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Where NYCFC stand in the 2023 MLS Superdraft

Last year New York City selected Kevin O’Toole in the second round.

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The 2023 MLS Superdraft kicks off today at 5 pm ET, and while it’s not quite a buckle-up kind of event, the New York City FC faithful should keep an eye on which players the club will select. NYCFC have made some strong choices in the past, and it could very well be that a player selected today could find playing time next season.

Last year, NYCFC selected Kevin O’Toole, Kingsford Adjei, and El Mahdi Youssoufi, then went on to sign O’Toole and Youssoufi. Both featured regularly for NYCFC II, then O’Toole went on the start the final seven competitive games of 2022, and played important roles in the win over Atlas FC in the Campeones Cup, New Jersey Red Bulls in the Hudson River Derby, and Inter Miami in the 2022 MLS Cup Playoffs. You’ll never know what you might find in the more than 360 eligible players who are included in the draft.

Other key NYCFC players selected in the MLS Superdraft include Luis Barraza, Jonathan Lewis, and Khiry Shelton. Not to belabor the point, but Sean Johnson was the 51st overall pick in the 2010 MLS Superdraft.

Because of NYCFC’s strong overall record last year, the club has fairly low picks although they did trade Sporting Kansas City for a higher spot in the third round:

  • Round 1: #26 (#26 overall)
  • Round 2: #26 (#55 overall)
  • Round 3: #8 (#66 overall)

If you want to handicap the top prospects, Travis Clark outlines the best players by position over on MLS.com.

The truth is, NYCFC could use one of everything. The squad is looking thin after losing Anton Tinnerholm to Malmö FF and Nicolás Acevedo to Esporte Clube Bahia, and rumors are circulating that both Maxi Moralez and Santiago Rodríguez might not be back next year.

If you’re a masochist with time to spare, you can watch the hours-long event live on MLSsoccer.com, YouTube, Twitch, or Twitter.