams of Syracuse, Joao Moutinho of Akron, Ema Twumasi of Wake Forest, Edward Opoku of Virginia, among others.
Any consensus No.1 pick?
There is really not a consensus number pick in this year’s draft, Moutinho is generating a lot of buzz as his ability to play well in midfield and defence seem to make him very valuable. Jon Bakero who is the son of a former Barcelona star is also getting a lot of attention.
Are there any late gems to be discovered?
There is always the possibility of a late gem surfacing in draft picks like this, Chris Wondolowski was the No.41 overall pick in 2005, while Jonathan Bornstein who would go on to win the Rookie of the year was selected No.37 overall by Chivas in 2006.
So let us keep our fingers crossed to see who becomes this year’s late gem.