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NYCFC select top prospect Malcolm Johnston in 2023 MLS Superdraft

Forwards Braudílio Rodrigues, Matthew Myers picked in second and third rounds.

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Malcolm Johnston is considered one of the best collegiate midfielders in the country.
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New York City FC used their first-round pick in the 2023 MLS Superdraft to select midfielder Malcolm Johnston, the younger brother of Canadian international Alistair Johnston. The 21-year-old Malcolm Johnston is a senior at the University of Maryland, and he is considered one of the top prospects in the country.

Writing for, Analyst Travis Clark gave NYCFC a big, shiny “A” grade for the selection.

NYCFC selected Braudílio Rodrigues, a forward at Franklin Pierce University, in the second round. A native of Portugal who spent time in the youth academies of Benfica, Rodrigues scored 22 goals and notched 20 assists in 26 games this past season in Division II.

New York City selected another forward when they picked Matthew Myers of Rutgers University in the third round. Myers scored 13 goals and notched six assists in 18 games.

You can read the full statement issued by NYCFC here.

Last year, NYCFC selected Kevin O’Toole, Kingsford Adjei, and El Mahdi Youssoufi in the MLS Superdraft, and went on to sign O’Toole and Youssoufi. Both played regularly for NYCFC II, but then late last season O’Toole received a surprise call-up to the Senior Team and went on the start the final seven competitive games of 2022. O’Toole played important roles in the wins 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 can find a complete list of the 2023 MLS Superdraft picks here, along with an analysis of every selection.