In the first half of the 2016 MLS SuperDraft, there were 41 players selected. Of those 41 young men, seven attended local universities. While they not have been from D.C., Maryland, or Virginia. Georgetown, Maryland, George Mason, and VCU were all represented in the first two rounds. One of which were expected to be selected first overall.
Joshua Yaro didn’t fall too far from that number one slot in which several mock drafts had placed him. The Philadelphia Union traded Zach Pfeffer and allocation monies to Colorado for the second overall pick. The Union continued to add to their backline by selecting Yaro’s collegiate teammate Keegan Rosenberry.
They also had the sixth pick and took midfielder Omar Holness, while he didn’t attend a local university or come from the area, he was a member of the Union’s four man draft haul. To complete their foursome, Philadelphia selected George Mason’s Taylor Washington with the third pick in the second round (23rd overall).
Still, there was one more Hoya drafted in the first round. Defender Cole Seiler went 16th to the Vancouver Whitecaps. It wasn’t all about the Hoyas though, a Terrapin was selected with the ninth overall pick. Toronto selected midfielder Tsubassa Endoh. Maryland had it’s second player selected in the second round, midfielder Ivan Magalhaes was taken by the Houston Dynamo.
Up next was forward Michael Gamble. The Columbia, Maryland native attended Wake Forest. The last player in the first half of the SuperDraft to attend a local university was Dennis Castillo, the defender attended Virginia Commonwealth University.
With the third and fourth rounds taking place via conference call on January 19th, there are still a few prospects with ties to the area available. UVA’s Todd Wharton hails from Glen Allen, Virginia and the midfielder is still on the board. Radford’s Daniel O’Keefe is also still available, he’s a native of Alexandria, Virginia. Old Dominion has a trio of teammates that have yet to be selected in Michael Nelson, Ryan Condetta, and Ivan Militar. Gaithersburg’s James Merriam attended West Virginia, he’s yet to be picked. Darius Madison of University of Maryland, Baltimore County is not the only member of the school on the board as teammate and Damascus native Malcolm Harris joins him.