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2017 MLS SuperDraft

14 January 2016: Banners for the three confirmed future MLS expansion teams. From left: Atlanta United FC, Los Angeles Football Club, and Minnesota United. The 2016 MLS SuperDraft was held at The Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland as part of the annual NSCAA Convention. (Photograph by Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon Sportswire) (Photo by Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)

The first live blog of 2017 here on The Stoppage Time, powered by Azteca Soccer, is the 2017 MLS SuperDraft, live and direct from the Concourse Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California. Join Jo-Ryan Salazar starting at 9 a.m. PT/12 p.m. ET on Friday, Jan. 13 as the nation’s top collegiate talent find out where they head off to in Major League Soccer. Here’s the breakdown, from MLSSoccer.com.


 

When & Where

Rounds 1 and 2 of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft will take place on Friday, January 13 starting at 3 pm ET. The draft will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California. Fans can attend the SuperDraft free of charge.

Rounds 3 and 4 of the SuperDraft will take place via conference call on Tuesday, January 17 at a time to be determined.

Players Available

The majority of draft prospects are NCAA college seniors who have exhausted their college eligibility. Generation adidas players and non-collegiate international players are also eligible for selection in the SuperDraft. Clubs may nominate players for the League’s Draft-Eligible List, and only players from that list may be selected.

Many of the players that will be selected will be participating in the adidas MLS Player Combine, which takes place at the StubHub Center in Carson, California from January 8-12.

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How The SuperDraft Works

There are four rounds in the SuperDraft, with each team entitled to one pick per round. The first pick is held by Minnesota United FC, while the second pick is held by Atlanta United FC, per the results of the Expansion Priority Draft on October 16, 2016. The following eight picks went to the teams that did not make the 2016 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs, going from lowest to highest regular season point total. The remaining positions were ranked by fewest regular season points among the teams that were eliminated in the same round of the playoffs.

Many of the selections have already changed hands via trades. View the updated draft order.

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What Happens Next

Most picks will enter training camp with the clubs that drafted them but only about half of them will make an MLS roster.

A player who was drafted by a particular team through the SuperDraft and did not sign, is placed on that team’s “College Protected List” until December 31st of the year after the draft, after which the team loses the MLS rights to the player.


 

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