Khiry Shelton, a former Development Academy player at Lonestar SC, was selected second overall by New York City FC at the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, which was held Thursday at the NSCAA Convention in Philadelphia.
The 21-year-old forward from Leander, Texas, capped off his senior season at Oregon State and tallied a career-high 10 goals and 12 assists in 2014. He formerly represented the U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team at the 2011 Lisbon International Tournament.
Vardar SC product Fatai Alashe was the No. 4 overall selection by the San Jose Earthquakes. Rounding out the top 10 were No. 6 pick and goalkeeper Alex Bono (Revolution Empire; selected by Toronto FC), No. 8 pick Zach Steinberger (IMG Academy; selected by the Houston Dynamo) and No. 10 pick Connor Hallisey (California Development Academy; selected by Sporting Kansas City). Bono is currently training with the U.S. Men’s National Team at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, California. Additionally, Albertson SC product Tim Parker was selected No. 13 by Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
In the second round, 12 of the 21 picks have Development Academy ties. The top pick of the round (22nd overall) was defender Conor Donovan out of Capital Area RailHawks Academy – CASL. Donovan, who is currently representing the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team at the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Jamaica, went to Orlando City.
The other 11 players with Academy ties in the second round include the following: No. 5 (26 overall) – Joseph Greenspan (Match Fit Academy) to Colorado Rapids; No. 6 (27) – Boyd Okwuonu (FC Dallas Academy) Real Salt Lake; No. 7 (28) – Kingsley Bryce (Dallas Texans) Chicago Fire; No. 8 (29) – Wesley Charpie (Chargers Soccer Club) Toronto FC; No. 9 (30) – Oumar Ballo (Baltimore Bays Chelsea) Houston Dynamo; No. 10 (31) – Dzenan Catic (Crew Soccer Academy Wolves) Philadelphia Union; No. 13 (34) – Kharlton Belmar (Virginia Rush) Portland Timbers; No. 16 (37) – Edwin Rivas (Real So Cal) Toronto FC; No. 18 (39) – Stefano Bonomo (De Anza Force) New York Red Bulls; and No. 21 (42) – Dan Metzger (New York Red Bulls Academy and Players Development Academy) D.C. United.
The 2015 MLS SuperDraft consists of four rounds and 82 selections.