We recap every pick in the two rounds of the MLS SuperDraft in Los Angeles, where UCLA forward Abu Danladi went first overall to Minnesota United.
Despite rumors of trade talk, MLS expansion club Minnesota United held onto the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft and took star UCLA forward Abu Danladi to kick off the festivities at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Friday.
Fellow expansion team Atlanta United followed at No. 2 and took Syracuse and U.S. Under-20 national team center back Miles Robinson.
Both were part of this year's Generation Adidas class, which is made up of star underclassmen who do not immediately count against a team's salary budget. It also included forwards Jonathan Lewis (Akron) and Adonijah Reid (Canada youth national team) and midfielders Jackson Yueill (UCLA) and Shamit Shome (FC Edmonton).
Former Duke product Jeremy Ebobisse is another top prospect and was touted as a potential No. 1 selection, and he went fourth overall to the Portland Timbers, who traded up to acquire his services.
The league also introduced a new wrinkle, divulging the exact figures of how much allocation money was involved in announced trades. New York City FC, for example, spent $250,000 in general allocation money to trade up to No. 3 and select Lewis with the pick that initially belonged to the Chicago Fire. Portland, meanwhile, sent $100,000 in general allocation money to Houston to take Ebobisse.
Here are the picks for the first two rounds of the MLS SuperDraft (the final two rounds take place via conference call on Jan. 17):