The 2015 MLS SuperDraft took place on Thursday, as Canadian national team striker Cyle Larin was selected as the No. 1 overall pick by Orlando City SC.
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After 23 goals in 39 games at the University of Connecticut, Larin signed a Generation Adidas deal with MLS and was projected to be the No. 1 pick. Larin was not present at the SuperDraft, as he is currently on international duty for Canada’s U-20 side.
With the second overall pick New York City FC selected Khiry Shelton, a striker from Oregon State University, while with the third picked the Montreal Impact selected Generation Adidas striker Romario Williams who hails from Jamaica and played at the University of Central Florida.
Rounding out the top five picks, Fatai Alashe was the fourth pick overall from Michigan State University as the San Jose Earthquakes picked him up, while Nick Besler from the University of Notre Dame (U.S. national team defender Matt Besler’s brother) went fifth overall to the Portland Timbers.
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Surprisingly only four Generation Adidas players (they do not count towards the salary cap) were taken in the first round, while just trades were made as Colorado traded up to pick up Swedish defender Axel Sjoberg and the Seattle Sounders grabbed highly-rated midfielder Cristian Roldan in a trade with Real Salt Lake. Toronto FC and Sporting Kansas City both had three selections, with TFC going for two Syracuse University products in U.S. national team ‘keeper Alex Bono and Canadian defender Skylar Thomas, along with NC State’s French defender Clement Simonin.
The draft continues to take place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, as 42 players will be selected from college soccer over the first two rounds.
Below are the first round picks, as ProSoccerTalk will have you covered on all the latest news from the SuperDraft right here.
1. Cyle Larin, F, University of Connecticut – Orlando City SC
2. Khiry Shelton, F, Oregon State University – New York City FC
3. Romario Williams, F, University of Central Florida – Montreal Impact
4. Fatai Alashe, MF, Michigan State University – San Jose Earthquakes
5. Nick Besler, MF, University of Notre Dame – Portland Timbers
6. Alex Bono, GK, Syracuse University – Toronto FC
7. Matt Polster, DF, Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville – Chicago Fire
8. Zach Steinberger, MF, Butler University – Houston Dynamo
9. Clement Simonin – DF, North Carolina State University – Toronto FC
10. Connor Hallisey – MF, University of California, Berkeley – Sporting Kansas City
11. Skylar Thomas – DF, Syracuse University – Toronto FC
12. Saad Abdul-Salaam – DF, University of Akron – Sporting Kansas City
13. Tim Parker – DF, St. John’s University – Vancouver Whitecaps
14. Axel Sjoberg – DF, Marquette University – Colorado Rapids (traded w/ Columbus for 2016 pick, future considerations)
15. Otis Earle – DF, University of California, Riverside – FC Dallas
16. Cristian Roldan – MF, University of Washington – Seattle Sounders (traded w/ Real Salt Lake for 27th pick, future considerations)
17. Miguel Aguilar – F, University of San Francisco – D.C. United
18. Leo Stolz – MF, University of California – New York Red Bulls
19. Sergio Campbell – DF, University of Connecticut – Columbus Crew
20. Amadou Dia, F/MF, Clemson University – Sporting Kansas City
21. Ignacio Magnato – F, Iona College – LA Galaxy
22. Conor Donovan, D, NC State — Orlando City SC
23. Connor Brandt, M, San Diego — New York City FC
24. Andy Thoma, D, Washington — Portland Timbers
25. Akeil Barrett, F, Tulsa — Orlando City SC
26. Joseph Greenspan, D, Navy — Colorado Rapids
27. Boyd Okwunu, D, North Carolina — Real Salt Lake
28. Kingsley Bryce, F, St Louis — Chicago Fire
29. Wesley Charpie, D, South Florida — Toronto FC
30. Oumar Ballo, D, Maryland-Baltimore County — Houston Dynamo
31. Dzenan Catic, F, Davenport — Philadelphia Union
32. Christian Volesky, F, SIU Edwardsville — Portland Timbers
33. Tyler Miller, GK, Northwestern — Seattle Sounders
34. Kharlton Belmar, F, Virginia Commonwealth — Portland Timbers
35. Sagi Lev-Ari, F, Cal State-Northridge — Columbus Crew
36. Rob Lovejoy, F, North Carolina — Houston Dynamo
37. Edwin Rivas, F, Cal State-Northridge — Toronto FC
38. Kay Banjo, F, Baltimore-Maryland County — Vancouver Whitecaps
39. Stefano Bonomo, F, California — New York Red Bulls
40. Oneil Fisher, M, New Mexico — Seattle Sounders
41. Eric Bird, M, Virgina — Philadelphia Union
42. Dan Metzger, M, Maryland — D.C. United