Charlotte FC will be participating in the annual MLS SuperDraft 2022 presented by adidas tomorrow, January 11th. As the only participating expansion team, Charlotte will receive the number one pick of the draft.
The MLS SuperDraft is similar to other American drafts as an opportunity for MLS teams to acquire top collegiate talent. The SuperDraft is another resource to help MLS teams increase their depth with talented young players that can contribute right at the start or be developed for the future.
This year, the SuperDraft will consist of three total rounds with 28 picks in each round representing the total amount of teams in the league. Charlotte FC will pick first overall, followed by reverse order of teams that missed the 2021 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs and then teams in order of elimination from playoffs. Any trades could shift this order, to view the full draft pick order.
While the jump from collegiate soccer to MLS is a big step, the SuperDraft has shown in recent years that key players can be found.
A handful of top collegiate underclassmen are signed every year by MLS to Generation adidas contracts, a joint program between the league and adidas. These contracts are not charged against the annual salary budget of MLS teams to encourage the development of young college players.
This year’s Generation adidas class consists of the following eight players:
- Ben Bender (University of Maryland)
- Ousseni Bouda (Standford University)
- Erik Centeno (University of the Pacific)
- Roman Celentano (Indiana University)
- Kipp Keller (Saint Louis University)
- Isaiah Parker (Saint Louis University)
- Patrick Schulte (Saint Louis University)
- Thorleifur Ulfarsson (Duke University)
The SuperDraft is an important step in Charlotte FC’s process of building their inaugural roster as we draw closer to the beginning of the 2022 MLS season. Charlotte is on the clock so make sure to tune into the stream.
Streaming MLS SuperDraft 2022
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