SuperDraft - 2020 - Pick Image - Robbie Robinson

Inter Miami CF uses No. 1 overall pick to select Robbie Robinson of Clemson Univ. in MLS SuperDraft 2020 presented by adidas

Nashville SC makes deals to end with three first-round selections in club’s first MLS SuperDraft
 
NEW YORK (Thursday, January 9, 2020) – Expansion clubs Inter Miami CF and Nashville SC made major moves in building their teams for their inaugural seasons in Major League Soccer on Thursday, each club making a number of selections in 2020 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas.
 
Inter Miami CF came into the SuperDraft holding two of the first three selections. They used the No. 1 overall pick to select Generation adidas forward Robbie Robinson of Clemson Univ., Inter Miami CF owner David Beckham calling his new charge via Skype to inform him. Robinson was the winner this year of the MAC Hermann Trophy, awarded to the top male and female college soccer players in the USA, and became the first player ever from Clemson to be selected No. 1 overall in the MLS draft.
 
Inter Miami then used their third selection overall to select defender Dylan Nealis of Georgetown University, which this year won the NCAA Division I College Cup in men’s soccer for the first time in school history.
 
Nashville SC held the second selection overall, which they used to select Generation adidas defender Jack Maher of Indiana University. Nashville then bolstered its squad even further in the club’s inaugural draft, making trades to garner a pair of additional selections, obtaining the 11th selection overall from the Colorado Rapids (which they used to select defender Alistair Johnston of Wake Forest Univ.), and the 13th selection overall from the New England Revolution (which they used for goalkeeper Elliot Panicco of the Univ. of North Carolina Charlotte).
 
Vancouver Whitecaps FC held the fourth selection overall, and they chose Generation adidas defender Ryan Raposo of Syracuse University, one of four players from Canada selected in Friday’s first round. A pair of Generation adidas players both from the Univ. of Virginia went with the next two picks, Daryl Dike going to Orlando City SC with the fifth selection, and Henry Kessler to the New England Revolution with the sixth pick. All five members of the Generation adidas class of 2020 went in the first six selections overall.
 
Columbus Crew SC made the seventh pick, selecting defender Miguel Berry of the Univ. of San Diego, and with the eighth pick, the Houston Dynamo chose forward Garrett McLaughlin of Southern Methodist Univ. The Montréal Impact used the ninth selection overall to select defender Jeremy Kelly of the Univ. of North Carolina, whose rights the club then traded to the Colorado Rapids. The New York Red Bulls completed the top 10 selections with defender Patrick Seagrist of Marquette Univ.
 
Two schools had two players selected in the first round: Georgetown Univ. and the Univ. of Virginia, who met for the NCAA Division I College Cup championship in December.
 
Players from 39 colleges and universities were represented in the 52 selections overall, led by Clemson and Virginia, both with three. There were also players selected from 13 different countries: USA, Canada, Brazil, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Senegal and Spain.
 
Rounds 3 and 4 of the 2020 SuperDraft presented by adidas will be held via conference call on Monday, Jan. 13, beginning at 3 p.m. ET.
 
  • Video soundbytes from first-round selection are available HERE.
  • USA TODAY Sports Images from the watch party for No. 1 overall pick Robbie Robinson are available HERE.
 
A round-by-round summary of the 2020 SuperDraft follows:
 
 
 
ROUND 1
 
#
TEAM
PLAYER
POS.
HT
WT
DOB
HOMETOWN
CLUB/COLLEGE
1.
MIA
Robbie Robinson *
FW
6-2
170
12/17/1998
Camden, S.C.
Clemson Univ.
2.
NSH
Jack Maher *
DF
6-3
175
10/28/1999
Caseyville, Ill.
Indiana Univ.
3.
MIA
Dylan Nealis
DF
5-11
175
07/30/1998
Massapequa, N.Y.
Georgetown Univ.
4.
VAN
Ryan Raposo *
FW
5-7
142
03/05/1999
Hamilton, Ont., Canada
Syracuse Univ.
5.
ORL
Daryl Dike *
FW
6-2
220
06/03/2000
Edmond, Okla.
Univ. of Virginia
6.
NE
Henry Kessler *
DF
6-4
185
06/25/1998
New York, N.Y.
Univ. of Virginia
7.
CLB
Miguel Berry
FW
6-3
180
09/16/1997
Poway, Calif.
Univ. of San Diego
8.
HOU
Garrett McLaughlin
FW
6-0
175
11/10/1997
Oklahoma City, Okla.
Southern Methodist Univ.
9.
MTL
Jeremy Kelly
DF
5-10
145
10/21/1997
Chapel Hill, N.C.
Univ. of North Carolina
10.
NYR %
Patrick Seagrist
DF
6-0
170
02/21/1998
Streamwood, Ill.
Marquette Univ.
11.
NSH &
Alistair Johnston
DF
5-11
170
10/08/1998
Aurora, Ont., Canada
Wake Forest Univ.
12.
SJ
Tanner Beason
DF
6-1
175
03/23/1997
Winston-Salem, N.C.
Stanford Univ.
13.
NSH #
Elliot Panicco
GK
6-5
205
11/18/1996
Huntersville, N.C.
Univ. of North Carolina Charlotte
14.
DAL
Nkosi Burgess
DF
6-4
185
03/23/1997
Manhattan, N.Y.
Seattle Univ.
15.
NYR
Cherif Dieye
MF
5-9
150
11/11/1997
Dakar, Senegal
Univ. of Louisville
16.
POR
Aaron Molloy
MF
5-11
165
01/11/1997
Dublin, Ireland
Pennsylvania State Univ.
17.
DAL
Cal Jennings
FW
5-11
163
05/17/1997
Roswell, Ga.
Univ. of Central Florida
18.
MIN
Noah Billingsley
DF
6-2
185
08/06/1997
Wellington, New Zealand
Univ. of California, Santa Barbara
19.
TOR
Nyal Higgins
DF
6-2
173
01/19/1998
Ajax, Ont., Canada
Syracuse Univ.
20.
RSL
Dayonn Harris
FW
5-7
155
08/29/1997
Milton, Ont, Canada
Univ. of Connecticut
21.
DC @
Simon Lefebvre
GK
6-9
210
05/06/1997
Ossun, France
Temple Univ.
22.
NYC
Jesús Perez
MF
5-10
145
10/01/1997
Waukegan, Ill.
Univ. of Illinois at Chicago
23.
ATL
Patrick Nielsen
DF
6-4
187
09/18/1996
Copenhagen, Denmark
Michigan State Univ.
24.
LFC
Paulo Pita
GK
6-3
 
06/03/1994
Santos, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Marshall Univ.
25.
TOR
Ifunanyachi Achara
FW
5-10
161
09/28/1997
Enugu, Nigeria
Georgetown Univ.
26.
CHI
Jonathan Jimenez
FW
5-11
 
12/17/1997
Cape Coral, Fla.
Univ. of the Pacific
 
* Generation adidas
 
% CHI trade No. 10 overall selection in 2020 to NYR for $100,000 general allocation money
& COL trade No. 11 overall selection in 2020 to NSH for $75,000 general allocation money
# NE trade No. 13 overall selection in 2020 to NSH for $50,000 general allocation money, $50,000 conditional allocation money
@ PHI trade No. 21 overall selection in 2020, No. 21 selection in 2020 Allocation Ranking to DC for No. 17 selection in 2020 Allocation Ranking, potential $50,000 in General Allocation Money
 

TEAM-BY-TEAM SELECTIONS:

 

Atlanta United (1): Patrick Nielsen (23)

Chicago Fire FC (1): Jonathan Jimenez (26)

FC Cincinnati (1): Rey Ortiz (29)

Colorado Rapids (1): Robin Afamefuna (37)

Columbus Crew SC (3): Miguel Berry (7); Remi Prieur (47); Danny Griffin (49)

D.C. United (2): Simon Lefebvre (21); Josh Fawole (42)

FC Dallas (3): Nkosi Burgess (14); Cal Jennings (17); Manuel Ferriol (40)

Houston Dynamo (2): Garrett McLaughlin (8); Luka Prpa (34)

Sporting Kansas City (0)

LA Galaxy (1): Tom Smart (45)

Los Angeles Football Club (2): Paulo Pita (24); Jack Hallahan (50)

Inter Miami CF (2): Robbie Robinson (1); Dylan Nealis (3)

Minnesota United FC (1): Noah Billingsley (18)

Montréal Impact (1): Jeremy Kelly (9)

Nashville SC (4): Jack Maher (2); Alistair Johnston (11); Elliot Panicco (13); Tanner Dieterich (28)

New England Revolution (3): Henry Kessler (6); Simon Lekressner (30); Keegan Meyer (43)

New York Red Bulls (4): Patrick Seagrist (10); Cherif Diaye (15); Wallis Lapsley (36); Deri Corfe (41)

New York City FC (2): Jesús Perez (22); Felicien Dumas (48)

Orlando City SC (4): Daryl Dike (5); Joey DeZart (31); Jonathan Dean (39); Austin Aviza (44)

Philadelphia Union (0)

Portland Timbers (1): Aaron Molloy (16)

Real Salt Lake (2): Dayonn Harris (20); Michael Wetungu (46)

San Jose Earthquakes (3): Tanner Beason (12); Jack Skahan (27); Jon Bell (38)

Seattle Sounders FC (2): Danny Reynolds (35); Timo Mehlich (52)

Toronto FC (4): Nyal Higgins (19); Ifunanyachi Achara (25); Malick Mbaye (33); Simon Waever (51)

Vancouver Whitecaps FC (2): Ryan Raposo (4), Daniel Gagliardi (32)

 

COLLEGE-BY-COLLEGE SELECTIONS:

Univ. of Akron (1): Tom Smart

Univ. of California (1): Simon Lekressner

Univ. of California, Davis (1): Wallis Lapsley

Univ. of California, Santa Barbara (1): Noah Billingsley

Univ. of Central Florida (2): Jonathan Dean; Cal Jennings

Clemson Univ. (3): Tanner Dieterich; Malick Mbaye; Robbie Robinson

Univ. of Connecticut (1): Dayonn Harris

Florida International Univ. (1): Daniel Gagliardi

Georgetown Univ. (2): Ifunanyachi Achara; Dylan Nealis

High Point Univ. (1): Keegan Meyer

Univ. of Illinois at Chicago (1): Jesús Perez

Indiana Univ. (2): Jack Maher; Simon Waever

James Madison Univ. (1): Manuel Ferriol

Univ. of Louisville (1): Cherif Diaye

Loyola Univ. Maryland (1): Josh Fawole

Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County (1): Jon Bell

Marquette Univ. (2): Luka Prpa; Patrick Seagrist

Marshall Univ. (1): Paulo Pita

Univ. of Michigan (1): Jack Hallahan

Michigan State Univ. (2): Patrick Nielsen; Michael Wetungu

University of Nevada Las Vegas (1): Timo Mehlich

Univ. of North Carolina (2): Jeremy Kelly; Jack Skahan

Univ. of North Carolina at Charlotte (1): Elliot Panicco

Univ. of North Carolina Wilmington (1): Danny Reynolds

Univ. of Notre Dame (1): Felicien Dumas

Univ. of the Pacific (1): Jonathan Jimenez

Penn State Univ. (1): Aaron Molloy

Univ. of Portland (1); Rey Ortiz

Providence College (2): Austin Aviza; Danny Griffin

Saint Mary’s College (1): Remi Prieur

Univ. of San Diego (1): Miguel Berry

Seattle Univ. (1): Nkosi Burgess

Southern Methodist Univ. (1): Garrett McLaughlin

Stanford Univ. (1): Tanner Beason

Syracuse Univ. (2): Nyal Higgins; Ryan Raposo

Temple Univ. (1): Simon Lefebvre

Univ. of Virginia (3): Robin Afamefuna, Daryl Dike, Henry Kessler

Wake Forest Univ. (2): Joey DeZart, Alistair Johnston

Wright State Univ. (1): Deri Corfe

 

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