David Beckham's Inter Miami selects Clemson's Robbie Robinson with top pick in MLS SuperDraft

ByJeff Carlisle ESPN logo
Thursday, January 9, 2020

David Beckham's expansion Inter Miami CF selected Clemson forward Robbie Robinson with the first overall pick in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft on Thursday.[br /][br /]Robinson, 21, won this year's MAC Hermann award as the top male collegiate player in the country. The Camden, South Carolina native is a versatile, mobile forward who can play multiple positions.[br /][Ads /][br /]"He's the most talented attacking player in the draft," said one MLS executive prior to the draft. "He's very dynamic in his ability. He can create chances for himself and others."[br /][br /]After suffering through an injury-riddled sophomore season, Robinson scored 18 goals in 2019. Now the challenge will be to crack a Miami lineup that already has South American products Julian Carranza and Designated Player Matias Pellegrini.[br /][br /]Fellow expansion side Nashville SC chose Indiana University defenderJack Maher with the second overall pick before Miami, who had two of the top three selections, took Georgetown defenderDylan Nealis third.[br /][br /]Maher, 20, spent two seasons at Indiana, where he emerged as the top center back in the country and was the Big 10's defensive player of the year. He made a total of 46 appearances with the Hoosiers, scoring four goals. He is a product of St. Louis-based youth club St. Louis Scott Gallagher, the same club that produced current Fulham and U.S. international defender Tim Ream.[br /][br /]Some observers around the league feel Maher still needs to grow into his body and fill out physically in order to cope with MLS forwards, but has the technical ability needed to play in the league.[br /][Ads /][br /]"He's a two-year project, and he has to get stronger," said one MLS coach prior to the draft. "But he's a good, good soccer player."[br /][br /]The 2020 SuperDraft will encompass four rounds and 104 selections. Rounds 3 and 4 will take place beginning on Monday, Jan. 13 via conference call.[br /][br /][br /][br /][h2][/h2][br /][br /][h2][/h2]