The MLS SuperDraft 2023 presented by adidas is set for Wednesday, December 21.
Here’s everything you need to know about the offseason roster-building mechanism that sees collegiate players enter the professional ranks – how to watch, player lists, history and more.
How to watch
Streaming MLS SuperDraft 2023
The SuperDraft will be held on December 21 and can be watched across several MLS platforms.
Player eligible list: Over 360 players are available for selection to all 29 MLS clubs.
Generation adidas class: Eight players are signed to GA deals ahead of the 2023 MLS SuperDraft.
How it works
The SuperDraft has three rounds, with each team allowed one pick per round – 88 total this year (one compensatory selection).
The first pick goes to expansion side St. Louis CITY SC, followed by the teams that did not qualify for the Audi 2022 MLS Cup Playoffs and beginning with the team with the fewest 2022 regular-season points (3 points per win, 1 point per tie). The remaining positions are ranked by the fewest regular-season points among the teams that were eliminated in the same round of the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs.
However, some teams moved up or down following trades. The order can be found at the Draft Tracker.
From SuperDraft to World Cup
- Sean Johnson (No. 51, 2010 SuperDraft)
- Aaron Long (No. 36, 2014 SuperDraft)
- Tim Ream (No. 18, 2010 SuperDraft)
- Cristian Roldan (No. 16, 2015 SuperDraft)
- Walker Zimmerman (No. 7, 2013 SuperDraft)
- Tajon Buchanan (No. 9, 2019 SuperDraft)
- Alistair Johnston (No. 11, 2020 SuperDraft)
- Cyle Larin (No. 1, 2015 SuperDraft)
- Richie Laryea (No. 7, 2016 SuperDraft)
- Kamal Miller (No. 27, 2019 SuperDraft)
- Dayne St. Clair (No. 7, 2019 SuperDraft)
The SuperDraft has also proven there are players who can make an immediate first-team impact. Just last year, Charlotte FC drafted Ben Bender with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 SuperDraft, which led Bender to making the MLS 22 Under 22 list during the club's first season.
Ben Bender | MLS 22 Under 22