Ryan Raposo playing for Vaughan Azzurri in 2019
The Major League Soccer SuperDraft returns on Tuesday, December 19 at 3pm ET, as North America's top-flight clubs select players from US colleges to join their ranks.
There are nearly 400 players eligible for tomorrow's draft, including several League1 Ontario talents such as Men's Premier Division Young Player of the Year Marcus Caldeira, who was awarded All-Southeast Region status while at West Virginia University.
The MLS SuperDraft follows a hugely successful Canadian Premier League U SPORTS Draft for League1 Canada, with every CPL club picking at least one former L1CA player, and seven of those selected coming from L1ON.
The draft in MLS has seen great successes for L1ON alumni over the years, and below are five exciting selections from the last five years.
Raposo was selected fourth overall in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft by MLS side Vancouver Whitecaps. He made his mark at L1ON Men’s Premier Division club Vaughan Azzurri while attending Syracuse University, and since then he has represented Canada’s U23s. His first professional goal came in a win over Sporting Kansas City in 2022, and he has continued to impress for the Caps, closing in on 100 appearances.
This Canadian full-back, like Raposo, featured in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft. He was selected as the 11th overall pick by Nashville ahead of their debut MLS season, during which he helped them reach the postseason. He also had a brief stint at fellow MLS side CF Montréal, and is now at reigning Scottish Premiership champions Celtic following a promising FIFA World Cup display with Canada 12 months ago.
Former Sigma player Buchanan was selected by New England Revolution in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft, following two years playing college soccer at Syracuse University. He made his debut for the Revs a couple of months after the draft and has gone on to make 49 further appearances. Since then, he has signed for Belgian Pro League side Club Brugge and represented Canada at international tournaments, including the FIFA World Cup, constantly leaving viewers impressed.
Miller was selected as a Round Two pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft by Orlando City, before being selected again in the 2020 MLS Expansion Draft by Austin FC, forming part of a trade deal that saw him join CF Montréal. After a strong 2022 season, he was selected for 2022 MLS All-Star Game alongside fellow L1ON alumni and 2019 draftee Dayne St Clair. David Beckham’s Inter Miami CF is his home now, playing alongside soccer legend Lionel Messi every game, and he has surpassed 100 top-flight appearances.
Johnson was selected in the first round of the 2023 MLS SuperDraft by Vancouver Whitecaps. The forward started his senior career at Master’s FA in the Men’s Premier Division and played for them until 2017, since when he has played for USL League Two sides Treasure Coast Tritons and Portland Timbers U23 (now Capital FC). Since the draft Johnson has played six times for the Caps, and scored six goals in 12 games for Whitecaps FC 2, becoming increasingly someone to watch out for in the future.