2015 MLS SuperDraft: As It Happened

icon
Wednesday January 14th, 2015

The first half of the 2015 MLS SuperDraft takes place Thursday in Philadelphia, where the league's next class of incoming talent learns its fate. The first two rounds are being held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, with the remaining two taking place over conference call on Jan. 20. For more on the top prospects available, read Liviu Bird's pre-draft breakdown. We'll track all of Thursday's picks as they happen below (* denotes member of Generation adidas class):

1
Orlando City SC

The UConn and Canada U-20 national team star has long been considered the top prospect in this class, and the Lions have an established UConn connection through GM and former UConn assistant Paul McDonough.

2
New York City FC

The Oregon State University product had 10 goals and 12 assists in his senior year and has been part of the U.S. youth national team setup. 

3
3*Romario WilLiams, F
Montreal Impact

The Impact need forward help with the retirement of Marco Di Vaio and they opt to pick one in the Central Florida and Jamaica youth national team product.

4
4Fatai Alashe, M
San Jose Earthquakes

The Michigan State product was a four-year stalwart at central defensive midfield for the Spartans and fills an area of need for Dom Kinnear's Earthquakes.

5
5Nick Besler, m
Portland Timbers

The Timbers go with U.S. men's national team center back Matt Besler's younger brother, who stood out at the combine as a central midfielder and helped Notre Dame to the 2013 NCAA title.

6
6*Alex Bono, GK
Toronto FC

The Hermann Trophy finalist and U.S. national team January Camp call-up goes from Syracuse to Toronto, where he can push Joe Bendik for a starting role.

7
7Matt Polster, D
Chicago Fire

The Fire go local, taking the Southern Illinois University-Evansville defender. A four-year starter, he goes to a non-playoff team that leaked 51 goals last season.

8
8Zach steinberger, m
Houston Dynamo

Owen Coyle's first pick as an MLS manager is the Butler four-year starter. He drew solid reviews from his play at the MLS Combine and provides depth at an area of strength for the club. 

9
9Clement Simonin, D
Toronto FC

With its second pick, Toronto FC looks to reinforce its back line with the North Carolina State product. A surprise pick and not a name that many had seen being called this early.

10
10Connor Hallisey, M
Sporting Kansas City

A Hermann Trophy semifinalist, Hallisey played four years at Cal and offers help on the wing for Sporting KC, an important role in Peter Vermes' 4-3-3.

11
11Skyler THomas, D
Toronto FC

TFC goes back to the Syracuse well to pair Thomas with Bono. Thomas being a Canadian citizen certainly boosts his worth on the Reds' roster, and the familiarity with Bono is a plus as well.

12
12SAAD Abdul-Salaam, D
Sporting Kansas City

The Akron product signed a senior contract with MLS and is an attacking right back that adds depth to a team heavy on center backs but thin on fullbacks. Had 11 assists in his last two seasons with the Zips.

13
13Tim Parker, D
Vancouver Whitecaps

The Whitecaps are undergoing a defensive makeover, and they add to their center back corps with Parker, a St. John's product who was once in the U.S. U-18 national team player pool. 

14
14Axel Sjoberg
Colorado Rapids (via Columbus)

The Rapids traded up to take the 6-foot-7, 210-pound behemoth of a center back out of Marquette. Born in Sweden, his size is a unique asset for any prospect.

15
FC Dallas

Son of NBC Sports TV analyst and former player Robbie Earle, Otis, a promising left back, comes out of UC-Riverside. Born in the UK, Earle has a green card and won't count as an international player.

16
16*Cristian roldan, m
Seattle Sounders (via RSL)

Thought to be a top-two pick, Roldan plummeted but lands in an ideal spot. The U.S. youth national team attacking midfielder gets to stay near his University of Washington and grow with the likes of Clint Dempsey, Osvaldo Alonso, etc.

17
17Miguel aguilar, f
D.C. United

In searching for attacking depth as it prepares to compete in the CONCACAF Champions League, D.C. takes Aguilar, who tallied 15 goals in four season at the University of San Francisco.

18
New York Red Bulls

The Red Bulls take the Hermann Trophy winner from UCLA, who hasn't signed with MLS yet and could very well land a deal overseas. Nevertheless, the Red Bulls have the MLS rights to one of the best prospects in this class.

19
19Sergio Campbell, D
Columbus Crew (via Colorado)

Columbus lands the brute 6-foot-4 Jamaican international out of UConn, as Gregg Berhalter looks to add muscle to his back line.

20
20Amadou Dia, M
Sporting Kansas City

Sporting KC adds the lesser-heralded Clemson product to the club's stable. 

21
21Ignacio Maganto, F
LA Galaxy

The defending MLS Cup champions opt for the Spain-born Iona attacker who had 27 goals in four seasons.

22
22*Conor Donovan, D
Orlando City SC

 

23
23Connor Brandt, M
New York City FC

 

24
24Andy Thoma, D
Portland Timbers

 

25
25Akeil Barrett, M/F
Orlando City SC

 

26
26JoE Greenspan, D
Colorado Rapids

 

27
27Boyd Okwuonu, D
Real Salt Lake (via Seattle)

 

28
28Kinglsey Brice, F
Chicago Fire

 

29
29Wesley Charpie, D
Toronto FC

 

30
30Oumar Ballo, D
Houston Dynamo (via Sporting KC)

 

31
31Dzenan Catic, F
Philadelphia Union

 

32
Portland Timbers

 

33
33TYLER Miller, GK
Seattle Sounders (via New England Revolution)

 

34
34KHARLTON Belmar, F
Portland Timbers

 

35
35SAGI lev-ARi, F
Columbus Crew SC

 

36
36Rob lovejoy, F
Houston Dynamo

 

37
37edwin rivas, f
Toronto FC

 

38
38kay banjo, f
Vancouver Whitecaps

 

39
39stefano bonomo, f
New York Red Bulls

 

40
40oneil fisher, m
Seattle Sounders

 

41
41eric bird, d
Philadelphia Union

 

42
42dan metzger, m
D.C. United

 

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.