NEW YORK (December 16, 2020) – Major League Soccer today announced details on the upcoming MLS SuperDraft 2021 presented by adidas, which is set for January 21 at 1 p.m. CT. The first round of the virtual player selection event will stream live on MLSsoccer.com, the MLS App, and the league's Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. In addition, fans can follow every pick as it happens with MLSsoccer.com's MLS SuperDraft tracker.
MLS SuperDraft 2021 presented by adidas will consist of three rounds of player selection. 2021 Expansion club Austin FC will have the first overall selection and the opening pick in each round. Clubs will then make their selections in reverse order of the 2020 regular season standings, taking into account postseason performance in the Audi 2020 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.
Following Sunday's acquisition of $125,000 in 2021 General Allocation Money from the Colorado Rapids in exchange for the sixth overall pick in the 2021 MLS SuperDraft, the Fire own the sixth and 20th picks in the second round (33rd and 47th overall) and the sixth pick in the third round (60th overall).
Players eligible for selection in MLS SuperDraft 2021 presented by adidas include college seniors, Generation adidas players, and players that have waived their college eligibility by competing 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 MLS SuperDraft, pre-signed seniors, 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 MLS SuperDraft 2021 presented by adidas are available here. Additional information will be provided in the coming weeks.