Brothers Ben (left) and Matt Di Rosa became the first twins taken in the MLS SuperDraft. (Photo courtesy of the University of Maryland)
After trading away its first-round selection, New York City FC Thursday chose defender Ben Di Rosa and midfielder Vuk Latinovich in the MLS SuperDraft.
Di Rosa was selected with the 44th overall pick in the second round. The University of Maryland defender started 21 matches and played 1,741 in 2019 and produced a goal and two assists.
His brother, Matt, a midfielder, was taken 25th overall by Toronto FC as the brothers became the first twins to be chosen in the draft.
Ben Di Rosa teamed current MLS players Donovan Pines, Dayne St. Clair and Chase Gasper to help form the backbone of Maryland’s title winning defense that did not give up a goal in the 2018 NCAA Division I Tournament. He was named to the 2018 College Cup all-tournament team.
Latinovich was taken with the 71st overall pick in the third round. A native of Brookfield, Wisc., Latinovich played at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and in 2019 was one of only three players to appear and start in all 20 games.
City also dealt the 17th overall pick to Minnesota United in exchange for $50,000 General Allocation Money and a potential $25,000 GAM for meeting certain performance based incentives.