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2020 MLS Draft Big Board: Version 2.0

Article Written by TopDrawerSoccer
Published: January 8, 2020

The 2020 MLS Draft begins on Thursday.

And while the diminshed value if it is continually referenced, for the teams that are willing to take upon a development project or two, surely a top player or two could be unearthed -- perhaps one even not on this list below.

International players are obviously the big question mark, as it's becoming less and less common for MLS franchises to use an international roster spot on an overseas player that's competed in four seasons of college soccer. That could see players ranked higher on the board slip in the eventual draft.

Changes from the first version to the second include the addition of 30 more players, with all sourced from the draft release released on Tuesday by MLS. Any players not on the list aren't included in the new update, with a few removed from the first version. Also where applicable is a link to each prospect's highlight video.

*-Denotes Generation adidas signee

Rank Name School Video
1 CB Jack Maher* Indiana  
2 CF Daryl Dike* Virginia 2018 Highlights
3 RB Dylan Nealis Georgetown  
4 CF Robbie Robinson* Clemson  
5 CF Cal Jennings UCF  
6 DM Aaron Molloy Penn State Highlights
7 W Ryan Raposo* Syracuse Highlights 
8 CB Henry Kessler* Virginia  
9 LB Tanner Beason Stanford  
10 M/RB Alistair Johnston Wake Forest Highlights
11 CF Garrett McLaughlin SMU  
12 RB Noah Billingsley UC Santa Barbara  
13 CF Miguel Berry San Diego Highlights
14 DM/RB Jeremy Kelly North Carolina  
15 CM Brandon Williamson Duke  
16 AM Manuel Ferriol James Madison 2018 Highlights
17 CB Patrick Nielsen Michigan State 2018 Highlights
18 W Jack Skahan North Carolina Highlights
19 LB/LW Jonathan Jimenez Pacific 2018 Highlights
20 AM Jesus Perez UIC Highlights
21 W Cherif Dieye Louisville Highlights
22 CM/CB Tanner Dieterich Clemson  
23 RW Jack Hallahan Michigan Highlights
24 RB Simon Waever Indiana  
25 F/W Dayonn Harris Connecticut  
26 CF Jorge Gonzalez SIUE Highlights
27 AM Rey Ortiz Portland 2018 Highlights
28 CF Nebojsa Popovic Michigan 2018 Highlights
29 RB Simon Lekressner California  
30 CM Skye Harter Akron Highlights
31 LB Felicien Dumas Notre Dame Highlights
32 CM Derek Waldeck Stanford  
33 AM Bruno Lapa Wake Forest  
34 CF Daniele Proch Duke Highlights
35 CB Nkosi Burgess Seattle Highlights
36 GK Elliot Panicco Charlotte  
37 CF Brian Saramago Loyola (MD) Highlights
38 AM Luka Prpa Marquette  
39 LB Patrick Seagrist Marquette Highlights
40 GK Wallis Lapsley UC Davis Highlights
41 CB Malick Mbaye Clemson  
42 AM Joris Ahlinvi Indiana 2018 Highlights
43 CB Michael Wetungu Michigan State Highlights
44 LB Danny Reynolds UNC Wilmington Highlights
45 CM Andrew Booth Florida International  
46 CF Phillip Goodrum UNC Wilmington Highlights
47 CF Samson Sergi Xavier Highlights
48 GK Keegan Meyer High Point Highlights
49 AM Pablo Pelaez San Diego State Highlights
50 RB Younes Boudadi Creighton 2018 Highlights
51 CB Will Mejia Virginia Tech Highlights
52 W Jaret Townsend Washington Highlights
53 CM Joey DeZart Wake Forest  
54 GK Remi Prieur St. Mary's (CA) Highlights
55 LB Stavros Zarokostas Rhode Island Highlights
56 CF Matthew Bentley Missouri State Highlights
57 CM Luke Haakenson Creighton  
58 DM Jarey Gilbey Stanford  
59 RB/LB Eric Diaz Oregon State Highlights
60 W Achara Georgetown Highlights
61 RB Ryo Shimazaki VCU Highlights
62 CF Jake Rudel St. Mary's (CA) Highlights
63 CB Abdou Samake Michigan  
64 W Jelani Pieters North Carolina  
65 CB Zac McGraw Army Highlights
66 CM Eli Crognale Maryland Highlights
67 LB James Kasak Virginia Tech Highlights
68 CM Danny Griffin Providence Highlights
69 LB Jon Bell UMBC Highlights
70 CF William Baynham UC Santa Barbara Highlights
71 LB Robin Afamefuna Virginia 2018 Highlights
72 W Shak Adams FGCU Highlights
73 CF Niklas Brodacki Central Arkansas Highlights
74 CF Brandon Guhl Butler  
75 GK Andrew Verdi Michigan  
76 D Jonathan Dean UCF  
77 M Antonio Colacci New Hampshire  
78 CB Joergen Oland Fordham  
79 GK Will Smith Lehigh  
80  CF Josh Fawole Loyola (MD) Highlights

The MLS Draft Big Board was constructed in consultation with The Soccer Syndicate, North America's only independent soccer scouting network. 

 
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