After a couple months off, it’s that time of year again: The MLS SuperDraft is TOMORROW (Friday, January 19). That means preseason is coming at the end of this month, then the CCL match is next month, then the regular season will be kicking off before you know it! But one step at a time. Here’s what you need to know about tomorrow’s SuperDraft.
What is it?
The SuperDraft is held every year in January, and is much like the draft any other sport - eligible college kids trying to get a spot on a pro team, while every pro team is trying to find the next Rookie of the Year. MLS holds a combine in the days before the draft so that teams can get a look at the players and their skills.
When is it?
This year, the first two rounds of the draft will be on Friday, January 19 at 11 a.m. EST.
The third and fourth rounds (called the Supplemental Draft) will be held via teleconference on Sunday, January 21 at 2 p.m. EST.
How can I follow along?
What picks do the Rapids have?
As of now, the Rapids do not have a pick in Round 1. Things can change at the draft and teams can trade for picks, but the Rapids gave a 4th overall pick to Montreal in 2016 when they got Eric Miller.
The good news is that they currently have two early picks in Round 2 - 2nd and 4th, or 25th and 27th overall.
Who has come from the Rapids SuperDraft in the past?
Several current team members have come from past SuperDrafts: Sam Hamilton (2017), Dominique Badji (2015), Axel Sjoberg (2015), Marlon Hairston (2014), and Jared Watts (2014). All of these players—except Badji—were drafted in the first or second rounds.
Is anyone from Colorado in the draft this year?
Yes, there is one player from the University of Denver this year: Graham Smith, a homegrown midfielder.
Who could the Rapids pick?
Good question. If they had a first-round pick, it might be a little easier to guess but I really have no idea. I don’t think we’re going to snag a double-digit goalscorer in the second round, and we don’t really need anymore young guys for defense, so I don’t really know who Smith and company might be going for.
What position or specific player do you think the Rapids should go after?