NEW YORK – Expansion team Austin FC will have the first overall selection in the MLS SuperDraft Jan. 21 (2 p.m. ET).
The draft will consist of three rounds. 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 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.
Players eligible for selection in the draft 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 the draft, 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 the draft are available here. Additional information will be provided in the coming weeks.
The first round of the virtual player selection event will stream live on MLSsoccer.com, the MLS App, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Fans also can follow every pick as it happens with MLSsoccer.com’s MLS SuperDraft tracker.