MLS SuperDraft 2020: Complete Round-by-Round Results and Twitter Reaction

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistJanuary 9, 2020

A Inter Miami CF sign hangs during the Major League Soccer expansion draft selections for Inter Miami CF on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
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David Beckham's Inter Miami took Clemson striker Robbie Robinson with the first pick in the 2020 Major League Soccer SuperDraft on Thursday. 

Inter Miami also owned the third overall pick and used it to select Georgetown skipper Dylan Nealis. The cultured defender joins the prolific Robinson to underpin a Miami squad already being built to attack at pace and score goals in bunches.

Other notable picks from the opening round included Nashville SC taking gifted centre-back Jack Maher second overall. Meanwhile, the New York Red Bulls selected powerhouse midfielder Cherif Dieye at 15, two picks before FC Dallas took natural finisher Cal Jennings.


First Round

1. Inter Miami CF: Robbie Robinson, Forward, Clemson

2. Nashville SC: Jack Maher, Defender, Indiana

3. Inter Miami CF: Dylan Nealis, Defender, Georgetown

4. Vancouver Whitecaps FC: Ryan Raposo, Midfielder, Syracuse

5. Orlando City: Daryl Dike, Forward, Virginia

6. New England Revolution: Henry Kessler, Defender, Virginia

7. Columbus Crew FC: Miguel Berry, Forward, Univ. of San Diego

8. Houston Dynamo: Garrett McLaughlin, Forward, SMU

9. Montreal Impact: Jeremy Kelly, Defender, UNC

10. New York Red Bulls: Patrick Seagrist, Defender, Marquette

11. Nashville SC: Alistair Johnston, Defender Wake Forest

12. San Jose Earthquakes: Tanner Beason, Defender, Stanford

13. Nashville SC: Elliot Panicco, Goalkeeper, UNC Charlotte

14. FC Dallas: Nkosi Burgess, Defender, Seattle

15. New York Red Bulls: Cherif Dieye, Midfielder, Louisville

16. Portland Timbers: Aaron Molloy, Midfielder, Penn State

17. FC Dallas: Cal Jennings, Forward, Central Florida

18. Minnesota United FC: Noah Billingsley, Defender, UC Santa Barbara

19. Toronto FC: Nyal Higgins, Defender, Syracuse

20. Real Salt Lake: Dayonn Harris, Midfielder, Connecticut

21. D.C. United: Simon Lefebvre, Goalkeeper, Temple

22. New York City FC: Jesus Perez, Midfielder, UI-Chicago

23. Atlanta United FC: Patrick Nielsen, Defender, Michigan State

24. Los Angeles FC: Paulo Pita, Goalkeeper, Marshall

25. Toronto FC: Achara, Midfielder, Georgetown

26. Chicago Fire FC: Jonathan Jimenez, Defender, Pacific


Round 2

27. San Jose Earthquakes: Jack Skahan, Winger, UNC

28. Nashville SC: Tanner Dieterich, Midfielder, Clemson

29. FC Cincinnati: Rey Ortiz, Forward, Portland

30. New England Revolution: Simon Lekressner, Defender, Cal

31. Orlando City: Joey DeZart, Midfielder, Wake Forest

32. Vancouver Whitecaps FC: Daniel Gagliardi, Goalkeeper, Florida International

33. Toronto FC: Malick Mbaye, Defender, Clemson

34. Houston Dynamo: Luka Prpa, Midfielder, Marquette

35. Seattle Sounders FC: Danny Reynolds, Defender, UNC Wilmington

36. New York Red Bulls: Wallis Lapsley, Goalkeeper, UC Davis

37. Colorado Rapids: Robin Afamefuna, Defender, Virginia

38. San Jose Earthquakes: Jon Bell, Defender, UMBC

39. Orlando City: Jonathan Dean, Defender, Central Florida

40. FC Dallas: Manuel Ferriol, Midfielder, James Madison

41. New York Red Bulls: Deri Corfe, Forward, Wright State

42. D.C. United: Josh Fawole, Forward, Loyola

43. New England Revolution: Keegan Meyer, Goalkeeper, High Point

44. Orlando City: Austin Aviza, Goalkeeper, Providence

45. LA Galaxy: Tom Smart, Defender, Akron

46. Real Salt Lake: Michael Wetungu, Defender, Michigan State

47. Columbus Crew SC: Remi Prieur, Goalkeeper, Saint Mary's College

48. New York City FC: Felicien Dumas, Defender, Notre Dame

49. Columbus Crew SC: Danny Griffin, Midfielder, Providence

50. Los Angeles FC: Jack Hallahan, Midfielder, Michigan

51. Toronto FC: Simon Waever, Defender, Indiana

52. Seattle Sounders: Timo Mehlich, Midfielder, UNLV


Shortly after Robinson's name was called, Clemson celebrated the history the 21-year-old had made for the institution:

Robinson showcased both a coolness in front of goal, as well as an eye for a pass, during his time in the collegiate ranks:

Aside from the numbers, Robinson also earned the ACC Offensive Player of the Year award, along with the MAC Hermann Trophy.

Inter president Beckham took a moment to congratulate Robinson:

As for what the young attacker's role will be, Tom Bogert of the MLS official website isn't sure he'll start as a lone striker in head coach Diego Alonso's 4-2-3-1 tactical setup.

With Robinson off the board, Nashville's decision to take Maher was a no-brainer. Maher proved himself capable of being a rock at the back during a successful campaign with Indiana.

The 20-year-old's success included helping his college keep 15 clean sheets, as well as winning the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year award, per's Nick Rosano. Maher makes the ideal building block for an expansion team needing to create a formidable spine to aid their first season in the league.

Having already added some quality to the final third, Inter followed Nashville's blueprint when it came to making the third overall pick. By tabbing Nealis, Beckham's club fortified the backline but still kept one eye on things going forward.

Beefing up talent in forward areas was obviously on the minds of both the Red Bulls and Dallas:

D.C. United became the second team to take a goalkeeper off the board when the club made Temple's Simon Lefebvre the 21st overall pick. It was an inevitable selection after Lefebvre briefly impressed D.C. in 2019, according to Steven Goff of the Washington Post:

Supporters' Shield holders Los Angeles FC also took a stopper in 6'3" Marshall goalkeeper Paulo Pita as the opening round drew to a close.

Round 2 was the moment for defending champions the Seattle Sounders to make their first picks. The Sounders took defender Danny Reynolds off the board, before snapping up playmaker Timo Mehlich with the final pick of the round.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles FC earned praised for snaring Michigan's dynamic attacking midfielder Jack Hallahan:

It means two of the best teams in the league last season already look significantly better ahead of the new campaign. As for Inter, the most high-profile of the expansion clubs has wisely put exciting, forward-thinking players at the forefront of their roster.


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