Charlotte FC selected Clemson University junior center back Hamady Diop as the No. 1 overall pick in MLS SuperDraft on Wednesday evening.
Diop, who signed a Generation adidas contract with the league this week, is a two-time All-ACC second team selection, and has played in 42 games for the Tigers across three seasons. He’s amassed seven goals and three assists as a center back, and was a crucial player on Clemson’s 2021 national championship team.
Charlotte FC acquired the No. 1 overall pick in MLS SuperDraft 2023 from expansion side St. Louis CITY SC in exchange for $200,000 in 2023 General Allocation Money (GAM), $200,000 in 2024 GAM, up to $50,000 in conditional GAM, and Charlotte’s first-round selection (20th overall) in MLS SuperDraft 2023.
The North Carolina squad has taken the No. 1 overall MLS SuperDraft pick in consecutive years after drafting midfielder Ben Bender out of the University of Maryland in 2022.
The last MLS club to do so was D.C. United when it selected Alecko Eskandarian in 2003 and traded up to acquire Freddy Adu in 2004. The last No. 1 overall pick to be traded was Jack Harrison in 2016, who was dealt from Chicago Fire FC to New York City FC after being selected.