Download Video: Press Conference with No. 1 overall pick Ben Bender (University of Maryland)

Download Video: NASCAR Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson announced Charlotte FC's No. 1 pick

NEW YORK (January 11, 2022) – Major League Soccer today hosted MLS SuperDraft 2022 presented by adidas, which featured expansion club Charlotte FC selecting Ben Bender (University of Maryland) as the No. 1 overall pick. Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson announced Charlotte’s top pick.

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No. 1 Overall Pick: Charlotte FC select Ben Bender
(University of Maryland)

  • Jimmie Johnson announces No.1 overall pick | Download Video
  • No. 1 Pick Press Conference: Download Video
  • Bender on being selected No. 1 overall (0:05)
  • Bender on the influence of his brothers, Jacob and Josh (5:12)
  • Bender on preparing to arrive in Charlotte for the first time (8:10)
  • Player Assets: Download Reaction Video | Download Action Photos
  • Player Bio: Ben Bender was an All-Big Ten selection in each his first two seasons at the University of Maryland. He was the unanimous Big Ten Midfielder of the Year selection in 2021 after scoring seven goals and notching five assists in 18 games. He also garnered first-team All-American honors from the United Soccer Coaches following that campaign. As a freshman, Bender started all 11 games for the Terrapins, scoring two goals. Bender prepped at Calvert Hall College High School in Towson, Md., where he was named a 2019 Allstate All-American and was a two-time All-MIAA selection.

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