College to MLS: Which SuperDraft picks are most impactful in 2022?
The 2022 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas class is shaping up to be solid, with several players emerging as key contributors heading into the June international break.
Ian Murphy was drafted by FC Cincinnati No. 14 overall in the first round of MLS SuperDraft 2022 on January 12, 2022. On February 23, 2022, Murphy was officially signed to a contract through the 2022 season, with options through the 2025 season. His option for 2023 was exercised on November 15, 2022.
2022 (FC Cincinnati): Made 26 regular season appearances, including 16 starts, in his rookie season, scoring one goal … appeared in both MLS Cup Playoff matches including starting the Eastern Conference Semifinal against Philadelphia Union … scored his first and only goal on April 30 at Toronto FC, a first half goal which helped the Orange and Blue take a 2-1 road win … his goal came on his only shot of the entire season, and he became the third player in FCC’s MLS history to score a goal with his first shot (Leonardo Bertone, 3/2/19 at SEA; Brenner, 4/17/21 at NSH) … made his debut in a start on March 12 at Orlando City SC … started in three clean sheets where he played the full 90 minutes, two coming in a four-day span vs Toronto FC (May 4) and at Minnesota United FC (May 7) … made four appearances for FC Cincinnati 2 of MLS NEXT Pro.
COLLEGE (Duke): Started 64 of his 69 career matches for the Duke Blue Devils over four seasons, tallying 1,748 minutes in his final season in a Duke defense that allowed just 23 goals in 20 games … earned third-team All-South region honors in 2021 and is a three-time ACC Academic Honor Roll member … was named Duke’s Defender of the Year in 2021 … tallied three goals and three assists during his career, all during his freshman season. Prior to Duke he attended one semester of residency with the United States U17 Youth National Team … club career was spent with FC Golden State Academy.