HARRISON, N.J. – The Red Bulls Monday concluded the MLS Superdraft with three selections, two in the third round and one in the fourth.
The Red Bulls made seven picks over four rounds in the draft, which spanned two days.
New York opened the third round selecting University of Rhode Island forward Stavros Zarokostas with the 10th pick of the round. The Red Bulls followed up five picks later with Barry Sharifi, a Loyola Maryland midfielder and a former Under-23 Red Bulls player.
New York concluded the draft with St. John’s University midfielder Niko Petridis with the 93rd pick (fourth round, 15th pick).
Zarokostas, who also can play midfielder, was a mainstay at Rhode Island, as a starter all four seasons. In his first season, the Coventry, R.I. native recorded eight goals and four assists in 15 starts, which earned him the nod as the 2016 Atlantic 10 rookie of the year. Over four years, the 5-7, 160-lb Zarokostas accrued 28 goals and 17 assists in 74 games and earned United States Coaches All-Region honors twice (2018, 2019).
The 5-10, 175-lb. Sharifi was named the Patriot League midfielder of the year three consecutive years (2017-19) and became Loyola’s third All-American midfielder in 2018. In four seasons, he tallied 19 goals and 19 assists in 71 games. The Jericho, N.Y. native also played on Red Bull’s U-23 squad during the summer. He recorded two goals over six games in 226 minutes in 2019.
Petridis, a transfer from the University of Connecticut, played 35 matches for the Red Storm in his last two collegiate seasons. The Norwalk, Conn. native recored three of his four goals and three of his four assists coming off the bench in 2019. The 5-7, 155-lb. Petridis made 16 starts in 35 matches, recording four goals and four assists with UConnecticut. He was selected to the American Athletic Conference All-Rookie Team in 2016.