MLS 2021 Expansion club Austin FC will have the first overall selection in the MLS SuperDraft 2021 presented by adidas, which is set for January 21 at 1 p.m. CT. The first round of the virtual player selection event will stream live on MLSsoccer.com, the MLS App, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. In addition, fans can follow every pick as it happens with MLSsoccer.com's MLS SuperDraft tracker.
MLS SuperDraft 2021 presented by adidas will consist of three rounds of player selection. Following Austin FC’s opening pick in each round, clubs will make their selections in reverse order of the 2020 regular season standings, taking into account postseason performance in the Audi 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs. Any club that received a fourth-round pick via trade will have a compensatory pick at the conclusion of the third round.
Sporting currently holds the 50th overall pick in the second round and the 77th overall pick in the third round. As a club that received a 2021 fourth-round pick through a previous trade, Sporting will also have a compensatory pick at the conclusion of the third round at No. 82 overall.
Players eligible for selection in MLS SuperDraft 2021 presented by adidas include college seniors, Generation adidas players, and players that have waived their college eligibility by signing to play in a domestic professional league. The list of players eligible for selection will be made available in the days leading up to the draft.
Following MLS SuperDraft, Generation adidas players and select additional draftees will join their MLS clubs for the 2021 preseason, while others may continue to compete for their colleges before reporting to their MLS clubs in late May.
The official rules and procedure for MLS SuperDraft 2021 presented by adidas are available here. Additional information will be provided in the coming weeks.