The third and fourth rounds of the 2015 Major League Soccer SuperDraft took place Tuesday, with another 20 former Development Academy players taken off the board.
The first pick of the third round and 43rd pick overall was Nomads product Earl Edwards. The former UCLA goalkeeper went to MLS expansion side Orlando City.
Also in the third round, a pair of St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri alumni were chosen by Columbus Crew SC – forward Robert Kristo (55th overall) and goalkeeper Tomas Gomez (60th overall). Other alumni in the third round included the following: Keasel Broome (FC DELCO; No. 46 to San Jose Earthquakes), Taylor Hunter (Real Colorado; No. 49 to Houston Dynamo), Aaron Simmons (Dallas Texans; No. 51 to Philadelphia Union), James Rogers (Colorado Rapids; No. 53 to Sporting Kansas City), Spencer Richey (Crossfire Premier; No. 61 to Vancouver Whitecaps FC) and Daniel Keller (Indiana Fire; No. 62 to LA Galaxy).
In the fourth round, 11 of the 22 selections were Academy alumni, leading off the round with Orlando City’s selection of former Match Fit forward Sidney Rivera with the 63rd overall pick. The fourth round included the following alumni: Raymond Lee (Sporting Kansas City; No. 71 to Philadelphia Union), Craig Nitti (Real So Cal; No. 72 to Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Tony Rocha (Texans SC Houston; No. 73 to Sporting Kansas City), Charlie Lyon (Chicago Fire; No. 75 to Seattle Sounders FC), Matt Jeffrey (Players Development Academy; No. 78 to Colorado Rapids), Tyler Engel (Chicago Magic PSG and Chicago Fire; No. 81 to Toronto FC), Andrew Wolverton (Concorde Fire; No. 82 to LA Galaxy), Brandon Fricke (Sporting Kansas City; No. 83 to Colorado Rapids) and Seth Casiple (California Development Academy; No. 84 to Portland Timbers.
The first two rounds of the 2015 MLS SuperDraft took place last Thursday, with Lonestar SC product Khiry Shelton earning the No. 2 overall pick by New York City FC. The MLS preseason begins this upcoming weekend.