Two area players were chosen in the MLS Draft today. Aedan Stanley was chosen by Austin FC with the 21st pick (first round). After starting and playing every minute for the Portland Timber II squad in the USL Championship last Summer, the team moved to USL League One and Stanley signed with Sporting KC II last week. Austin FC now own his MLS Playing Rights and we’ll see what results. For Logan Panchot, he has earned his Bachelor’s degree from Stanford a semester early and made it known he would not be playing Spring soccer with the program but was prepared to begin his professional career. That opportunity moved a step closer when he was chosen by DC United as the 32nd pick (second round) in the draft today. Aedan Stanley Logan Panchot Chosen in MLS Draft
Prior to signing his first professional contract with Timbers 2, Stanley spent two years competing in the collegiate ranks with perennial NCAA powerhouse Duke University. He made 37 appearances across his freshman and sophomore seasons, tallying three assists while earning All-ACC Academic Team honors in each season, as well as a spot on the All-ACC Freshman Team. He transitioned to center back with Duke. Check out his Bio
Born and raised in Columbia, Illinois – a suburb of St. Louis – Stanley was developed in the Saint Louis FC Academy. Stanley earned Central Conference Best XI honors four years in succession: U-15/16s Best XI in 2015 and 2016, U-17/18s Best XI in 2017 and U-18/19s Best XI in 2018. Stanley also earned United Soccer Coaches All-America honors in 2016 and 2017. He signed an Academy contract with Saint Louis FC of the USL Championship in 2016 as a 16-year-old and made his professional debut in a 2-2 draw against OKC Energy FC on Sept. 24, 2016. Stanley appeared in a total of 20 games for the club over a three-year period from 2016-2018 before joining the Duke Blue Devils.
On the international stage, Stanley represented the U.S. extensively at the Under-18 level and was also called up to the U.S. U-20s for a number of training camps and matches in 2017 and 2018. He was not chosen for the U23 camp that is currently underway however and looking to the Olympic Games.
I’ve been tracking Lo_Ponch (his Twitter handle) since he was a seventh grader and in 2017 when he graduated from Lafayette High School I wrote a story on how he stood out as the top player from that graduating class. You can see the interview from his 7th grade year below. Check out his Bio Page
Panchot was an Attacking Midfielder initially, but ultimately moved wide and then back to his current wing back role. He stepped in to the Stanford lineup as a freshman, the only new player on a team that had won the NCAA National Title the previous year. The Cardinal went on to win again in Panchot’s freshman year. He was named a captain as a sophomore and junior. He forgoes his senior season this Spring to begin his professional career.
Like Josh Sargent after him, Logan left St. Louis as a U15 to join the US Residency program where he roomed with Christian Pulisic for the two years, preparing for the 2015 U17 World Cup. Panchot would just miss the cut for that event. He did return to the YNT as a U19.
Looking back to his time with SLSG Academy (he played the final year before the teams combined into STLFC) he was the most impactful player on the pitch for the U18’s. That was most evident in his final Academy game, the derby between Missouri and Illinois. He was involved in all four goals scored by the Missouri side and was as likely to be in the six yard box clearing opportunities for Illinois as he was to be in the attacking end or shrugging off physical challenges anywhere on the pitch.
Discussing his role on the outside, an Academy Coach emphasized the goal of helping him continue his development in a position best suited for a college and future professional career, noting that is more important than winning.
For some insight into his experience at Stanford and how he’s spent his time (hint: traveling for soccer tryouts) check out Senior Spotlight: Logan Panchot from The Stanford Daily last week.
My first interview with Logan, as a 7th Grader, prior to his fourth US Youth National Team Camp (already) and playing for the U15 team already.