THIRTY-SIX ACADEMY ALUMNI SELECTED IN 2020 MLS SUPERDRAFT

Thirty-six of the 77 players selected in this month's MLS Superdraft spent at least one season of their youth careers in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. Nearly half of the 2020 Superdraft class logged time in the Academy, representing 35 clubs and 100 combined seasons of experience.

The most players, three each, came from the Philadelphia Union and Chicago's Sockers FC. Seven Academy Best XI honorees were drafted, while two Academy champions were selected- 2014-15 Chicago Fire U-17/18's Jesus Perez (New York City FC) and 2013-14 LA Galaxy U-15/16's Rey Ortiz (FC Cincinnati). Drafted by the New England Revolution, Crossfire Premier alum Simon Lekressner won 2015 West Conference Player of the Year.

Below is a full list of Academy players selected in the 2019 Superdraft, listed with their Academy affiliation.

Rd.

Pick

MLS Club

Player

College

Academy Club

Seasons

Notes

1

1

Inter Miami

Robbie Robinson

Clemson

Charlotte Soccer Academy
SC United Battery
South Carolina Battery Academy

4

1

2

Nashville SC

Jack Maher

Indiana

St. Louis Scott Gallagher Metro
Saint Louis FC Academy

5

2017 Central Conference Best XI

1

3

Inter Miami

Dylan Nealis

Georgetown

BW Gottschee Academy

2

1

6

New England Revolution

Henry Kessler

Virginia

Beachside SC

2

1

7

Columbus Crew

Miguel Berry

San Diego

San Diego Surf

1

1

9

Montreal Impact

Jeremy Kelly

North Carolina

Capital Area Railhawks - CASL

3

2016 East Conference Best XI

1

10

New York Red Bulls

Patrick Seagrist

Marquette

Sockers FC

3

1

12

San Jose Earthquakes

Tanner Beason

Stanford

North Carolina Fusion

4

1

13

Nashville SC

Elliot Panicco

Charlotte

Carolina Rapids

3

1

15

New York Red Bulls

Cherif Dieye

Louisville

IMG Academy

1

1

17

FC Dallas

Cal Jennings

UCF

Georgia United

2

1

22

New York City FC

Jesus Perez

UIC

Chicago Magic PSG
Chicago Fire

3

2014-15 National Champion with Chicago Fire U-17/18

2

27

San Jose Earthquakes

Jack Skahan

North Carolina

Philadelphia Union

1

2

28

Nashville SC

Tanner Dieterich

Clemson

Real Salt Lake AZ

1

2

29

FC Cincinnati

Mexico Rey Ortiz

Portland

LA Galaxy

3

2014, 2015 West Conference Best XI
2013-14 National Champion with LA Galaxy U-15/16

2

30

New England Revolution

Simon Lekressner

California

Crossfire Premier

4

2015 West Conference Player of the Year
2015 West Conference Best XI

2

31

Orlando City

Joey DeZart

Wake Forest

NJCSA
Philadelphia Union

3

2

32

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Daniel Gagliardi

FIU

Kendall SC

1

2

34

Houston Dynamo

Luka Prpa

Marquette

Chicago Magic PSG

3

2

38

San Jose Earthquakes

Jon Bell

UMBC

D.C. United

3

2

44

Orlando City

Austin Aviza

Providence

New England Revolution

4

2013, 2014 East Conference Best XI

2

46

Real Salt Lake

Michael Wetungu

Michigan State

Vardar

3

2

47

Columbus Crew SC

Remi Prieur

Saint Mary's

San Jose Earthquakes

4

2

49

Columbus Crew SC

Danny Griffin

Providence

Oakwood Soccer Club

4

2016 East Conference Best XI

3

57

Orlando City

Nick O'Callaghan

FIU

Orlando City SC

2

3

58

Sporting Kansas City

Jaret Townsend

Washington

Real Colorado

3

3

65

D.C. United

Andrew Verdi

Michigan

Continental FC DELCO
Philadelphia Union

3

2016 East Conference Best XI

3

66

FC Dallas

Derek Waldeck

Stanford

Real So Cal

2

3

67

New York Red Bulls

Barry Sharifi

Loyola (MD)

Albertson SC
New York Red Bulls

3

3

70

Houston Dynamo

Duncan Turnbull

Notre Dame

Sockers FC

1

3

74

New York City FC

Parker Siegfried

Ohio State

Crew SC Academy

4

3

75

Atlanta United

Phillip Goodrum

UNC Wilmington

Carolina Rapids

4

4

80

Nashville SC

Luke Haakenson

Creighton

Shattuck - Saint Mary's

5

4

92

FC Dallas

Aidan Megally

Loyola Chicago

Sockers FC

2

4

93

New York Red Bulls

Niko Petridis

St. John's

Beachside SC

3

4

96

Minnesota United

Andrew Booth

FIU

Kendall SC

1