What you need to know about next week's MLS SuperDraft 2021 presented by adidas

The MLS SuperDraft 2021 presented by adidas is just around the corner as clubs make the final assessments on the class of 2021. This year's event will be held entirely online with all of the first round player selections being streamed live on MLSsoccer.com, the MLS App, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. In addition, fans can follow every pick as it happens with MLSsoccer.com's MLS SuperDraft tracker.

MLS SuperDraft 2021 presented by adidas will consist of three rounds of player selection. MLS Expansion side Austin FC owns the opening pick in each round, clubs will make their selections in reverse order of the 2020 regular season standings, taking into account postseason performance in the Audi 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs. As the SuperDraft is just three rounds instead of four, any club that received a fourth-round pick via trade will have a compensatory pick at the conclusion of the third round.

Philadelphia Union currently owns the No. 19 picks in the second (No. 46 overall) and third (No. 73 overall) rounds. The Union traded its first round selection to Orlando City on July 17 for the homegrown rights to defender Nathan Harriel. 

Players eligible for selection in MLS SuperDraft 2021 presented by adidas include college seniors, Generation adidas players, and players that have waived their college eligibility by signing to play in a domestic professional league. The list of players eligible for selection will be made available in the days leading up to the draft.

Following MLS SuperDraft, Generation adidas players and select additional draftees will join their MLS clubs for the 2021 preseason, while others may continue to compete for their colleges before reporting to their MLS clubs in late May.

The official rules and procedure for MLS SuperDraft 2021 presented by adidas are available here. Additional information will be provided in the coming weeks.

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