MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas – Jan 9 & 13, 2020

MIAMI, Fla. (January 8, 2019) —

This year’s crop of talent coming through once again has a good number of talented players, a few of whom could thrive and prosper in MLS given the right opportunity.

First round coverage of the draft will be streamed live at 12:30 pm ET on the ESPN app, as well as through ESPN social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

The broadcast will feature real-time look-ins on club draft rooms and draftee reactions, as well as analysis from Taylor Twellman, Adrian Healey, Matt Doyle and special guests.

For more information and a look at who the top players are, click on the below:

Tune in here on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 12:30 pm ET to watch the MLS Superdraft presented by adidas.

No.TeamNameUniversity. Pos.
1Robbie RobinsonClemsonF
2Jack MaherIndianaCB
3Dylan NealisGeorgetownRB
4Ryan RaposoSyracuse M
5Daryl DikeVirginiaF
6Henry KesslerVirginiaCB
7Miguel BerryU. San DiegoF
8Garrett McLaughlinSo. Methodist F
9Jeremy Kelly – traded to ColoradoNorth CarolinaRB
10
via trade with Chicago
Patrick Seagrist
MarquetteLB
11via trade with Colorado
Alistair Johnston
Wake ForestRB
12Tanner BeasonStanfordLB/CB
13via trade with New England
Elliott Panicco
CharlotteGK
14Nkosi BurgessSeattleCB
15Cherif Dieye (🇸🇳)LouisvilleW
16Aaron Malloy (🇮🇪)Penn StateDM
17 Cal JenningsCentral FloridaF
18Noah BillingsleyUC Santa BarbaraLB
19Nyal HigginsSyracuseD
20Dayonn HarrisConnecticut RW
21via trade with Philadelphia
Simon Lefebvre
TempleGK
22Jesus PerezIllinois-ChicagoM
23Patrick Nielsen (🇩🇰)Michigan StateD
24Paulo PitaMarshallGK
25Ifunanyachi Achara (🇳🇬)Georgetown F
26Jonathan JimenezPacificLB
OrderTeamNameUniversityPos.
27Jack SkahanNorth CarolinaW
28Tanner DieterichClemsonM
29Rey OrtizPortlandF
30Simon LekressnerCaliforniaD
31Joey DeZartWake Forest M
32Daniel GagliardiFIUGK
33Malick MbayeClemsonD
34Luka PrpaMarquetteM
35Danny ReynoldsUNC WilmingtonD
36Wallis LapsleyUC DavisGK
37Robin AfamefunaVirginiaD
38Jon BellUMBCD
39Jonathan DeanCentral FloridaD
40Manuel FerriolJames MadisonM
41Deri CorfeWright StateF
42Josh FawoleLoyolaF
43 Keegan MeyerHigh PointGK
44Austin AvizaProvidenceGK
45Tom SmartAkronD
46Michael WetunguMichigan StateD
47Remi PrieurSaint Mary’s Col.GK
48Felicien DumasNotre DameD
49Danny GriffinProvidenceM
50Jack HallahanMichiganM
51Simon WaeverIndianaD
52Timo MehlichUNLVM

Espanyol Is Growing Brand Through International Academies

MIAMI, Fla. (January 6, 2019) —

In order to grow the club as a global brand, Real Club Deportivo Espanyol de Barcelona is developing a network of academies around the world.

The newest such fútbol school has opened in Brisbane, Australia.

This internationalisation model kicked off in the 2016/17 season with the launch of two academies and the growth has been gradual since then, reaching the curen position of 11 RCDE Academy sites.

Albert Saus is the manager of the club’s schools and academies department, He had this to say: “We work to create quality local projects around the world and the academy is at the heart of that. We have now reached Oceania, in the city of Brisbane, through an academy that will start activity at the beginning of February 2020.”

RCD Espanyol de Barcelona look at its academy not simply as a place to groom future players but literally as an extension of its brand. The club is creating a global model, opening centres around the world that will introduce the club not just to new players, but to create lifelong fans.

Global academies and football camps

The objective of these academies is to take the identity of RCD Espanyol de Barcelona academy to new territories, where boys and girls between the ages of four and 15 can improve their skills and the 119-year story of the club can be shared.

With the academy in Brisbane, the club is now present across all continents. In addition to Brisbane, RCD Espanyol de Barcelona is also based in Algiers and Tizi Ouzou (Algeria), in Saitama (Japan), in Jersey City, New Jersey (USA), in Baghdad (Iraq), in Helsinki (Finland), in Stockholm (Sweden) and in Shanghai, Shouguang and Hunan (China).

In total, RCD Espanyol has 1,085 boys and girls are training with the club.

In addition to the network of academies, Espanyol has created a football camps program.

Associated with the academies, the RCDE Football Camps consist of standalone training events designed to engage new playing talent around the world. When this project started three years ago, the club held six camps abroad. This year, 29 have already been held. Extending its global reach further, these camps have been carried out in Canada, The USA, Colombia, France, Switzerland, Sweden, Finland, Kazakhstan and Japan, among others.

RCD Espanyol de Barcelona now has the second most academies in La Liga that are supervised by club directors.

Growth in China

RCD Espanyol has invested greatly in China. The Catalan side has three of its international academies in the country. Alongside its Chinese ownership, this year’s signing of Chinese forward Wu Lei has helped to boost the club’s standing and presence here. It opened its third academy in China in the months following the signing as interest in the club grew rapidly. In addition, a new RCD Espanyol de Barcelona fan club was established in Shanghai.

It was a goal that gave Espanyol a 2-2 draw with Catalan rivals Barcelona, one which will have delighted the masses following back home in China, where Wu’s career is followed closely as the only player from his country to ply his trade in one of Europe’s top five leagues.


Saus explained: “Since [club owners] Rastar Group arrived at the club, our international presence has accelerated, although not only in China. The signing of Wu Lei helped us on the pitch and he also became an ambassador for the club in China. This goes in tandem with the three club academies in China.”

Consolidation in North America and other opportunities

Outside of Asia, the club maintains significant ambitions for growth and is working on consolidating its presence in North America. At the same time, it is also studying opportunities in India and possibly Central Africa.

Espanyol’s strategy definitely brings people from around the world closer to the club. “We want to build brand identity through our youth football because that helps to generate a sense of belonging,” Saus says. “We are seeing more and more members of our international programs joining our club in Spain or becoming fans, which increases our global network significantly.”

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2020 MLS Superdraft Presented By Adidas

Draft will take place on Thursday, January 9, 2020

New scouting opportunity set for Dec 13-15, 2019

MIAMI, Fla. (December 13, 2019) —

The details for the 2020 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas were released today. The draft will take place on Thursday, Jan. 9 at 12 p.m. ET.

Some changes were also announced by the league. The draft is evolving in 2020 to streamline the draft process and provide fans with an innovative experience in collaboration with media partners ESPN and Twitter.

What’s New:

  • MLS and ESPN to collaborate on new draft presentation;
  • Embedded cameras and real-time reactions to amplify 2020 SuperDraft presented by adidas;
  • A new 2019 adidas MLS College Showcase is added to scout top college prospects. It will take place Dec. 13-15 in Raleigh, N.C.

The 2020 SuperDraft presented by adidas will be conducted during a jointly produced MLS and ESPN show. The show will stream live on Twitter, with a Twitter Event Card that includes the live stream and real-time highlights from the event all in one comprehensive experience. The live stream will feature cameras embedded with players and club decision-makers for real-time draftee reactions, live look-ins on club draft rooms, and instant engagement from fans on Twitter during the first round. Additional content and analysis will be provided across MLS league and club digital and social channels. The 2020 SuperDraft presented by adidas will also stream live on the ESPN App, YouTube and Facebook. 

The 2020 MLS expansion clubs will have the top selections in the draft, with Inter Miami CF owning two of the top three picks, the first and third picks overall, and Nashville SC selecting second overall.

“The MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas is an important opportunity for MLS clubs to acquire top talent from the collegiate game as well as promising youth internationals,” said J. Todd Durbin, MLS Executive Vice President, Competition & Player Relations.

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“The new format will enhance the experience for players and fans, while maintaining the traditional competitive aspects of the SuperDraft.”

The SuperDraft will be conducted in four rounds with 26 players selected in each round. To streamline the process, clubs now will be permitted three minutes, instead of four in previous years, to make their player selections, and there will be no intermission between rounds. 

Complete 2020 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas Rules and Procedures, are available on Russo Law and Soccer: CLICK HERE.

The eligible player list for the 2020 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas will be announced on Monday, Dec. 30, following the 2019 adidas MLS College Showcase.

MLS College Showcase (Dec. 13-15) — A new scouting opportunity

The 2019 adidas MLS College Showcase is a three-day event in Raleigh, N.C., where technical staffs from every MLS club will have an opportunity to scout the top collegiate prospects in the nation, including players with remaining NCAA eligibility. The event will feature approximately 40 top college players, ranging from freshmen to seniors, participating in a series of training sessions, testing, interviews, and match play. This event will allow MLS technical staffs to interact with potential SuperDraft selections earlier in their collegiate careers without jeopardizing players’ collegiate eligibility.

The 2019 adidas MLS College Showcase occurs in conjunction with the 2019 Men’s College Cup and is a closed-door scouting event officially sanctioned by the NCAA. 

Note that Homegrown-eligible underclassmen players – young talents developed by MLS club academies – will not participate in the 2019 adidas MLS College Showcase.


Cover Photo: University of Connecticut’s Dayonn Harris sneaks out of traffic against Vermont. (Credit: Ian Bethune)


FC Barcelona In-House Documentary Series Will Take You Inside Barça

Por primera vez, las cámaras de televisión han tenido acceso al día a día de jugadores como Leo Messi, Gerard Piqué, Marc-André ter Stegen o Luis Suárez.

Miami, Fla. (October 30, 2019) —

Fútbol Club Barcelona will be releasing its own in-house documentary that will take viewers behind the scenes.

This follows other clubs who have produced documentaries, such as Netflix’ work with Juventus and Amazon’s work with Manchester City, Borussia Dortmund and Leeds United.

The Blaugrana version will be an eight-episode documentary each consisting of 45 minutes that focus around eight key games from the 2018-19 season. The exclusive content features dressing room footage, the players’ reactions to last season’s shocking defeat to Liverpool, interviews, and a glimpse into the players’ home lives. Actor John Malkovich provides the narration.

The documentary will be available via Barça sponsor Rakuten and their distribution partners in Europe from November onwards. It will be available in North America although the distribution partner has not been announced.

It is definitely a not-to-be-missed series.

Here is the trailer for the project:


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