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Austin FC Selects Daniel Pereira, Freddy Kleeman, Aedan Stanley, Daniel Steedman and Noah Lawrence in 2021 MLS SuperDraft Presented by adidas

January 21, 2021 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Austin FC News Release


Austin, Texas - Austin FC, the 27th club in Major League Soccer (MLS), drafted five (5) players over three (3) rounds of the 2021 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas. The Club's picks include the top overall pick, Daniel Pereira, and two (2) additional first-rounders, Freddy Kleeman and Aedan Stanley. Midfielder Daniel Steedman was the 28th pick in round two (2) and goalkeeper Noah Lawrence was the 55th pick in round three (3).

Austin FC obtained the 11th pick in the first round through an Expansion Draft trade with CF Montréal to draft Freddy Kleemann, the 6'4" defender from the University of Washington. Kleeman (pronounced Klee-mun) made 28 appearances for the Huskies in 2018 and 2019, starting 22 of those matches.

Via a trade with the Colorado Rapids, Austin FC received the 21st pick, using it to select Aedan Stanley. Stanley (pronounced Stan-lee) played 37 matches between 2018 and 2019 with Duke University before signing with Portland Timbers II of the USL Championship for the 2020 season.

Scottish-born Daniel Steedman (pronounced Steed-mun) played at the University of Virginia in 2018 and 2019 before moving to the USL Championship's Atlanta United 2 in January 2020. He made the ACC All-Freshman team in 2018 and helped lead top-seeded Virginia to the finals of the 2019 NCAA College Cup with a three(3)-goal, seven(7)-assist season. He also made the College Cup All-Tournament Team that same year. Steedman also featured in USL with the Charlotte Independence in 2018.

With the first pick in the third round, Austin FC added to the Club's goalkeeping group with Noah Lawrence (pronounced Lorr-unce). Lawrence transferred to Ohio State for a pandemic-halted senior season after 36 appearances in three (3) seasons for the University of Cincinnati. He was developed in both the New York Red Bulls and D.C. United academies and featured in the U.S. Men's Youth National Team U-19 pool.

Following the drafts of Daniel Pereira, Freddy Kleeman, Aedan Stanley, Daniel Steedman and Noah Lawrence on January 21, 2021, Austin FC's roster consists of:

Goalkeepers

Noah Lawrence (USA)

Brady Scott (USA)

Brad Stuver (USA)

Andrew Tarbell (USA)

Defenders

Matt Besler (USA)

Julio Cascante (Costa Rica)

Hector Jimenez (USA)

Freddy Kleeman (USA)

Nick Lima (USA)

Jhohan Romaña (Colombia)

Aedan Stanley (USA)

Ben Sweat (USA)

Midfielders

Diego Fagundez (USA)

Daniel Pereira (Venezuela)

Alex Ring (Finland)

Ulises Segura (Costa Rica)

Jared Stroud (USA)

Daniel Steedman (USA)

Forwards

Cecilio Domínguez (Paraguay)

Jon Gallagher (Ireland)

Danny Hoesen (Netherlands)

Rodney Redes (Paraguay)

Transactions: Austin FC drafted Daniel Pereira (#1), Freddy Kleeman (#11), Aedan Stanley (#21), Daniel Steedman (#28) and Noah Lawrence (#55) during the 2021 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas on January 21, 2021.

Note: Any player on the 2021 SuperDraft presented by adidas eligible player list is available for selection even if currently playing in a domestic professional league. If they are on the SuperDraft list of players eligible for selection, and a team picks them, their MLS rights go to the MLS club. The MLS club then has the opportunity to negotiate a contract.

Player Details Freddy Kleeman

Name: Freddy Kleeman (pronounced "Fred-ee Klee-mun")

Position: Defender

Height: 6'4"

Born: January 1, 1999

Age: 22

Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA

Nationality: USA

Player Details Aedan Stanley

Name: Aedan Stanley (pronounced "A-dun Stan-lee")

Position: Defender

Height: 5'11"

Born: December 13, 1999

Age: 21

Birthplace: Columbia, IL

Nationality: USA

Player Details Daniel Steedman

Name: Daniel Steedman (pronounced "Dan-yul Steed-mun")

Position: Midfield

Height: 5'10"

Born: January 31, 2000

Age: 20

Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland

Nationality: USA

Player Details Noah Lawrence

Name: Noah Lawrence (pronounced "No-uh Lorr-unce")

Position: Goalkeeper

Height: 6'1"

Born: October 25, 1998

Age: 22

Birthplace: Mount Vernon, N.Y.

Nationality: USA

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