Inter Miami CF Uses No. 1 Overall Pick to Select Robbie Robinson of Clemson Univ. in 2020 MLS SuperDraft
January 9, 2020 - Major League Soccer (MLS) News Release
NEW YORK - 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.
For a complete recap of the 2020 MLS SuperDraft, please visit: www.MLSsoccer.com.
A round-by-round summary of the 2020 SuperDraft follows:
# TEAM PLAYER POS. HT WT DOB HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE
1 MIA Robbie RobinsonÂ * FW 6-2 170 12/17/98 Camden, S.C. Clemson Univ.
2 NSH Jack MaherÂ * DF 6-3 175 10/28/99 Caseyville, Ill. Indiana Univ.
3 MIA Dylan Nealis DF 5-11 175 07/30/98 Massapequa, N.Y. Georgetown Univ.
4 VAN Ryan RaposoÂ * FW 5-7 142 03/05/99 Hamilton, Ont., Canada Syracuse Univ.
5 ORL Daryl DikeÂ * FW 6-2 220 06/03/00 Edmond, Okla. Univ. of Virginia
6 NE Henry KesslerÂ * DF 6-4 185 06/25/98 New York, N.Y. Univ. of Virginia
7 CLB Miguel Berry FW 6-3 180 09/16/97 Poway, Calif. Univ. of San Diego
8 HOU Garrett McLaughlin FW 6-0 175 11/10/97 Oklahoma City, Okla. Southern Methodist Univ.
9 MTL Jeremy Kelly DF 5-10 145 10/21/97 Chapel Hill, N.C. Univ. of North Carolina
10 NYR % Patrick Seagrist DF 6-0 170 02/21/98 Streamwood, Ill. Marquette Univ.
11 NSH & Alistair Johnston DF 5-11 170 10/08/98 Aurora, Ont., Canada Wake Forest Univ.
12 SJ Tanner Beason DF 6-1 175 03/23/97 Winston-Salem, N.C. Stanford Univ.
13 NSH # Elliot Panicco GK 6-5 205 11/18/96 Huntersville, N.C. Univ. of North Carolina Charlotte
14 DAL Nkosi Burgess DF 6-4 185 03/23/97 Manhattan, N.Y. Seattle Univ.
15 NYR Cherif Dieye MF 5-9 150 11/11/97 Dakar, Senegal Univ. of Louisville
16 POR Aaron Molloy MF 5-11 165 01/11/97 Dublin, Ireland Pennsylvania State Univ.
17 DAL Cal Jennings FW 5-11 163 05/17/97 Roswell, Ga. Univ. of Central Florida
18 MIN Noah Billingsley DF 6-2 185 08/06/97 Wellington, New Zealand Univ. of California, Santa Barbara
19 TOR Nyal Higgins DF 6-2 173 01/19/98 Ajax, Ont., Canada Syracuse Univ.
20 RSL Dayonn Harris FW 5-7 155 08/29/97 Milton, Ont, Canada Univ. of Connecticut
21 DC @ Simon Lefebvre GK 6-9 210 05/06/97 Ossun, France Temple Univ.
22 NYC JesÃºs Perez MF 5-10 145 10/01/97 Waukegan, Ill. Univ. of Illinois at Chicago
23 ATL Patrick Nielsen DF 6-4 187 09/18/96 Copenhagen, Denmark Michigan State Univ.
24 LFC Paulo Pita GK 6-3 06/03/94 Santos, Sao Paulo, Brazil Marshall Univ.
25 TOR Ifunanyachi Achara FW 5-10 161 09/28/97 Enugu, Nigeria Georgetown Univ.
26 CHI Jonathan Jimenez FW 5-11 12/17/97 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 PLAYER POS. HT WT DOB HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE
27 SJ Jack Skahan MF 5-10 165 02/07/98 Memphis, Tenn. Univ. of North Carolina
28 NSH Tanner Dieterich MF 6-0 170 05/04/98 Nashville, Tenn. Clemson Univ.
29 CIN Rey Ortiz FW 5-5 135 01/07/97 Acapulco, Mexico Univ. of Portland
30 NE Simon Lekressner DF 5-8 155 09/01/98 Bellevue, Wash. Univ. of California
31 ORL Joey DeZart MF 6-1 195 06/09/98 Jackson, N.J. Wake Forest Univ.
32 VAN Daniel Gagliardi GK 6-3 195 01/21/97 Plantation, Fla. Florida International Univ.
33 TOR Malick Mbaye DF 6-0 168 11/24/96 Dakar, Senegal Clemson Univ.
34 HOU Luka Prpa MF 5-10 165 07/27/98 Wind Lake, Wis. Marquette Univ.
35 SEA Danny Reynolds DF 6-1 183 06/27/97 Shilton, England Univ. of North Carolina Wilmington
36 NYR Wallis Lapsley GK 6-5 04/14/97 Seattle, Wash. Univ. of California, Davis
37 COL Robin Afamefuna DF 5-11 180 03/02/97 Wuerselen, Germany Univ. of Virginia
38 SJ Jon Bell DF 6-1 175 08/26/97 Silver Spring, Md. Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County
39 ORL Jonathan Dean DF 5-8 163 05/15/97 Macon, Ga. Univ. of Central Florida
40 DAL Manuel Ferriol MF 5-11 150 08/13/98 Valencia, Spain James Madison Univ.
41 NYR Deri Corfe FW 6-0 178 03/03/98 Chester, England Wright State Univ.
42 DC Josh Fawole FW 6-1 175 Columbia, Md. Loyola Univ. Maryland
43 NE Keegan Meyer GK 6-3 195 03/10/97 Silver Spring, Md. High Point Univ.
44 ORL Austin Aviza GK 6-3 195 02/17/97 Medway, Mass. Providence College
45 LA Tom Smart DF 5-11 12/05/95 Birmingham, England Univ. of Akron
46 RSL Michael Wetungu DF 6-3 198 04/25/98 Rochester Hills, Mich. Michigan State Univ.
47 CLB Remi Prieur GK 6-2 04/17/97 San Ramon, Calif. Saint Mary's College
48 NYC Felicien Dumas DF 6-0 171 12/29/96 Paris, France Univ. of Notre Dame
49 CLB Danny Griffin MF 5-9 165 07/14/98 Wethersfield, Conn. Providence College
50 LFC Jack Hallahan FW 6-0 175 11/17/96 Redditch, England Univ. of Michigan
51 TOR Simon Waever DF 5-11 155 01/21/96 Holte, Denmark Indiana Univ.
52 SEA Timo Mehlich MF 6-0 08/12/97 Monchengladbach, Germany Univ. of Nevada Las Vegas
Atlanta UnitedÂ (1): Patrick Nielsen (23)
Chicago Fire FCÂ (1): Jonathan Jimenez (26)
FC CincinnatiÂ (1): Rey Ortiz (29)
Colorado RapidsÂ (1): Robin Afamefuna (37)
Columbus Crew SCÂ (3): Miguel Berry (7); Remi Prieur (47); Danny Griffin (49)
D.C. UnitedÂ (2): Simon Lefebvre (21); Josh Fawole (42)
FC DallasÂ (3): Nkosi Burgess (14); Cal Jennings (17); Manuel Ferriol (40)
Houston DynamoÂ (2): Garrett McLaughlin (8); Luka Prpa (34)
Sporting Kansas CityÂ (0)
LA GalaxyÂ (1): Tom Smart (45)
Los Angeles Football ClubÂ (2): Paulo Pita (24); Jack Hallahan (50)
Inter Miami CFÂ (2): Robbie Robinson (1); Dylan Nealis (3)
Minnesota United FCÂ (1): Noah Billingsley (18)
Montréal ImpactÂ (1): Jeremy Kelly (9)
Nashville SCÂ (4): Jack Maher (2); Alistair Johnston (11); Elliot Panicco (13); Tanner Dieterich (28)
New England RevolutionÂ (3): Henry Kessler (6); Simon Lekressner (30); Keegan Meyer (43)
New York Red BullsÂ (4): Patrick Seagrist (10); Cherif Diaye (15); Wallis Lapsley (36); Deri Corfe (41)
New York City FCÂ (2): JesÃºs Perez (22); Felicien Dumas (48)
Orlando City SCÂ (4): Daryl Dike (5); Joey DeZart (31); Jonathan Dean (39); Austin Aviza (44)
Philadelphia UnionÂ (0)
Portland TimbersÂ (1): Aaron Molloy (16)
Real Salt LakeÂ (2): Dayonn Harris (20); Michael Wetungu (46)
San Jose EarthquakesÂ (3): Tanner Beason (12); Jack Skahan (27); Jon Bell (38)
Seattle Sounders FCÂ (2): Danny Reynolds (35); Timo Mehlich (52)
Toronto FCÂ (4): Nyal Higgins (19); Ifunanyachi Achara (25); Malick Mbaye (33); Simon Waever (51)
Vancouver Whitecaps FCÂ (2): Ryan Raposo (4), Daniel Gagliardi (32)
Univ. of Akron (1):Â 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): JesÃºs 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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