Abu Danladi Number One Pick in the MLS SuperDraft
Also selected were Jeremy Ebobisse, Jackson Yueill and Eric Klenofsky
Taking place every January, this year’s MLS SuperDraft (an occasion that sees MLS teams select the best players who have graduated from college, or have otherwise been signed by the league) revealed the number one pick to be UCLA Junior Abu Danladi, who was drafted by Minnesota United. Playing forward, the 21-year-old Ghana native finished his collegiate career with the Bruins with an impressive seven goals in eleven matches, having improved annually throughout his three-years with UCLA.
Also drafted were Jeremy Ebobisse (selected by Portland Timbers) and Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes), who were drafted at numbers four and six respectively, and goalkeeper Eric Klenofsky, at number 34, who was drafted by DC United.
Minnesota United Head Coach Adrian Heath said of the player, “Just huge potential, there were two or three kids that we thought were very good players, but we just feel that the upside on this kid, the sky is the limit for him.”
He continued, “If we think he can do what he can do in the pro game and we think there is a lot of growth still in him as a player and as a person, then we could have a real special talent on our hands. I think the fact that nearly every club in MLS contacted us at some point too, talking about maybe wanting to trade for the pick tells us what everyone else thinks about him as well.”