David Beckham’s enlargement Inter Miami CF chosen Clemson ahead Robbie Robinson with the primary general choose within the 2020 MLS SuperDraft on Thursday.
Robinson, 21, received this 12 months’s MAC Hermann award as the highest male collegiate participant within the nation. The Camden, South Carolina, native is a flexible, cell ahead who can play a number of positions.
“He’s the most talented attacking player in the draft,” one MLS executive said prior to the draft. “He’s very dynamic in his ability. He can create chances for himself and others.”
After suffering through an injury-riddled sophomore season, Robinson scored 18 goals in 2019. Now the challenge will be to crack a Miami lineup that already has South American products Julian Carranza and designated player Matias Pellegrini.
Fellow expansion side Nashville SC chose Indiana University defender Jack Maher with the second overall pick before Miami, who had two of the top three selections, took Georgetown defender Dylan Nealis third.
Maher, 20, spent two seasons at Indiana, where he emerged as the top center back in the country and was the Big 10’s defensive player of the year. He made a total of 46 appearances with the Hoosiers, scoring four goals. He is a product of St. Louis-based youth club St. Louis Scott Gallagher, the same club that produced current Fulham and U.S. international defender Tim Ream.
Some observers around the league feel Maher still needs to grow into his body and fill out physically in order to cope with MLS forwards, but has the technical ability needed to play in the league.
“He’s a two-year project, and he has to get stronger,” one MLS coach said prior to the draft. “But he’s a good, good soccer player.”
The 2020 SuperDraft will encompass four rounds and 104 selections. Rounds 3 and 4 will take place beginning on Monday, Jan. 13 via conference call.
Top 10 picks
*- draft-day trade
1. Inter Miami CF: Robbie Robinson, forward, Clemson
2. Nashville SC: Jack Maher, defender, Indiana
3. Inter Miami CF: Dylan Nealis, defender, Georgetown
4. Vancouver Whitecaps: Ryan Raposo, midfielder, Syracuse
5. Orlando City: Daryl Dike, forward, Virginia
6. New England Revolution: Henry Kessler, defender, Virginia
7. Columbus Crew SC: Miguel Berry, forward, San Diego
8. Houston Dynamo: Garrett McLaughlin, forward, SMU
9. Montreal Impact: Jeremy Kelly, defender, North Carolina
10. *New York Red Bulls: Patrick Seagrist, defender, Marquette