The 2022 MLS draft, referred to as the SuperDraft, takes place on Tuesday with loads of expertise to be discovered but in addition no apparent alternative to go on the prime of the order.
There will probably be three complete rounds and growth workforce Charlotte FC will get the primary choose, taking Maryland midfielder Ben Bender. MLS champion New York Metropolis FC has the ultimate choose of the primary spherical. The order is predicated on reverse order of end within the earlier season, however groups have since moved up and down the draft order by way of trades.
The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown school soccer into some upheaval, with gamers gaining further eligibility and the power to switch to new faculties. There’ll nonetheless be worth to be discovered on this expertise pool, though the variety of MLS-ready gamers is probably going skinny. The midfield class is particularly paltry, with defenders and goalkeepers aplenty.
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Right here is all you’ll want to know forward of the draft, together with the way to watch, the order of picks, and the highest prospects obtainable.
How you can watch 2022 MLS SuperDraft
The 2022 MLS SuperDraft will happen on Tuesday, January 11 at 3 p.m. ET with protection offered by Main League Soccer on all its streaming and social media platforms. Solely the primary of the three rounds will probably be lined reside.
2022 MLS Draft order: 1st Spherical
2022 MLS Draft order: 2nd Spherical
2022 MLS Draft order: third Spherical
|57||Charlotte FC||George Marks||Clemson|
|60||LA Galaxy||Chandler||DF||Saint Louis|
|61||Austin FC||Michael Knapp||MF|
|63||Chicago Fireplace||Carlo Ritaccio||DF||Akron|
|64||San Jose Earthquakes||John Martin||DF||Clemson|
|66||FC Dallas||Chase Niece||DF||Saint Louis|
|67||CF Montreal||Ivy Brisma||FW||NC State|
|68||Columbus Crew||Chris Donovan||Drexel|
|69||D.C. United||Skage Simonson||MF||SMU|
|71||NY Pink Bulls||Giannis Nikopolidis||GK||Georgetown|
|72||Vancouver Whitecaps||Theo Collomb||FW||UNC-Greensboro|
|73||NY Pink Bulls||Seth Kuhn||MF||Penn State|
|74||Orlando Metropolis SC|
|78||Sporting Kansas Metropolis|
|80||New England Revolution|
|81||Actual Salt Lake|
|84||New York Metropolis FC|
|86||Vancouver Whitecaps||Vitor Dias||MF||Marshall|
|87||FC Dallas||Holland Rula||DF||Wake Forest|
|88||Atlanta United||Tola Showunmi||FW||New Hampshire|
|89||San Jose Earthquakes||PASS|
2022 MLS draft picks by membership
|Atlanta United||4||No. 19: Erik Centeno (FW, Pacific College)
No. 47: Tristan Trager (FW, Air Power)
No. 88: Tola Showunmi (FW, New Hampshire)
|Austin FC||3||No. 5: Kipp Keller (DF, Saint Louis)
No. 35: Charlie Asensio (DF, Clemson)
|Charlotte FC||3||No. 1: Ben Bender (MF, Maryland)
No. 29: Kyle Holcomb (FW, Wake Forest)
|Chicago Fireplace FC||4||No. 11: Kendall Burks (DF, Washington)
No. 33: Charlie Ostrem (DF, Washington)
|FC Cincinnati||4||No. 2: Roman Celentano (GK, Indiana)
No. 14: Ian Murphy (DF, Duke)
No. 30: Nick Markanich (FW, Northern Illinois)
|Colorado Rapids||5||No. 23: Mohamed Omar (MF, Notre Dame)
No. 26: Anthony Markanich (DF, Northern Illinois)
No. 45: Roberto Molina (FW, UC-Irvine)
|Columbus Crew||3||No. 12: Patrick Schulte (GK, Saint Louis)
No. 25: Philip Quinton (DF, Notre Dame)
No. 40: Jacob Erlandson (DF, Bowling Inexperienced)
|D.C. United||3||No. 36: Sofiane Djeffal (MF, Oregon State)
No. 41: Alex Nagy (FW, Vermont)
|FC Dallas||6||No. 3: Isaiah Parker (FW, Saint Louis)
No. 6: Lucas Bartlett (DF, St. John’s)
No. 28: Tsiki Ntsalebeng (FW, Oregon State)
No. 87: Holland Rula (DF, Wake Forest)
|Inter Miami||5||No. 9: Ryan Sailor (DF, Washington)
No. 37: Lucas Meek (MF, Washington)
No. 48: Justin Ingram (MF, Loyola Marymount)
No. 54: Tyler Bagley (FW, Cornell)
|Houston Dynamo||3||No. 4: Thor Ulfarsson (FW, Duke)
No. 32: Paulo Lima (MF, Windfall)
No. 39: Arturo Ordonez (DF, Pittsburgh)
|LA Galaxy||4||No. 21: Farai Mutatu (FW, Michigan State)
No. 42: Callum Johnson (MF, Clemson)
|Minnesota United||1||No. 17: Tani Oluwaseyi (FW, St. John’s)|
|CF Montreal||2||No. 15: Jojea Kwizera (FW, Utah Valley)
|Nashville SC||3||No. 10: Ahmed Longmire (DF, UCLA)
No. 38: Will Meyer (GK, Akron)
|New England Revolution||3||No. 24: Jacob Jackson (GK, Loyola Marymount)
No. 52: Ben Reveno (DF, UCLA)
|NY Pink Bulls||5||No. 7: Matthew Nocita (DF, Naval Academy)
No. 20: O’Vonte Mullings (FW, FGCU)
No. 73: Seth Kuhn (MF, Penn State)
|New York Metropolis FC||3||No. 34: Kevin O’Toole (FW, Princeton)
No. 56: Kingsford Adjei (FW, Dayton)
|Orlando Metropolis||3||No. 18: Jack Lynn (FW, Notre Dame)
No. 46: Nathan Dossantos (DF, Marshall)
|Philadelphia Union||1||No. 82|
|Portland Timbers||3||No. 27: Justin Rasmussen (MF, Grand Canyon)
No. 55: Manel Busquets (MF/FW, Syracuse)
|Actual Salt Lake||2||No. 53: Pedro Fonseca (FW, Louisville)
|San Jose Earthquakes||4||No. 8: Ousseni Bouda (FW, Stanford)
No. 13: Oskar Agren (DF, Clemson)
No. 89: PASS
|Seattle Sounders||2||No. 43: Achille Robin (DF, Washington)
|Sporting Kansas Metropolis||3||No. 22: Esai Easley (DF, Grand Canyon)
No. 50: Brett St. Martin (DF, Maryland)
|Toronto FC||2||No. 31: Luka Gavran (GK, St. John’s)
|Vancouver Whitecaps||5||No. 16: Simon Becher (FW, Saint Louis)
No. 44: L. Felipe Fernandez-Salvador (MF, Clemson)
No. 49: Giovanni Aguilar (MF, Cal State Northridge)
No. 72: Theo Collomb (FW, UNC-Greensboro)
No. 86: Vitor Dias (MF, Marshall)
High 2022 MLS draft prospects
This season, goalkeeper is the place to look at, as there are 4 gamers who might go within the first spherical. Not a single goalkeeper was taken within the first spherical of final 12 months’s draft, with the primary taken by FC Dallas all the best way down at choose No. 48. This 12 months’s pool is a very totally different story.
There is a proficient duo of ACC strikers within the pool in Kyle Holcomb and Thor Ulfarsson, with a bulging ahead group able to bag objectives within the upcoming season. The skinny place this 12 months is midfielder.
Listed beneath are 18 gamers who might go within the prime 10 choices of the draft. Saint Louis, which reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Event, has a lot of prime gamers who might get taken early.
Roman Celentano (Indiana)
A two-time Large Ten Goalkeeper of the 12 months, Celentano compiled a stellar 82.1 p.c save proportion over his three seasons at Indiana, together with an insane 90.8 p.c mark throughout 16 video games within the COVID-19 disrupted 2020-21 season (six objectives allowed, 9 shutouts). His spotlight was a bonkers quadruple save in November in opposition to Northwestern that was No. 1 on SportsCenter’s High 10 performs.
Patrick Schulte (Saint Louis)
A sophomore with U.S. youth nationwide workforce expertise on the Underneath-18 stage, he carried out effectively for each his college and membership Saint Louis FC. Schulte as soon as saved three penalties in a single U.S. Open Cup penalty shootout in 2019 because the aspect reached the fourth spherical of the competitors that 12 months. He had 9 shutouts and simply 18 objectives allowed in 21 matches for the Billikens this season.
Alec Smir (North Carolina)
Smir led the ACC with 10 shutouts in 2020, permitting simply 11 objectives in 18 video games and taking part in each second of UNC’s run to the Faculty Cup. This previous season noticed a dip in these numbers, however he has important high-level expertise.
Will Meyer (Akron)
He joined Akron as a switch from Louisville, and whereas his numbers do not bounce off the web page, he has excessive marks from the scouts and will see a point out within the first spherical, though he would doubtless go behind the opposite three talked about already.
Kipp Keller (Saint Louis)
Keller, a 2021 second-team All American, is a possible top-three choose within the draft after leaving as an underclassman and signing a particular era adidas contract which will not depend in opposition to a workforce’s wage finances.
He was outshined by teammate Simon Becher who made first-team All American as a ahead, however Keller ought to be a sizzling commodity as a younger, home possibility on the again.
Esai Easley (Grand Canyon)
After selecting aggressive soccer over aggressive browsing, Easley labored his approach onto the nationwide scene at Grand Canyon the place he proved to be a cellular possibility at middle again en path to being named WAC Defensive Participant of the 12 months and incomes recognition as the most effective defenders within the nation.
Ryan Sailor (Washington)
The Pac-12 Defensive Participant of the 12 months and a First-Group All American, Sailor has loads of buzz amid a packed center-back class. In his redshirt senior season, Sailor began all 22 matches and led a protection that allowed simply 10 objectives, good for third-fewest within the nation. He additionally added six objectives, the perfect complete within the nation for a middle again. His professional readiness is the one query.
Ahmed Longmire (UCLA)
Whereas Longmire’s season did not garner the Pac-12 and nationwide plaudits that Sailor’s did, as a result of concussion issues, the Utah Valley switch got here into his personal at UCLA and has cemented himself as a distinguished prospect.
Charlie Asensio (Clemson)
A late addition to the draft after passing on his possibility to hitch Atlanta United by way of a homegrown contract, Asensio is a fullback who was important to Clemson’s nationwide championship run and who will present width to a aspect with each his defensive talents and inventive expertise.
Mohamed Omar (Notre Dame)
A Canadian youth worldwide hailing from Toronto, Omar is a proficient holding midfielder who performed over 1700 minutes with Notre Dame final season and scored 4 objectives whereas serving to the Irish attain the ultimate 4. It is unclear the place Omar will probably be taken, with mock drafts having him all around the first spherical, nevertheless it’s clear he is seen as a expertise.
Ben Bender (Maryland)
The unanimous 2021 Large Ten Midfielder of the 12 months bagged 9 objectives and 5 assists by way of two seasons at Maryland, nevertheless it’s his two-way play that has earned accolades, and he might go excessive within the draft amid a skinny midfield group.
Sofiane Djeffal (Oregon State)
The Pac-12 Participant of the 12 months led Oregon State to a No. 1 rating within the nation for the primary time in program historical past en path to a Pac-12 title. Djeffal was on the middle of that rise, scoring 5 objectives and including 5 assists. Hailing from France, the Nantes youth product would occupy an worldwide roster slot which might damage his draft place.
Justin Rasmussen (Grand Canyon)
Named a top-50 participant by High Drawer Soccer, Rasmussen struck 9 instances for Grand Canyon this previous season. Whereas the squad was finally upset within the first spherical of the NCAA match, Rasmussen stood out. He is a left-sided participant who could possibly be moved onto the flank if wanted.
Isaiah Parker (Saint Louis)
A uncooked, high-upside participant, Parker leaves Saint Louis on an underclassman era adidas contract after only one season during which he scored three objectives and assisted seven, showcasing distinctive pace within the course of.
Kyle Holcomb (Wake Forest)
An skilled, do-it-all striker who just isn’t solely ruthless in entrance of internet however contributes in all areas of the sphere, Holcomb was a pacesetter on the sphere for a robust Wake Forest program. Holcomb scored 33 objectives in his 4 years as a Deac and contributes defensively as a lot as he goes for aim. The time period “medical” is commonly utilized in describing him, and for good cause.
Ousseni Bouda (Stanford)
A Pac-12 First Group member this previous 12 months, Bouda missed the COVID-19 shortened season as a result of harm however returned with aplomb. A local of Burkina Faso and a product of Ghana’s Proper to Dream Academy, Bouda has scored 10 objectives and assisted 14 others in his 39 profession matches at Stanford.
Thor Ulfarsson (Duke)
A continuing and irritating presence for ACC defenses, Ulfarsson scored a whopping 19 objectives in 24 matches for Duke over two seasons, together with 15 this previous marketing campaign. The Iceland native was a First Group All-American and is a real goal man up entrance.
Farai Mutatu (Michigan State)
Shifting from Zimbabwe in 2006 to Michigan, Mutatu is a large participant who gives tempo and good service and could possibly be a flexible pickup. Mutatu has seen time within the decrease tiers of American soccer and could possibly be deployed in a lot of positions, together with as No. 10 or at wingback.