With the first overall pick, Inter Miami selected the 2019 Mac Hermann winning striker Robbie Robinson, 21, from Clemson University. With the third pick, they went with the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s champion full-back Dylan Nealis, 21, from Georgetown University.
More on today’s selections including sporting director Paul McDonough’s assessment and what to expect next on Inter Miami Hoy.
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.
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.
“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.
Inter Miami also receives 1st pick in Stage One of Re-Entry Draft.
MIAMI, Fla. (November 11, 2019) —
The trade window opened today for 55 hours as part of the Major League Soccer’s off-season calendar, and newcomers Inter Miami CF wasted no time.
Making a trade with FC Cincinnati, Miami acquired midfielder Victor Ulloa and the No. 1 overall pick in Stage One of the 2019 MLS Re-Entry Draft.
In exchange, Inter Miami has sent $50,000 General Allocation Money (“GAM”), a natural third-round pick in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft and the 26th overall pick in Stage One of the Re-Entry Draft to Cincinnati.
M Victor Ulloa
1st pick, 2019 MLS Re-Entry Draft, Stage 1
26th pick, MLS Re-Entry Draft, Stage 1
3rd pick in 2020 MLS SuperDraft
“Victor brings valuable experience and league knowledge to our roster,” said Inter Miami CF Sporting Director Paul McDonough. “He is a proven defensive midfielder with quality leadership skills we value at our organization.”
Ulloa, 27 years-old, plays in a holding midfield position. He featured in 26 games for FC Cincinnati in 2019, starting 22, scoring one goal and contributing 2 assists. This will be his second expansion team adventure in as many years, as he joined Cincinnati for the club’s inaugural season after playing at FC Dallas for eight years.
Playing at the FC Dallas Academy, he was the first Homegrown Player in FC Dallas history, and the eighth in MLS to reach 100 appearances, on June 3, 2017. Ulloa also became the seventh Homegrown player in MLS to play 10,000 minutes in 2018.
He signed his first professional contract in 2010 and made his First Team debut for FC Dallas in October 2011. With FC Dallas, Ulloa made 173 appearances in all competitions, tallying six goals and seven assists from his midfield position. He helped guide the club to the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title and the 2016 Supporters’ Shield.
Ulloa’s versatility is one of his strengths. “I would say absolutely,” he added. “I can play in different systems. I’m a very tactical and smart, organized player and I like to have the ball at my feet. There’s always room for improvement. I would like to connect more passes forward and break lines and give the team more options going forward.”
As a holding midfielder, Ulloa acts as the anchor to the midfield, connecting it to the backline. He is adept at being able to break lines by executing swift passes to the forwards using his vision and passing accuracy.
Since he was out of contract at Cincinnati, Inter will have to agree to terms with him on a new contract. From the Cincinnati perspective, they at least received assets for Ulloa, rather than nothing.
From Miami’s view, although Ulloa, as an out-of-contract player, would have been available in the Re-Entry Draft, getting him now leaves that re-entry pick open for the team to select someone else. Inter Miami thus acquired a starting midfielder for only $50,000 GAM, a third-round SuperDraft pick and also received a higher Re-Entry Draft spot. That’s a good deal. The Club also maintains control of its first, second and fourth round picks in the SuperDraft (as of November 11).
This signing was Inter Miami’s sixth player on its inaugural roster.
There’s a first time for everything, and for fans of the Philadelphia Union, it will be a quiet Friday. For the first time in MLS history, a team has traded away all of its draft picks. Wednesday, Philadelphia elected to not make any draft choices in tomorrow’s 2019 MLS Superdraft. Instead, the club announced last evening that it sent all five of draft picks in Friday’s draft to FC Cincinnati for up to $200,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM).
In exchange for the picks (Nos. 13, 29, 37, 61 and 85), the Union will receive $150,000 in 2019 GAM. They will receive an extra $50,000 in conditional 2020 GAM, depending upon certain performance metrics being met by any players chosen by Cincinnati in the SuperDraft.
“When evaluating how we want to build our roster for the 2019 season and beyond, we decided that acquiring this money is the best use of our SuperDraft resources,” said Ernst Tanner, Union Sporting Director, in a team statement. “Not only will we look to continue both signing Union Academy products for the first team and Bethlehem Steel FC, as well as attracting young talent from abroad, we believe that this sum of money will help us complete crucial signings ahead of the upcoming campaign.”
Want more explanation? Union Sporting Director Ernst Tanner had this to say when asked by the Philadelphia Inquirer about trading all of the Union’s draft picks for allocation money:
“The level of MLS has increased a lot, and I think that the level of university [soccer] has been more or less the same. There is quite a big gap. … There are lots of players who are quite okay for the USL level, but it doesn’t necessarily make us better in the MLS level, and that is something a lot of clubs are realizing.“
FC Cincinnati now have double the number of draft picks, 10, which includes three in the first round. In addition to their natural No. 1 selection, they acquired the No. 16 overall selection from LAFC earlier on Wednesday, and have now acquired Philadelphia’s natural first-round pick as well. In exchange, they dealt away nearly all of the $175,000 in GAM they received from LAFC earlier in the day in addition to the draft pick.