The MLS SuperDraft 2018 will take place on Friday, Jan. 19 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. You can follow the Major League Soccer Draft live on MLSsoccer.com.
There are four players from the area who are eligible for the draft, listed below. Three of them are former teammates on the SLSG Missouri Academy team that started in the US Soccer Development Academy U15/16 National Final, losing to the New York Red Bulls. Eric McWoods was an All-American at Kirkwood and played with the Lou Fusz Geerling team that won a couple of State titles.
Mark Segbers (Wisconsin/Vianney) was the one player to participate in the just concluded MLS Player Combine and he got his minutes at right back where he impressed. He’s picked in one mock draft as a first round pick.
It’s entirely possible that Segbers could end up going 10 spots higher than this. Teams all over the league need good right backs, and Segbers has the tools to become exactly that. He was very productive in college, a gamer going both ways at the Combine, and tested well across the board in terms of speed, quickness and aerial ability. Plus he comes from a youth system (St. Louis Scott Gallagher) that routinely puts players into the pros.
Segbers likely plays his first year at the USL level, but he’s got a shot at earning MLS minutes right away if he lands with the right club (and yeah, Houston would be the right club).
|Tom Barlow||F||Wisconsin||Chaminade||SLSG MO Academy|
|Jacob Leeker||GK||Memphis||Summit||SLSG MO Academy|
|Eric McWoods||F||UMKC/Xavier||Kirkwood||Lou Fusz Geerling|
|Mark Segbers||F||Wisconsin||Vianney||SLSG MO Academy|
In 2017, Austin Ledbetter (SIUE/CBC/SLSG MO Academy) was drafted in the third round by FC Dallas. He ultimately signed with Saint Louis FC last February where he played in 14 games. The club exercised their option and he returns this season.
In 2016, Justin Bilyeu (SIUE/CBC/SLSG MO Academy) was drafted in the first round by the New York Red Bulls. He Appeared in 3 games with Red Bulls as well as 15 games with NYRBII while on loan. He has since moved to Rio Grande Valley FC Toros where he played in 27 games (26 starts) in 2017.
Emir Alihodžić (Omaha/Melhville/SLSG) was drafted in the third round by the Seattle Sounders. He signed with Signed with Sounders 2 in USL and appeared in 18 games in 2016. He played for Saint Louis FC in 2017.
Connor Sparrow (Creighton/Vianney/SLSG) was drafted in the fourth round by Real Salt Lake. He signed with Real Monarchs SLC in USL and appeared in 2 games with Monarchs. In 2017 he was signed by Real Salt Lake after 18 starts over two years with the Monarchs. He is on the full Real Salt Lake roster this year as Nick Rimando’s back up.
Faik Hajderović (SLU/Evansville/Mehlville/SLSG IL Academy) was drafted in the fourth round by Sporting KC. He ended up signing with NK Lucko in Croatian 2nd division. He is currently on the roster of NK Vinogradar since October 2016.
Major League Soccer list of eligible players
The SuperDraft order can be found here.