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Austin FC uses club’s first No. 1 pick to select Daniel Pereira of Virginia Tech Univ. in MLS SuperDraft ‘21 presented by adidas

Austin FC uses club’s first No. 1 pick to select Daniel Pereira of Virginia Tech Univ. in MLS SuperDraft ‘21 presented by adidas

Nashville SC makes deals to end with three first-round selections in club’s first MLS SuperDraft

NEW YORK (Thursday, January 21, 2021) – Expansion club Austin FC made the first MLS SuperDraft selection in the club’s history an historic one, selecting Daniel Pereira with the No. 1 overall selection in MLS SuperDraft ‘21 presented by adidas.

Pereira is the first player from Virginia Tech ever selected No. 1 overall in the MLS SuperDraft. A member of Generation adidas, Pereira’s selection marked the 19th consecutive year the first selection overall was part of Generation adidas or its predecessor, and he was the first native of Venezuela ever selected first overall.

The first three selections in MLS SuperDraft ’21 were all members of the Generation adidas class. With the second selection overall, FC Cincinnati chose Calvin Harris of Wake Forest Univ. The Colorado Rapids had moved up to obtain the third selection overall in a draft-day trade with Houston Dynamo FC, which they then used to choose Philip Mayaka of Clemson Univ.

In all, the first four selections in MLS SuperDraft ’21 were all born outside the USA. With the fourth selection overall, D.C. United chose Kimarni Smith, also out of Clemson Univ. Smith, along with Harris, was born in England, while Mayaka is a native of Kenya, and Pereira born in Venezuela.

With the fifth selection, D.C. United took Michael DeShields, who played collegiately for Wake Forest Univ. before signing professionally with New England Revolution II last year. Under the rules of the 2021 SuperDraft, players eligible for selection included college seniors and Generation adidas players, as well as players who waived their college eligibility by signing to play in a domestic professional league since the conclusion of the 2019 college soccer season.

The remaining members of the Generation adidas class were selected with the next two selections. With the sixth selection, Houston Dynamo FC selected Ethan Bartlow out of the Univ. of Washington, then Real Salt Lake chose Bret Halsey from the Univ. of Virginia with the seventh pick.

Two schools had three products selected in the first round, both from the Atlantic Coast Conference: Clemson Univ. and Wake Forest Univ. It marked the 11th and 12th times a school had at least three players selected in the first round. Players from 48 colleges and universities were represented in the 75 selections overall, led by the Univ. of Virginia with 5, followed by Georgetown Univ. and Wake Forest Univ. with four each.

There were also players selected from 17 different countries: USA, Canada, England, France, Ghana, Guadeloupe, Guinea, Jamaica, Kenya, Nigeria, Norway, Senegal, Scotland, Tanzania, Uganda, Venezuela, Zambia. Of the eight African countries represented, six had selections in the first round: Mayaka (Kenya), Donasiyano (Tanzania), Uganda (Kizza), Mabika (Zambia), Egbo (Nigeria), Malou (Senegal).
 

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A round-by-round summary of MLS SuperDraft ’21 follows:
 

ROUND 1
 

1.
 

ATX
 

Daniel Pereira  [Ga]
 

MF
 

5-9
 


 

07/14/2000
 

Roanoke, Va.
 

Virginia Tech Univ.
 

2.
 

CIN
 

Calvin Harris  [Ga]
 

FW
 

6-0
 

160
 

03/20/2000
 

Middlesbrough, England
 

Wake Forest Univ.
 

3.
 

COL
 

Philip Mayaka  [Ga]
 

MF
 

5-7
 

135
 

2000
 

Nairobi, Kenya
 

Clemson Univ.
 

4.
 

DC
 

Kimarni Smith
 

FW
 

6-1
 

160
 

03/14/1998
 

Nottingham, England
 

Clemson Univ.
 

5.
 

DC %
 

Michael DeShields
 

DF
 

6-1
 

180
 

04/23/1998
 

Baltimore, Md.
 

NE Revolution II / Wake Forest Univ.
 

6.
 

HOU
 

Ethan Bartlow  [Ga]
 

DF
 

6-0
 

170
 

02/02/2000
 

Woodinville, Wash.
 

Univ. of Washington
 

7.
 

RSL
 

Bret Halsey  [Ga]
 

MF
 

5-9
 

150
 

06/01/2000
 

Sterling, Va.
 

Univ. of Virginia
 

8.
 

ORL
 

Derek Dodson
 

FW
 

6-0
 

162
 

11/03/1998
 

Aurora, Ill.
 

Georgetown Univ.
 

9.
 

VAN
 

David Egbo
 

FW
 

6-1
 

185
 

10/31/1998
 

Enugu, Nigeria
 

Univ. of Akron
 

10.
 

MCF
 

Josh Penn
 

FW
 

5-10
 

160
 

11/25/2000
 

Naperville, Ill.
 

Indy Eleven / Indiana Univ.
 

11.
 

ATX
 

Freddy Kleemann
 

DF
 

6-4
 

195
 

1999
 

Newbury Park, Calif.
 

Univ. of Washington
 

12.
 

SJ
 

Thomas Williamson
 

FW
 

6-1
 

175
 

05/05/1999
 

Villa Park, Calif.
 

Univ. of California
 

13.
 

NYR
 

Luther Archimede
 

FW
 

6-2
 

176
 

09/17/1999
 

Petit-Bourg, Guadeloupe
 

Syracuse Univ.
 

14.
 

LFC
 

Daniel Trejo
 

FW
 

5-9
 

165
 

04/29/1998
 

Mendota, Calif.
 

California State Univ., Northridge
 

15.
 

DAL
 

Nicky Hernandez
 

MF
 

5-11
 

160
 

09/21/1998
 

Dallas, Texas
 

North Texas SC/Southern Methodist U.
 

16.
 

LA
 

Josh Drack
 

FW
 

5-7
 

150
 

09/22/1999
 

Chandler, Ariz.
 

Univ. of Denver
 

17.
 

MIN &
 

Justin McMaster
 

FW
 

5-9
 

165
 

06/30/1999
 

Kingston, Jamaica
 

Wake Forest Univ.
 

18.
 

MIN #
 

Nabilai Kibunguchy
 

DF
 

6-3
 

190
 

1998
 

Elk Grove, Calif.
 

Univ. of California, Davis
 

19.
 

ORL
 

Rio Hope-Gund
 

DF
 

6-0
 

170
 

08/20/1999
 

New York, N.Y.
 

Georgetown Univ.
 

20.
 

NSH
 

Irakoze Donasiyano
 

FW
 

5-9
 

155
 


 

Roanoke, Va.
 

Univ. of Virginia
 

21.
 

ATX @
 

Aedan Stanley
 

DF
 

5-11
 

175
 

12/13/1999
 

Columbia, Ill.
 

Sporting KC II / Duke Univ.
 

22.
 

ORL
 

Brandon Hackenberg
 

DF
 

6-1
 

175
 

07/02/1999
 

Palmyra, Va.
 

Penn State Univ.
 

23.
 

VAN
 

Javain Brown
 

DF
 

5-11
 

160
 

03/09/1999
 

Kingston, Jamaica
 

Atlanta United 2 / Univ. of South Florida
 

24.
 

NE
 

Edward Kizza
 

FW
 

5-9
 

170
 


 

Kampala, Uganda
 

Univ. of Pittsburgh
 

25.
 

TOR
 

Matt Di Rosa
 

MF
 

5-10
 

160
 

08/10/1998
 

Washington, D.C.
 

Univ. of Maryland
 

26.
 

MCF
 

Aime Mabika
 

DF
 

6-6
 

215
 

08/16/1998
 

Lexington, Ky.
 

Univ. of Kentucky
 

27.
 

CLB
 

Justin Malou
 

DF
 

5-11
 

175
 

06/01/1998
 

Kedougou, Senegal
 

Clemson Univ.
 


[Ga] – Generation adidas

% ATL trade No. 5 and No. 32 overall selection in 2021 to DC for No. 31 overall selection and $125,000 general allocation money
& NYC trade No. 17 overall selection in 2021 to MIN for $50,000 general allocation money
# TOR trade No. 18 overall selection in 2021 to MIN for No. 25 overall selection in 2021 and $50,000 general allocation money
@ COL trade No. 21 overall selection in 2021 to ATX for $50,000 general allocation money

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