How can I watch?
Fans can watch the 2020 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas will take place on Thursday, January 9, at 10:30 AM MT. Rounds one and two will be streamed by MLS and ESPN. The show will be broadcast live on Twitter, with a Twitter Event Card that includes real-time draftee reactions, live look-ins on club draft rooms, player features and highlights. Additionally, fans can tune in to the show on the ESPN App, YouTube and Facebook. Rounds three and four will be held via a conference call on January 13 and will not be streamed. CLICK HERE to follow along.
What picks do the Rapids have?
In the first round, the Rapids have the 11th overall pick and that is followed in the second round with the 37th overall pick after acquiring the selection via trade with Sporting Kansas City on May 8, 2019. Round three and four will resume on January 13 via a conference call and the Rapids will have the 63rd, 87th and 89th overall picks.
The Rapids pretty much won the draft last year, right?
That is correct. The Rapids traded up to select 2019 AT&T MLS Rookie of the Year Andre Shinyashiki with the fifth overall pick n the 2019 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas. Shinyashiki finished his rookie year with 31 appearances, 18 from the start, scored seven goals and added three assists. The São Paulo, Brazil, native proved to be an impact player with over half of his goals ultimately being game-winning or game-equalizing goals. The Rapids compiled an unbeaten 6-0-3 record in regular season matches when he recorded either a goal or an assist. The Rapids also selected Marcello Borges and Jacob Hauser-Ramsey in rounds 28th and 42nd respectively. Both promising prospects attended preseason with the Rapids in 2019 but were not offered MLS contracts but contributed to USL sides in their first year out of college.