Get Ready for Soccer’s SuperDraft 2017
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Get Ready for Soccer’s SuperDraft 2017

The Major League Soccer SuperDraft takes place every January. It is an event in which the different MLS teams select players who have completed college or have otherwise been signed by the league. The SuperDraft began in 2000 with the merging of two drafting processes—the MLS College Draft (for players who had graduated from college) and the MLS Supplemental Draft (for other players). The SuperDraft is divided into four rounds.  Each club makes selectionswithin those rounds based on an order that is determined by the teams’ regular season and playoff positions.  The last placed team is given first choice. 

Ready for Soccer’s SuperDraft

The 2017 SuperDraft will be held on January 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  The 2017 SuperDraft will take place as part of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America convention.The players eligible for the draft are limited to players from the American college sports system. Despite repeated proposals, players from the Canadian Interuniversity Sport men’s soccer teams are still not included in the draft.

SuperDraft Top Picks

The projected top picks for SuperDraft 2017 are the following players:

  • Abu Danladi –The MLS targeted this Ghanaian forward from UCLA for signing during his sophomore season, but it did not materialize. It is expected that Danladi will be a top target for 2017.
  • Jason Wright – The Jamaican forward from Rutgers led the Scarlet Knights during his sophomore season with 13 goals and five assists and garnered the Big Ten Offensive Player of Year award. Jamaica is also targeting Wright to be part of the country’s national training camp.
  • Tim Kubel – A German defender currently playing forthe Louisville, Cardinals, Kubel was expected to be a Generation Adidas recruit during his sophomore season but did not get any offers. He is one of the top offensive threats in American college soccer.
  • Jeremy Ebobisse – A forward from Bethesda, Maryland, Ebobisse scored seven goals in his sophomore season. He is expected to be a Generation Adidas pick.
  • Jackson Yueill – A midfielder from UCLA, this Minnesota native was considered the best freshman during the season and could be the first selection of Minnesota United.

    If you are a soccer enthusiast, keep a close watch on SuperDraft 2017.  The addition of new players to each team promises to alter the MLS landscape in exciting, new ways.