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Minnesota United FC select Abu Danladi of UCLA with expansion team’s first No. 1 pick in MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas

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Minnesota United FC select Abu Danladi of UCLA with expansion team’s first No. 1 pick in MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas
 
Atlanta United select Miles Robinson second overall with club’s first-ever SuperDraft pick
 
LOS ANGELES (Friday, January 13, 2017) – Expansion team Minnesota United FC made history Friday, selecting UCLA forward Abu Danladi with the club’s first overall selection in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
 
Danladi became the fifth player in MLS SuperDraft selected from UCLA with the first pick overall, the most of any school in league history, the last coming in 2008. A member of Generation adidas, Danladi was also the first of two players from UCLA chosen in the first six picks overall, when midfielder Jackson Yueill was selected at No. 6 by the San Jose Earthquakes.
 
With their first pick in their inaugural MLS SuperDraft, Atlanta United selected defender Miles Robinson from Syracuse University second overall. Robinson is also a member of Generation adidas, as the first four players selected were all part of the program’s class of 2017. New York City FC selected Jonathan Lewis out of the University of Akron with the third selection overall, then the Portland Timbers acquired the fourth selection from the Houston Dynamo before using it to take forward Jeremy Ebobisse.
 
Three schools had two players selected in the first round: UCLA, the University of Connecticut and the University of Denver – who saw Reagan Dunk taken at No. 13 by Real Salt Lake and Sam Hamilton with the 15th selection by the Colorado Rapids, the first players from the school ever taken in the first round in the MLS SuperDraft. UConn had Jakob Nerwinski selected seventh (Vancouver Whitecaps FC) and Kwame Awuah at No. 16 (New York City FC).
 
Danladi was the second player born in Ghana selected with the No. 1 overall pick in MLS history, after Freddy Adu was taken first in 2004. Danladi was the first of two Ghana-born players taken in the first five selections, with Alhassan Abubakar from the Univ. of Dayton taken fifth overall by Columbus Crew SC. In addition, Awuah and Chris Odoi-Atsem (No. 12 by D.C. United out of Univ. of Maryland) also have Ghanaian heritage.
 
Players from 30 colleges and universities were represented in the 44 selections overall. There were also players selected from 11 different countries: USA, Canada, England, Germany, Ghana, Bermuda, Spain, South Africa, New Zealand, France and Norway.
 
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A round-by-round summary of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft follows:
 
ROUND 1
#        TEAM       PLAYER      POS.       HT        WT       DOB            HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE
1.        MIN            Abu Danladi*          FW           5-10       170             10/18/1995              Takoradi, Ghana/UCLA
2.        ATL            Miles Robinson*      DF           6-2         185             03/14/1997             Arlington, Mass./Syracuse Univ.
3.        NYC %       Jonathan Lewis*     FW           5-7         143             06/04/1997            Plantation, Fla./Univ. of Akron
4.        POR @       Jeremy Ebobisse*  FW           6-0         175             02/14/1997             Bethesda, Md./Duke Univ.
5.        CLB            Alhassan Abubakar DF           6-1         170             12/25/1994             Kumasi, Ghana/Univ. of Dayton
6.        SJ               Jackson Yueill*       MF           5-10       165             03/19/1997             Bloomington, Minn./UCLA
7.        VAN            Jakob Nerwinski      DF           6-0         175             10/17/1994            Lawrenceville, N.J./UCONN
8.        ATL            Julian Gressel         MF           6-1         185             12/16/1993             Neustadt an der Aisch,/Providence
9.        CLB            Niko Hansen           FW           5-10       170             09/14/1994            Sacramento, Calif./UNM
10.      HOU @      Joe Holland             MF           5-10       164             04/21/1993            London, England/Hofstra Univ.
11.      CHI             Daniel Johnson       MF           5-9         140             09/08/1995           Duluth, Ga./Univ. of Louisville
12.      DC              Chris Odoi-Atsem   DF           5-8         150             05/28/1995             Mitchellville, Md./Univ. of Maryland
13       RSL            Reagan Dunk          DF           5-11       170             02/08/1994             Dallas, Texas/Univ. of Denver
14.      KC              Colton Storm           DF           5-10       175             07/06/1994             Mechanicsburg, Pa./UNC
15.      COL            Sam Hamilton         MF           6-0         185             07/27/1995             Evergreen, Colo./Univ. of Denver
16.      NYC #        Kwame Awuah        MF           5-7         160             12/02/1995              Toronto, Ont., Canada/UCONN
17.      NYR           Zeiko Lewis             MF           5-6         145             06/04/1994             Pembroke, Bermuda/Boston College
18.      DAL            Jacori Hayes           MF           5-7         150             06/29/1995             Bowie, Md./Wake Forest Univ.
19.      MTL            Nick DePuy             FW           6-5         205             11/14/1994             Irvine, Calif./UC, Santa Barbara
20.      NE              Brian Wright            FW           6-1         192             03/24/1995            Ajax, Ont./Canada Univ. of Vermont
21.      TOR           Brandon Aubrey      DF           6-3         192             03/14/1995             Plano, Texas/Univ. of Notre Dame
22.      SEA            Brian Nana-Sinkam DF           6-0         180             01/01/1995        Lititz, Pa./Stanford Univ.
 
* Generation adidas
 
% CHI trade No. 3 overall selection in 2017 to NYC for $250,000 general allocation money
@ HOU trade No. 4 overall selection in 2017 to POR for No. 10 overall selection in 2017, $100,000 general allocation money and 2017 international roster spot
# SEA trade No. 16 overall selection in 2017 to NYC for $75,000 general allocation money
 
ROUND 2
 
#        TEAM       PLAYER      POS.       HT        WT       DOB            HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE
23.      MIN            Alec Ferrell             GK           6-4         190             03/03/1994    Westlake, Ohio / Wake Forest Univ.
24.      COL            Liam Callahan         DF           5-9         160            03/01/1994     Amherst, N.Y./Syracuse Univ.
25.      PHI $          Marcus Epps          FW           6-0         155            01/16/1995    Jackson, Miss./Univ. of South Florida
26.      CHI &         Stefan Cleveland    GK           6-2         185             05/25/1994      Dayton, Ohio/Oniv. of Louisville
27.      CHI &         Guillermo Delgado  FW           5-8         163           07/08/1994 Tres Cantos, Spain/Univ. of Delaware
28.      SJ               Lindo Mfeka            MF           5-5         155            03/30/1994     Durban, South Africa/USF
29.      VAN            Francis deVries       DF           6-3         190           11/28/1994  Christchurch, New Zealand/ SFU
30.      HOU           Jake McGuire         GK           6-3         175             09/03/1994      Chino, Calif./Univ. of Tulsa
31.      NE              Napo Matsoso        MF           5-6         150            05/28/1994     Louisville, Ky./Univ. of Kentucky
32.      POR           Michael Amick         DF           6-0         175            04/03/1995   Sunnyvale, Calif./UCLA
33.      PHI             Aaron Jones            DF           5-9         160            03/12/1994   Great Yarmouth, UK/Clemson Univ.
34.      DC              Eric Klenofsky         GK           6-6         180           09/21/1994  Lincoln Park, N.J./Monmouth Univ.
35.      RSL            Justin Schmidt        DF           6-1         195            11/03/1993 Albuquerque, N.M./Univ. of Washington
36.      HOU           Danilo Radjen         DF           6-2         180            06/22/1994 Broadview Heights, Ohio/Univ. of Akron
37.      DAL            Walker Hume          DF           6-5         203             08/22/1993     Austin, Texas/UNC
38.      NYC           Jalen Brown            FW           5-10       178            01/23/1995   Indianapolis, Ind./Xavier Univ.
39.      NYR           Ethan Kutler            MF           5-11       165             05/01/1995     Lansing, N.Y./Colgate Univ.
40.      DAL            Adonijah Reid*        FW           5-5         150           08/13/1999    Brampton, Ont., Canada /no club
41.      MTL            Shamit Shome*       MF           5-10       166            09/05/1997   Edmonton, Alb., Canada FC Edmonton [CAN]
42.      MIN            Thomas de Villardi  MF           6-1         175           03/27/1994 Vincennes, France/Univ. of Delaware
43.      DC              Jo-Vetle Rimstad    DF           6-2         185            05/24/1992  Harestua, Norway/Radford Univ.
44.      SEA            Dominic Oduro        MF           5-5         143           01/23/1995     Accra, Ghana/FC Nordsjælland [DEN]
 
$ MIN trade No. 25 overall selection in 2017 to PHI for No. 42 overall selection in 2017 and $50,000 general allocation money
& TOR trade No. 26 and No. 27 overall selections in 2017 to CHI $75,000 targeted allocation money
 
TEAM-BY-TEAM SELECTIONS:
Atlanta United (2): Miles Robinson (2); Julian Gressel (8)
Chicago Fire (3): Stefan Cleveland (26), Guillermo Delgado (27); Daniel Johnson (11)
Colorado Rapids (2): Liam Callahan (24), Sam Hamilton (15)
Columbus Crew SC (2): Alhassan Abubakar (5); Niko Hansen (9)
D.C. United (2): Eric Klenofsky (34); Chris Odoi-Atsem (12), Jo-Vetle Rimstad (43)
FC Dallas (3): Jacori Hayes (18), Walker Hume (37), Adonijah Reid (40)
Houston Dynamo (3): Danilo Radjen (36), Joe Holland (10), Jake McGuire (30)
Sporting Kansas City (1): Colton Storm (14)
LA Galaxy (0):
Minnesota United FC (3): Abu Danladi (1); Thomas de Villardi (42), Alec Ferrell (23)
Montréal Impact (2): Nick DePuy (19); Shamit Shome (41)
New England Revolution (2): Napo Matsoso (31); Brian Wright (20)
New York Red Bulls (2): Ethan Kutler (39), Zeiko Lewis (17)
New York City FC (3): Kwame Awuah (16); Jalen Brown (38), Jonathan Lewis (3)
Orlando City SC (0):
Philadelphia Union (2): Marcus Epps (25); Aaron Jones (33)
Portland Timbers (2): Michael Amick (32), Jeremy Ebobisse (4)
Real Salt Lake (2): Reagan Dunk (13), Justin Schmidt (35)
San Jose Earthquakes (2): Lindo Mfeka (28); Jackson Yueill (6)
Seattle Sounders FC (1): Brian Nana-Sinkam (22), Dominic Oduro (44)
Toronto FC (1): Brandon Aubrey (21)
Vancouver Whitecaps FC (2): Francis deVries (29); Jakob Nerwinski (7)
 
COLLEGE-BY-COLLEGE SELECTIONS:
Univ. of Akron (2): Jonathan Lewis, Danilo Radjen
Boston College (1): Zeiko Lewis
Univ. of California, Los Angeles (3): Michael Amick, Abu Danladi, Jackson Yueill
Univ. of California, Santa Barbara (1): Nick DePuy
Clemson Univ. (1): Aaron Jones
Colgate Univ. (1): Ethan Kutler
Univ. of Connecticut (2): Kwame Awuah; Jakob Nerwinski
Dayton Univ. (1): Alhassan Abubakar
Univ. of Delaware (2): Thomas de Villardi, Guillermo Delgado
Univ. of Denver (2): Reagan Dunk, Sam Hamilton
Duke Univ. (1): Jeremy Ebobisse
Hofstra Univ. (1): Joe Holland
Univ. of Kentucky (1): Napo Matsoso
Univ. of Louisville (2): Stefan Cleveland, Daniel Johnson
Univ. of Maryland (1): Chris Odoi-Atsem
Monmouth Univ. (1): Eric Klenofsky
Univ. of New Mexico (1): Niko Hansen
Univ. of North Carolina (2): Walker Hume, Colton Storm
Univ. of Notre Dame (1): Brandon Aubrey
Providence College (1): Julian Gressel
Radford Univ. (1): Jo Vetle Rimstad
Saint Francis Univ. (1): Francis deVries
Univ. of South Florida (2): Marcus Epps, Lindo Mfeka
Stanford Univ. (1): Brian Nana-Sinkam
Syracuse Univ. (2): Liam Callahan, Miles Robinson
Univ. of Tulsa (1): Jake McGuire
Univ. of Vermont (1): Brian Wright
Wake Forest Univ. (2): Alec Ferrell, Jacori Hayes
Univ. of Washington (1): Justin Schmidt
Xavier Univ. (1): Jalen Brown