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New York City FC obtain first overall selection Jack Harrison in 2016 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas after trade

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New York City FC obtain first overall selection Jack Harrison in 2016 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas after trade
Philadelphia Union select Joshua Yaro second overall as one of club’s three first-round picks
 
BALTIMORE (Thursday, January 14, 2016) – When Jack Harrison was chosen with the first overall selection in the MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas, he made history as the first player ever chosen from Wake Forest University with the No. 1 overall pick. Then minutes later, the Generation adidas midfielder made history of a different sort.
 
Harrison was originally selected first overall by the Chicago Fire. But New York City FC then traded the No. 4 selection to the Fire in exchange for Harrison – the first time in Major League Soccer history the No. 1 pick was selected then traded on draft day. The Fire then used the No. 4 spot to select Brandon Vincent of Stanford Univ., who is currently in the U.S. national team training camp.
 
It was the third time in MLS SuperDraft the No. 1 overall selection was traded on the day of the draft. In 2006, Chivas USA received No. 5 overall selection from the MetroStars in return for the No. 1 pick, which was then used to select Marvell Wynne. In 2014, D.C. United traded the No. 1 overall selection to Philadelphia Union for the No. 2 selection, and Union then selected Andre Blake with the first pick overall.
 
The Chicago Fire, who made a second trade involving first-round draft picks, weren’t the only team busy in the SuperDraft. Philadelphia Union – who already held the No. 3 overall selection – then also obtained the No. 2 selection from the Colorado Rapids. Union used the picks to obtain a pair of Georgetown Univ. defenders: Joshua Yaro with the second selection overall, and Keegan Rosenberry with the third pick. Union also held the sixth pick in the first round, which they used to take Creighton Univ. midfielder Fabian Herbers.
 
Harrison, Yaro and Herbers were all among the Generation adidas class – all seven members of which were selected in the first 11 picks overall.
 
Georgetown Univ. and the Univ. of North Carolina each had three players selected in the first round. In addition to Yaro and Rosenberry, Georgetown saw defender Cole Seiler taken with the 16th pick by Vancouver Whitecaps FC. North Carolina had midfielder Omar Holness (No. 5, Real Salt Lake) and defenders Jordan McCrary (No. 10, New England Revolution) and Jonathan Campbell (No. 12, Chicago Fire). It was the seventh and eighth times in SuperDraft history one school had three or more players selected in the first round.
 
Players from 29 colleges and universities were represented in the 41 selections overall. There were also players selected from 10 different countries: USA, Canada, Jamaica, England, Germany, Japan, Brazil, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Belize.
 
For a complete recap of the 2016 MLS SuperDraft, please visit: www.MLSsoccer.com.
 
A round-by-round summary of the 2016 SuperDraft follows:
 
 
 
ROUND 1
 
#        TEAM       PLAYER            POS.       HT        WT       DOB            HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE
1.        CHI             Jack Harrison*        MF           5-9         155             11/20/1996    Bolton, England Wake Forest Univ.
2.        PHI @        Joshua Yaro*          DF           5-11       163             03/24/1994    Santa Barbara, Calif.   Georgetown Univ.
3.        PHI             Keegan Rosenberry DF           5-8         160             12/11/1993       Ronks, Pa.           Georgetown Univ.
4.        CHI %         Brandon Vincent     DF           5-11       180             05/01/1994     Santa Clarita, Calif.   Stanford Univ.
5.        RSL            Omar Holness*       MF           6-0         174             03/13/1994  Kingston, Jamaica Univ. of North Carolina
6.        PHI             Fabian Herbers*     MF           6-0         170             08/17/1993   Ahaus, Germany           Creighton Univ.
7.        ORL            Richmond Laryea*  MF           5-9         150             01/07/1995      Toronto, Ont. Univ. of Akron
8.        SJ               Andrew Tarbell*      GK           6-3         194             10/07/1993    Mandeville, La.           Clemson Univ.
9.        TOR           Tsubasa Endoh      MF           5-8         145             08/20/1993     Tokyo, Japan Univ. of Maryland
10.      NE              Jordan McCrary      DF           5-9         165             07/28/1993      Marietta, Ga. Univ. of North Carolina
11.      DC &          Julian Buescher*     DF           5-10       170             04/22/1993        Duelmen, Germany               Syracuse Univ.
12.      CHI $          Jonathan Campbell DF           6-2         185             06/27/1993  Greensboro, N.C. Univ. of North Carolina
13.      ORL !          Hadji Barry              FW           6-0         165             12/08/1992    Rochester, N.Y. Univ. of Central Florida
14.      MTL            Kyle Fisher              DF           6-0         183             06/19/1994      Easley, S.C. Clemson Univ.
15.      COL $#       Emmanuel Appiah  MF           5-9         160             09/26/1993   Westerville, Ohio Univ. of Cincinnati
16.      VAN            Cole Seiler              DF           6-1         180             02/05/1994    Anderson, S.C.           Georgetown Univ.
17.      DAL            Ryan Herman         GK           6-7         235             06/18/1993    Fall City, Wash. Univ. of Washington
18.      NYR           Justin Bilyeu            DF           6-2         175             02/03/1994     St. Louis, Mo. Southern Illinois Univ. Edwardsville
19.      CLB            Rodrigo Saravia      MF           6-0         175             02/22/1993   Guatemala City, Guatemala             Florida Gulf Coast Univ.
20.      POR           Ben Polk                 FW           5-9         172             09/19/1992    Herkimer, N.Y.           Syracuse Univ.
* Generation adidas
 
@ COL trade No. 2 overall selection in 2016 to PHI for general allocation amount and player to be named
% NYC trade No. 4 overall selection in 2016 and general allocation amount to CHI for player to be named
# SEA trade No. 15 overall selection in 2016 and general allocation amount to CHI for player to be named
$ COL trade No. 12 and No. 22 overall selections in 2016 to CHI for No. 15 and No. 33 overall selections and No. 1 allocation ranking
& KC trade No. 11 overall selection in 2016 to DC for targeted allocation amount
! DC trade No. 13 overall selection in 2016 to ORL for targeted allocation amount and No. 32 overall selection in 2016
 
ROUND 2
 
#        TEAM       PLAYER            POS.       HT        WT       DOB            HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE
21.      CLB            Chase Minter          MF           5-9         150             08/19/1992      Heath, Texas           California Polytechnic State Univ.
22.      CHI $          Alex Morrell            FW           5-7         135             05/11/1994     Lakeland, Fla. Univ. of North Florida
23.      PHI             Taylor Washington  DF           5-10       175             08/16/1993      Somers, N.Y. George Mason Univ.
24.      MTL            Michael Salazar      FW           5-11       180             11/15/1992      Cayo, Belize Univ. of California, Riverside
25.      RSL            Max Lachowecki     DF           5-10       162             06/30/1992    Evansville, Ind. Univ. of Notre Dame
26.      HOU           Ivan Magalhaes      MF           6-1         185             12/23/1993  Sao Paulo, Brazil Univ. of Maryland
27.      SEA            Tony Alfaro             DF           6-2         190             06/15/1993 Santa Barbara, Calif. Calif. State Univ., Dominguez Hills
28.      SJ               Patrick Hodan         MF           5-9         157             10/19/1993  Brookiefield, Wis. Univ. of Notre Dame
29.      VAN            Christopher Hellmann   FW           6-0         180             10/16/1992 Cologne, Germany Lynn Univ.
30.      NE              Michael Gamble     FW           5-7         160             01/05/1994     Columbia, Md. Wake Forest Univ.
31.      CLB            Kyle Parker             FW           5-10       155             12/17/1993      Marvin, N.C. Univ. of North Carolina at Charlotte
32.      DC !            Paul Clowes            MF           5-9         155             12/27/1993 Cheshire, England           Clemson Univ.
33.      DAL +$       Timo Pitter              MF           5-8         160             09/01/1992  Oberschwarzach, Germany               Creighton Univ.
34.      MTL            Eric Verso               MF           5-10       160             10/04/1992 Los Angeles, Calif.           Stanford Univ.
35.      SEA            Zach Mathers          MF           5-11       175             04/14/1994      Keller, Texas Duke Univ.
36.      VAN            Thomas Sanner      FW           6-4         195             05/20/1994   Indianapolis, Ind.           Princeton Univ.
37.      COL +         Dennis Castillo        DF           5-11       170             04/30/1993   San Jose, Costa Rica    Virginia Commonwealth Univ.
38       NYR           Zach Carroll            DF           6-3         190             03/16/1994      Grand Blanc, Mich.   Michigan State Univ.
39.      MTL            Keegan Smith         FW           6-0         175             10/24/1992   Temecula, Calif. Univ. of San Diego
40.      POR           Neco Brett              FW           5-8         165             03/22/1992  Kingston, Jamaica           Robert Morris Univ.
41.      CLB            Marshall Hollingsworth  FW           5-8         160             08/06/1993     Libertyville, Ill.           Wheaton College
 
+ COL trade No. 33 overall selection in 2016 to DAL for No. 37 and No. 58 overall selections in 2016
 
TEAM-BY-TEAM SELECTIONS:
 
Chicago Fire (4): Jack Harrison (1), Brandon Vincent (4), Jonathan Campbell (12), Alex Morrell (22)
Colorado Rapids (2): Emmanuel Appiah (15), Dennis Castillo (37)
Columbus Crew SC (4): Chase Minter (21); Kyle Parker (31), Rodrigo Saravia (19), Marshall Hollingsworth (41)
D.C. United (2): Julian Buescher (11), Paul Clowes (32)
FC Dallas (2): Ryan Herman (17), Timo Pitter (33)
Houston Dynamo (1): Ivan Magalhaes (26)
Sporting Kansas City (0)
LA Galaxy (0)
Montréal Impact (4): Kyle Fisher (14), Michael Salazar (24), Eric Verso (34), Keegan Smith (39)
New England Revolution (2): Jordan McCrary (10), Michael Gamble (30)
New York Red Bulls (2): Justin Bilyeu (18), Zach Carroll (38)
New York City FC (0)
Orlando City SC (2): Richmond Laryea (7), Hadji Barry (13)
Philadelphia Union (4): Joshua Yaro (2), Keegan Rosenberry (3), Fabian Herbers (6), Taylor Washington (23)
Portland Timbers (2): Ben Polk (20), Neco Brett (40)
Real Salt Lake (2): Omar Holness (5), Max Lachowecki (25)
San Jose Earthquakes (2): Andrew Tarbell (8), Patrick Hodan (28)
Seattle Sounders FC (2): Tony Alfaro (27), Zach Mathers (35)
Toronto FC (1): Tsubasa Endoh (9)
Vancouver Whitecaps FC (3): Cole Seiler (16), Christopher Hellmann (29), Thomas Sanner (36)
 
COLLEGE-BY-COLLEGE SELECTIONS:
 
Univ. of Akron (1): Richmond Laryea
Univ. of California, Riverside (1): Michael Salazar
California Polytechnic State Univ. (1): Chase Minter
California State Univ., Dominguez Hills (1): Tony Alfaro
Univ. of Central Florida (1): Hadji Barry
Univ. of Cincinnati (1): Emmanuel Appiah
Clemson Univ. (3): Paul Clowes, Kyle Fisher, Andrew Tarbell
Creighton Univ. (2): Fabian Herbers, Timo Pitter
Duke Univ. (1): Zach Mathers
Florida Gulf Coast Univ. (1): Rodrigo Saravia
George Mason Univ. (1): Taylor Washington
Georgetown Univ. (3): Keegan Rosenberry, Cole Seiler, Joshua Yaro
Lynn Univ. (1): Christopher Hellmann
Univ. of Maryland (2): Tsubasa Endoh, Ivan Magalhaes
Michigan State Univ. (1): Zach Carroll
Univ. of North Carolina (3): Jonathan Campbell, Omar Holness, Jordan McCrary
Univ. of North Carolina at Charlotte (1): Kyle Parker
Univ. of North Florida (1): Alex Morrell
Univ. of Notre Dame (2): Patrick Hodan, Max Lachowecki
Princeton Univ. (1): Thomas Sanner
Robert Morris Univ. (1): Neco Brett
Univ. of San Diego (1): Keegan Smith
Southern Illinois Univ. Edwardsville (1): Justin Bilyeu
Stanford Univ. (2): Eric Verso, Brandon Vincent
Syracuse Univ. (2): Julian Buescher, Ben Polk
Virginia Commonwealth Univ. (1): Dennis Castillo
Wake Forest Univ. (2): Michael Gamble, Jack Harrison
Univ. of Washington (1): Ryan Herman
Wheaton College (1): Marshall Hollingsworth