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Siaj Leads 28 PDL Alums Taken in Third, Fourth Rounds of MLS SuperDraft

01/17/2017, 5:15pm EST
By PDL Staff

Eagles standout selected No. 45 overall by the Colorado Rapids


Photo courtesy of Charlotte Eagles / Jaime Siaj in 2016 PDL season

Headlined by Charlotte Eagles standout Jaime Siaj being selected by the Colorado Rapids with the No. 45 overall selection, 28* players who played in the Premier Development League were chosen in the third and fourth rounds of the 2017 Major League Soccer SuperDraft on Tuesday.

In total, 59 PDL alums – 73 percent of all 2017 selections and nine more than in 2016 – were selected in the four rounds of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft.

“I want to congratulate all 58 PDL alumni taken in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft,” PDL Director Todd Eason said. “Year after year, the Premier Development League has helped high-caliber, college-aged talents develop their game and achieve their professional aspirations, and this year’s draft reaffirms our role as the best platform for players who want to reach the professional level.”

2017 MLS SUPERDRAFT

Third Round

(Overall Pick No. – Name – Position – College – PDL Team – MLS team – PDL Award(s))

45. Jaime Siaj – F – Pfeiffer – Charlotte Eagles – Colorado Rapids
46. Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu – M – Harvard University – Sounders FC U23 – Atlanta United FC
47. Brandt Bronico – M/F – UNC Charlotte – Carolina Dynamo – Chicago Fire
48. Andrew Putna – GK – UIC – Chicago Fire U-23 – Real Salt Lake
49. Connor Maloney – D – Penn State – Reading United AC – Columbus Crew SC
50. Christian Thierjung – M/F – California – Burlingame Dragons FC – San Jose Earthquakes

51. Jorge Gomez Sanchez – M – Temple – Vancouver Whitecaps
52. Robert Moewes – GK – IMG Academy – Duke – Toronto FC
53. Austin Ledbetter – D – SIU-Edwardsville – Des Moines Menace – FC Dallas – 2016 PDL All-Central Conference Team
54. Chris Wingate – M – New Hampshire – Sounders FC U23 – New York City FC

55. Chris Nanco – F – Syracuse – Philadelphia Union
56. Douglas Goodman – M – Georgetown – IMG Academy – Seattle Sounders FC
57. Pass – Real Salt Lake
58. David Grezck – GK – Rutgers – Jersey Express – Sporting Kansas City
59. Dakota Barnathan – D – Virginia Commonwealth – Portland Timbers U-23s – FC Dallas
60. Michael DeGraffenreidt – D – Louisville – Baltimore Bohemians – New York City FC
61. Jordan Scarlett – D – Iona – Lehigh Valley United – New York Red Bulls

62. Wuilito Fernandes – M/F – UMass Lowell – FC Dallas
63. Pass – Montreal Impact
64. Danny Deakin – M – South Carolina – FC London – Orlando City SC
65. Oyvind Alseth – D/M – Syracuse – K-W United FC – Toronto FC – 2015 PDL All-Central Conference Team
66. Jake Stovall – D – Wright State – Cincinnati Dutch Lions – Seattle Sounders FC

Fourth Round

67. Tanner Thompson – M – Indiana – Minnesota United FC
68. Alex Kapp – GK – Creighton – Atlanta United FC
69. Matej Dekovic – D – UNC Charlotte – Chicago Fire
70. Robby Sagel – D – Penn State – Reading United AC – Houston Dynamo
71. Logan Ketterer – GK – Bradley – Ocean City Nor’easters – Columbus Crew SC
72. Auden Schilder – GK – Washington – Washington Crossfire – San Jose Earthquakes
73. Nazeem Bartman – F – South Florida – Michigan Bucks – Vancouver Whitecaps FC

74. Pass – Real Salt Lake
75. Joshua Smith – D – San Francisco – Burlingame Dragons FC – New England Revolution – 2016 PDL All-Western Conference Team
76. Russell Cicerone – M/F – SUNY-Buffalo – Michigan Bucks – Portland Timbers – 2016 PDL All-Central Conference Team/2016 PDL Championship MVP
77. Jack Elliott – D/M – West Virginia – South Florida Surf – Philadelphia Union

78. Pass – D.C. United
79. Pass – Real Salt Lake
80. Romilio Hernandez – M – Louisville – Portland Timbers U-23s – Portland Timbers
81. Pass – LA Galaxy
82. Santi Moar – F – Pfeiffer – Charlotte Eagles – Philadelphia Union – 2016 PDL All-Eastern Conference Team
83. Lars Eckenrode – D – Michigan – Toronto FC
84. Marco Carrizales – M – Furman – FC Dallas
85. Pass – Montreal Impact
86. Peguy Ngatcha – F – Wright State – Boston Rams – Colorado Rapids
87. Juan Pablo Saavedra – D – Virginia Tech – Toronto FC
88. Kyle Bjornethun – D – Seattle – Sounders FC U23 – Seattle Sounders FC

Players in bold had PDL experience.
*This post has been updated to include Peguy Ngatcha as a PDL alum.


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