MLS SuperDraft: Clemson's Robbie Robinson goes No. 1

Inter Miami took Clemson forward Robbie Robinson with the No. 1 pick in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft.

Robinson became the first player from Clemson and just fourth MAC Hermann Trophy winner to be selected with the top pick. Inter Miami founding owner David Beckham did the honors of letting Robinson know of his selection via Skype.

Robinson was tied for the Division I lead with 18 goals and led the nation with 41 points for the Tigers, who reached the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals.

Inter Miami also had the No. 3 pick and took right back Dylan Nealis, a senior from national champion Georgetown.

It also acquired the rights to former Columbia goalkeeper Dylan Castanheira taken at the end of the 2019 SuperDraft after he signed with the USL Championship's Atlanta United 2.

“Robbie and Dylan Nealis have both had exciting collegiate careers and will bring more offensive and defensive depth to our roster,” said Inter Miami sporting director Paul McDonough. “As for Dylan Castanheira, he’s a promising young player that we look forward to continue watching this season.”

Robinson was selected ahead of Indiana defender Jack Maher, who was picked by Nashville SC with the No. 2 pick. Nashville SC was so confident of his selection GM Mike Jacobs and a bus of Nashville SC fans arrived at Maher’s home in Caseyville, Illinois, to present the news in person.

Nashville SC then traded up to select Wake Forest's Alistair Johnston with the No. 11 pick and Charlotte goalkeeper Elliot Panicco with the No. 13 pick.

1. Inter Miami Robbie Robinson* FW Camden, S.C. Clemson
2. Nashville SC Jack Maher* DF Caseyville, Ill. Indiana
3. Inter Miami Dylan Nealis DF Massapequa, N.Y. Georgetown
4. Vancouver Ryan Raposo* FW Hamilton, Ont., Syracuse
5. Orlando City Daryl Dike* FW  Edmond, Okla. Virginia
6. New England Henry Kessler* DF New York, N.Y. Virginia
7. Columbus Miguel Berry FW Poway, Calif. San Diego
8. Houston Garrett McLaughlin FW Oklahoma City, Okla. SMU
9. Montreal Jeremy Kelly DF  Chapel Hill, N.C. North Carolina
10. NY Red Bulls Patrick Seagrist DF Streamwood, Ill. Marquette
(Chicago traded No. 10 overall selection in 2020 for $100,000 GAM.)
11. Nashville SC Alistair Johnston DF Aurora, Ont.,  Wake Forest
(Colorado traded No. 11 overall selection in 2020 for $75,000 GAM)
12. San Jose Tanner Beason DF Winston-Salem, N.C. Stanford
13. Nashville SC Elliot Panicco GK Huntersville, N.C. Charlotte
(New England traded No. 13 overall selection in 2020 for $50,000, $50,000 conditional GAM)
14. FC Dallas Nkosi Burgess DF Manhattan, N.Y. Seattle
15. NY Red Bulls Cherif Dieye MF Senegal Louisville
16. Portland Aaron Molloy MF Ireland Penn State
17. FC Dallas Cal Jennings FW Roswell, Ga. UCF
18. Minnesota United Noah Billingsley DF New Zealand UC Santa Barbara
19. Toronto FC Nyal Higgins DF Ajax, Ont., Syracuse
20. Real Salt Lake Dayonn Harris FW Milton, Ont, Connecticut
21. D.C. United Simon Lefebvre GK France Temple
(Philadelphia traded No. 21 overall selection in 2020, No. 21 selection in 2020 Allocation Ranking  for No. 17 selection in 2020 Allocation Ranking, potential $50,000 in GAM.)
22. NYCFC Jesús Perez MF Waukegan, Ill. UIC
23. Atlanta United Patrick Nielsen DF Denmark Michigan State
24. LAFC Paulo Pita GK Brazil Marshall
25. Toronto FC Ifunanyachi Achara FW Nigeria Georgetown
26. Chicago Jonathan Jimenez FW Cape Coral, Fla. Pacific
*Generation adidas pick.

27. San Jose Jack Skahan MF Memphis, Tenn. North Carolina
28. Nashville SC Tanner Dieterich MF Nashville, Tenn. Clemson
29. FC Cincinnati Rey Ortiz FW Mexico Portland
30. New England Simon Lekressner DF Bellevue, Wash. California
31. Orlando City Joey DeZart MF Jackson, N.J. Wake Forest
32. Vancouver Daniel Gagliardi GK Plantation, Fla. FIU
33. Toronto FC Malick Mbaye DF Senegal Clemson
34. Houston Luka Prpa MF Wind Lake, Wis. Marquette
35. Seattle Danny Reynolds DF England UNC Wilmington
36. NY Red Bulls Wallis Lapsley GK Seattle, Wash. UC Davis
37. Colorado Robin Afamefuna DF Germany Virginia
38. San Jose Jon Bell DF Silver Spring, Md. UMBC
39. Orlando City Jonathan Dean DF Macon, Ga. Central Florida
40. FC Dallas Manuel Ferriol MF Spain James Madison
41. NY Red Bulls Deri Corfe FW England Wright State
42. D.C. United Josh Fawole FW Columbia, Md. Loyola Maryland
43. New England Keegan Meyer GK Silver Spring, Md. High Point
44. Orlando City Austin Aviza GK Medway, Mass. Providence
45. LA Galaxy Tom Smart DF England Akron
46. Real Salt Lake Michael Wetungu DF Rochester Hills, Mich. Michigan State
47. Columbus Remi Prieur GK San Ramon, Calif. Saint Mary’s
48. NYCFC Felicien Dumas DF France Notre Dame
49. Columbus Danny Griffin MF Wethersfield, Conn. Providence
50. LAFC Jack Hallahan FW England Michigan
51. Toronto FC Simon Waever DF Denmark Indiana
52. Seattle Timo Mehlich MF Germany UNLV

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