MLS SuperDraft retrospective: Checking in on the state of the 2020 draft class

The SuperDraft is set to roll around again, and part of our annual lead-up ceremony is to remind you how all of the 2020 picks have fared since hearing their names called last January.

Though the number of players who made at least one MLS game day selection remained the same from 2019, the total number of league games played by those draft picks fell off a good bit due to the vagaries of a very odd year.

It's quite reasonable to think the same cause can help explain why fewer 2020 draftees can still be found on an MLS roster one year later when compared to the 2019 group. On the other hand, the tally of SuperDraft choices who ended up signing for a USL outfit climbed by one.

Of the 77 players selected:

  • 28 - Made an MLS roster (same as 2019)
  • 6 - Appeared in 1+ MLS games (down 16)
  • 5 - Appeared in 10+ MLS games (down 3)
  • 3 - Appeared in 20+ MLS games (same as 2019)
  • 18 - Currently on an MLS roster (down 6)
  • 8 - Loaned to a USL Championship club (down 9)
  • 31 - Signed by a USL Championship club (up 1)

Round 1 - 2020 MLS SuperDraft

1 MIA Robbie Robinson [active MLS player]
12 games, 4 starts, 1 assist for Inter Miami
Also dressed for 1 Audi 2020 MLS Playoffs game
2 NSH Jack Maher [active MLS player]
3 games, 1 start for Nashville SC
Loaned to Charlotte Independence in Mar.; 1 start in USL
3 MIA Dylan Nealis [active MLS player]
19 games, 10 starts for Inter Miami
2 starts in MLS Is Back; Also 1 game in MLS Playoffs
4 VAN Ryan Raposo [active MLS player]
15 games, 2 starts, 1 assist for Vancouver; Also 3 games, 1 start in MLS Is Back
5 ORL Daryl Dike [active MLS player]
17 games, 15 starts, 8 goals, 4 assists for Orlando City
Named MLS Player of the Month for August
Played in 3 games, including the final, as the Lions finished as runners-up in MLS Is Back; Also made 2 starts in MLS Playoffs
Finished 3rd in Young Player of the Year voting; Earned first USMNT call-up in Nov.
6 NE Henry Kessler [active MLS player]
22 games, 18 starts, 1 goal for New England; Helped team set a new club record for lowest goals against average
Named to MLS Team of the Week 3 times
Started 3 MLS Is Back games; Also started 4 games in MLS Playoffs as the Revs reached the Eastern Conference final
7 CLB Miguel Berry [active MLS player]
Dressed for all 4 of the Crew's MLS Is Back games, but did not appear
Loaned to San Diego Loyal in Aug.; 6 starts, 2 goals, 2 assists in USL
Columbus contract option exercised in Dec.
8 HOU Garrett McLaughlin
Signed with Rio Grande Valley in Feb.; 11 games, 8 starts in USL
Contract option declined in Dec.
9 MTL Jeremy Kelly [active MLS player]
Traded to Colorado for $75K GAM on SuperDraft day; 8 games, 2 starts, 1 assist for the Rapids
Contract option declined in Dec.
10 RBNY Patrick Seagrist [active MLS player]
3 starts for NY Red Bulls
Contract option declined in Dec., then traded to Inter Miami for a 3rd round Superdraft pick + potential add-ons
11 NSH Alistair Johnston [active MLS player]
18 games, 15 starts, 1 assist for Nashville SC; Also 3 starts in MLS Playoffs
Contract option exercised in Dec.
Earned first Canada call-up in Jan.
12 SJ Tanner Beason [active MLS player]
9 starts for San Jose; Also dressed for five MLS Is Back games and 1 MLS Playoffs game
13 NSH Elliot Panicco [active MLS player]
Dressed 21 times for Nashville SC, but did not appear; Also dressed for 3 MLS Playoffs games
Contract option exercised in Dec.
14 DAL Nkosi Burgess [active MLS player]
Dressed for two FC Dallas games, but did not appear
Loaned to North Texas SC in Oct.; 6 starts, 1 goal, 1 assist in USL1
FC Dallas contract option exercised in Dec.
15 RBNY Cherif Dieye
Signed with New York Red Bulls II in Mar.; 15 games, 10 starts, 1 goal, 4 assists in USL
Released in Nov.
16 POR Aaron Molley
Signed with Portland Timbers 2 in Mar.; 15 starts, 1 goal, 1 assist in USL
17 DAL Cal Jennings
7 games, 3 starts for Real Monarchs
1 game in USL Playoffs, Real Monarchs won title
18 MIN Noah Billngsley [active MLS player]
1 game for Minnesota United; Also dressed for 2 MLS Playoffs games
Loaned to Las Vegas Lights in Aug.; 9 starts in USL
19 TOR Nyal Higgins
Signed by Toronto FC in July
Loaned to Swedish third flight side Nykoping in Aug.; 17 games, 16 starts, 1 goal
Toronto FC contract option exercised in Dec.
20 RSL Dayonn Harris
Signed with Real Monarchs in Feb.; 14 games, 11 starts, 3 assists in USL
Joined Tampa Bay Rowdies on Dec. 31
21 DC Simon Lefebvre
Signed with Loudoun United in Feb.; 6 starts in USL
Released in Dec., then signed to join Louisville City in Jan.
22 NYC Jesus Perez
Signed with Tacoma Defiance in Feb.; 14 games, 4 starts, 3 goals, 1 assist in USL
Released in Dec.
23 ATL Patrick Nielsen
Signed with Atlanta United 2 in Jul.; 10 games, 8 starts, 1 assist in USL
Released in Dec.
24 LAFC Paulo Pita
Signed with North Carolina FC in February; 1 start, 1 win in USL
25 TOR Ifunanyachi Achara [active MLS player]
Scored the winner on his Toronto FC debut, and was named to MLS Team of the Week
Would eventually miss the rest of the season following ACL surgery
26 CHI Jonathan Jimenez
Signed with Rio Grande Valley in Jul.; 9 games, 1 start, 1 goal, 1 assist in USL
Contract option declined in Dec.

Round 2 - 2020 MLS SuperDraft

1 (27) SJ Jack Skahan [active MLS player]
2 games for San Jose, 1 in MLS Is Back
Loaned to Reno 1868 in Mar.; 1 start, 1 goal in USL
2 (28) NSH Tanner Dieterich
Loaned to Charlotte Independence in Aug.; 12 games, 10 starts, 2 goals in USL
Out of contract in Dec.
3 (29) CIN Rey Ortiz
Loaned to Charlotte Independence in Feb.
16 games, 10 starts, 1 goal in USL; Also 1 start in USL Playoffs
Released in Dec.
4 (30) NE Simon Lekressner
Signed with New England Revolution II in Apr.; 1 USL1 start before missing the rest of the season with a knee injury
Contract option declined in Nov.
5 (31) ORL Joey DeZart [active MLS player]
11 games, 4 starts for Orlando City
6 (32) VAN Daniel Gagliardi
Signed with Ft. Lauterdale FC in Feb.; 2 games, 1 start in USL1
Released in Dec.
7 (33) TOR Malick Mbaye
Left preseason camp in Feb. to sign with North Carolina FC, 1 game in USL1
8 (34) HOU Luka Prpa
Signed with Rio Grande Valley in Feb.; 10 games, 7 starts, 2 goals, 1 assist in USL
Contract option declined in Dec.
9 (35) SEA Danny Reynolds
Signed with Tacoma Defiance in Feb.; 12 games, 6 starts, 4 assists in USL
Released in Dec.
10 (36) RBNY Wallis Lapsley
Signed with New York Red Bulls II in Mar.; 11 starts, 4 wins, 1 clean sheet in USL
Released in Nov.
11 (37) COL Robin Afamefuna
Had an extended stay in Rapids preseason camp, but was not offered a contract
12 (38) SJ Jon Bell
Signed by New England Revolution II in Jul.; 15 starts in USL1
13 (39) ORL Jonathan Dean
Signed with Birmingham Legion in Feb.
16 starts, 1 goal, 5 assists in USL; Also 1 start in USL Playoffs
14 (40) DAL Manuel Ferriol
Signed with FC Tucson in Feb.; 9 games, 1 start, 1 assist in USL1
15 (41) RBNY Deri Corfe
Signed with New York Red Bulls II in Mar.; 11 games, 4 starts, 2 goals, 1 assist in USL
Released in Nov.
16 (42) DC Josh Fawole
Signed with Loudoun United in Feb.; 10 games, 7 starts, 1 goal in USL
17 (43) NE Keegan Meyer
Signed with New England Revolution II in Feb.; 8 games, 7 starts, 3 wins, 2 clean sheets in USL1
Contract option declined in Nov.
18 (44) ORL Austin Aviza
Signed with Orlando City B in Mar.; 11 starts, 1 win, 1 clean sheet in USL1
Released in Nov.
19 (45) LA Tom Smart
Did not sign, not currently playing soccer
20 (46) RSL Michael Wetengu
Signed with Real Monarchs in Feb.; 2 games, 1 start in USL
Contract option declined in Nov.
21 (47) CLB Remi Prieur
Was not offered a contract by Columbus
Signed with Sporting KC II in Feb.; 5 starts, 2 wins in USL
22 (48) NYC Felicien Dumas
Signed with Indy Eleven in Jun.; 3 games, 1 start in USL
23 (49) CLB Danny Griffin
Signed with Pittsburgh Riverhounds in Mar.
16 games, 13 starts, 2 goals, 2 assists in USL; Also 1 start in USL Playoffs
24 (50) LAFC Jack Hallahan
Signed with Cypriot 2nd flight side PAEEK in Jul.; 4 games, 2 starts in Premier League 2
24 (51) TOR Simon Waever
Left preseason camp in Feb.; Signed with Danish 3rd flight side B.93 in Jun.
12 games, 11 starts, 2 goals, 1 assist in 2.Division; Also 2 starts in Danish Cup
24 (52) SEA Timo Mehlich
Signed with Rio Grande Valley in Jan.; 4 games, 2 starts in USL
Released in Dec. before signing with German 4th tier side Straelen

Round 3 - 2019 MLS SuperDraft

1 (53) CIN Joris Ahlinvi
Signed with New Mexico United in Feb.
6 games, 2 starts, 2 goals in USL; Also dressed for 1 US Open Cup game
Released in Dec.
2 (54) NSH Shak Adams
Signed with FC Tuscon in Feb.; 12 games, 9 starts, 4 goals, 2 assists in USL1
3 (55) VAN PASSED
4 (56) MTL PASSED
5 (57) ORL Nick O'Callaghan
Signed with Orlando City B in Mar.; 6 starts in USL1
Released in Nov.
6 (58) SKC Jaret Townsend
Signed with Sporting KC II in Mar.; 11 games, 2 starts, 1 assist in USL
Released in Nov.
7 (59) CLB Ryo Shimazaki
Signed with New England Revolution II in Jan.; 7 games, 4 starts, 1 goal in USL1
Contract option declined in Nov.
8 (60) MTL Excluded due to passing on pick #56
9 (61) MTL Excluded due to passing on pick #56
10 (62) RBNY Stavros Zarokostas
Signed with Charleston Battery in May
14 games, 6 starts, 5 goals, 1 assist; Also 2 starts in USL Playoffs
11 (63) COL PASSED
12 (64) SJ PASSED
13 (65) DC Andrew Verdi
Declined invitation to preseason camp
14 (66) DAL Derek Waldeck
Signed with North Texas SC in Feb.; 16 games, 15 starts in USL1
15 (67) RBNY Barry Sharifi
Signed by New York Red Bulls II in Mar.; 11 games, 8 starts in USL
Released in Dec.
16 (68) POR Zac McGraw [active MLS player]
Signed with Portland in June
Dressed 4 times in MLS, 2 times in MLS Is Back, 0 appearances
17 (69) DC PASSED
18 (70) HOU Duncan Turnbull
Signed with Portsmouth following a successful Mar. trial
1 start in EFL Trophy; dressed 3 times in League One, but 0 appearances
19 (71) LA PASSED
20 (72) RSL PASSED
21 (73) PHI PASSED
22 (74) NYC Parker Siegfried
Signed with South Georgia Tormenta in Apr.; Dressed 7 times, but 0 appearances in USL
Released in Sep. before signing with signing with Detroit City
23 (75) ATL Philip Goodrum
Signed with Atlanta United 2 in Feb.; 16 games, 14 starts, 2 goals, 4 assists in USL
Signed short-term contracts with Atlanta United in Feb. and Dec.; Dressed twice for CCL games, but did not appear
24 (76) LAFC Jorge Gonzalez
Signed with Portland Timbers 2 in Mar.; 10 starts, 8 goals, 1 assist in USL
24 (77) TOR PASSED
24 (78) SEA Julian Avila-Good

Round 4 - 2020 MLS SuperDraft

1 (79) DAL Anders Engebretsen
Signed with North Texas SC in Feb.; released in July without appearing in a game
2 (80) NSH Luke Haakenson
Signed in Feb.; Loaned out to Charlotte Independence in March. 16 games, 12 starts, 3 goals, 3 assists in USL; 1 start in USL Playoffs
3 (81) LA Excluded due to passing in Round 3
4 (82) VAN Excluded due to passing in Round 3
5 (83) ORL PASSED
6 (84) SKC James Kasak
Did not sign, not currently playing soccer
7 (85) CLB PASSED
8 (86) HOU Kyle Edwards
Had signed with Rio Grande Valley prior to the SuperDraft. 11 games, 5 starts, 3 goals, 1 assist in USL
9 (87) COL Excluded due to passing in Round 3
10 (88) MIN Matthew Bentley
Made two sub appearances in the preseason, but did not sign
11 (89) COL PASSED
12 (90) SJ
PASSED
 
13 (91) DC Excluded due to passing in Round 3
14 (92) DAL Aidan Megally
Did not sign, not currently playing soccer
15 (93) RBNY Niko Petridis
Spent time in preseason camp, but did not sign
16 (94) POR Joergen Oland
Did not sign
17 (95) DC PASSED
18 (96) MIN Andrew Booth
Signed with Greenville Triumph in Sept.
Seven games, one goal in USL1
19 (97) LA PASSED
20 (98) RSL Excluded due to passing in Round 3
21 (99) PHI Excluded due to passing in Round 3
22 (100) NYC PASSED
23 (101) PHI PASSED
24 (102) LAFC Younes Boudadi
Signed with Reno 1868 in March. 6 games, 2 starts, 2 assists in USL.
Also 1 game in USL Playoffs After the club folded, signed with Hartford Athletic in Dec.
25 (103) TOR PASSED
26 (104) CHI PASSED
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