Draft Order MLS: 2022 MLS Draft Order Round 1: 1. Charlotte FC: Ben Bender, M, Maryland, 2. FC Cincinnati: Roman Celentano, G, Indiana, 3. F.C. Dallas (from Toronto F.C.): Isaiah Parker, M, Saint Louis, 4. Houston Dynamo F.C.: Thorleifur Ulfarsson, F, Duke, 5. Austin FC: Kipp Keller, M, Saint Louis, 6. F.C. Dallas: Lucas Bartlett, D, St. John's, 7. New York Red Bulls (from Chicago Fire F.C.): Matt Nocita, D, Navy, 8. San Jose Earthquakes: Ousseni Bouda, F, Stanford, 9. Inter Miami CF: Ryan Sailor, D, Washington, 10. Nashville S.C. (from LAFC): Ahmed Longmire, D, UCLA, 11. Chicago Fire F.C. (from CF Montreal): Kendall Burks, D, Washington, 12. Columbus Crew S.C.: Patrick Schulte, G, Saint Louis, 13. San Jose Earthquakes (from D.C. United): Oskar Agren, D, Clemson, 14. FC Cincinnati (from Los Angeles Galaxy): Ian Murphy, D, Duke, 15. CF Montreal (from New York Red Bulls): Jojea Kwizera, M, Utah Valley, 16. Vancouver Whitecaps: Simon Becher, F, Saint Louis, 17. Minnesota United F.C.: Tani Oluwaseyi, F, St. John's, 18. Orlando City S.C.: Jack Lynn, F, Notre Dame, 19. Atlanta United F.C.: Erik Centeno, D, Pacific, 20. New York Red Buls (from Seattle Sounders): O'Vonte Mullings, F, Florida Gulf Coast, 21. Los Angeles Galaxy (from Nashville S.C.): Farai Mutatu, F, Michigan State, 22. Sporting Kansas City: Esai Easley, D, Grand Canyon, 23. Colorado Rapids: Mohamed Omar, M, Notre Dame, 24. New England Revolution: Jacob Jackson, G, Loyola Marymount, 25. Columbus Crew S.C. (from Real Salt Lake): Philip Quinton, D, Notre Dame, 26. Colorado Rapids (from Philadelphia Union): Anthony Markanich, D, Northern Illinois, 27. Portland Timbers: Justin Rasmussen, M, Grand Canyon, 28. F.C. Dallas (from New York City F.C.): Tsiki Ntsabeleng, M, Oregon State















2022 MLS Super Draft Results




Round 1 Picks 1-14



Find out where Ousseni Bouda, Ben Bender, and Kipp Keller got picked.



Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Last Updated: January 11, 2022.


  1. Charlotte FC: Ben Bender, M, Maryland A Grade

    Charlotte FC will join the MLS in 2022 running a 4-3-3 formation with 3 forwards, 3 midfielders, 4 defensemen, and 1 goalie. Charlotte FC already has Jordy Alcivar at central midfielder, Gusman Corujo at center back, Christian Fuchs at left back, Riley McGree at left midfielder, Brandt Bronico at right midfielder, Jo Sobocinski at center back, and Adam Armour at right back.


    Charlotte FC added three more players in the 2021 MLS Expansion Draft getting Austin F.C. right winger McKinzie Gaines, D.C. United left back Joseph Mora, and Atlanta United F.C. center back Anton Walkes. Charlotte FC traded Tristan Blackmon and Ismael Tajouri-Shradi for $875,000 in Allocation Money.


    Charlotte FC traded $150,000 of that $875,000 away in order to acquire two more players. Those two players are Sporting Kansas City right back Jaylin Lindsey and LAFC backup goalie Pablo Sisniega who got traded to Charlotte FC for $50,000 in Allocation money. LAFC got back $50,000 of the $400,000 they traded away when trading for Ismael Tajour-Shradi.


    Charlotte FC also added Vinicius Mello a 19-year Brazilian forward as their central forward at striker. Charlotte FC also added Harrison Afful the starting right back on Columbus Crew's 2020 MLS Cup Team who saw less minutes with the Crew in 2021. Charlotte FC also added central forward Yordy Renya as an additional striker for insurance in case Vinicius Mello isn't ready to make the leap to MLS this year. One move Charlotte FC made a few minutes ago was signing goalie Kristijan Kahlina from Bulgarian champions Ludogorets Razgard. Kristijan Kahlina had 13 shutouts with Lodogoretz Razgard last year and now he will start at goalie with Charlotte FC.


    Charlotte FC now has stability at goalie leaving left winger as the main area to address in the 2022 MLS Super Draft. Charlotte FC has used six of their ten International roster slots and can still take an International player first overall if they don't want to take a Domestic player born in the United States first overall.


    Charlotte FC now has Anton Walkes, Gusmon Corujo, Jo Sobocinski, and Christian Makoun at center back. These four center backs give Charlotte FC quality starters as well as good depth players at center back. Also left midfielder Riley McGree signed elsewhere giving Charlotte four International slots instead of 2 or 3. This means Ousseni Bouda or Ben Bender will go first overall to Charlotte.


    I was going to put Ousseni Bouda here. With F.C. Dallas trading up to 3, I think Ben Bender is now all, but a lock to go first overall. Joseph Potter, the cohost of the Draft Utopia podcast called Ben Bender his favorite player in the 2022 MLS Super Draft on Saturday's podcast.


    The 6-0 165 lb Ben Bender is the perfect player for Charlotte FC to build their franchise around as he would give this team a jack of all trades midfielder with goal scoring instincts, creative flair, and defensive discipline. Ben Bender could end up playing left winger or left midfielder in Charlotte FC with McGree now gone. I'm gonna say Bender ends up at left midfielder allowing them to take a left winger at the top of the second round. Ben Bender had 2 goals as a freshman in the Spring of 2021. Ben Bender had 7 goals, 5 assists, and 19 points in the Fall of 2021.


    Ben Bender can play the 7 at right winger, 8 at central midfielder, 9 at striker, 10 at attacking midfielder, or 11 at left winger with his versatility. He won Big 10 Midfielder of the year this season for a reason as a sophomore. Ben Bender gives FC Cincinnati an attacking midfielder that can also play on the wing. Ben Bender may end up being the face of the franchise for Charlotte FC.


  2. FC Cincinnati: Roman Celentano, G, Indiana A Grade

    The 6-3 200 lb Roman Celentano had 7 shutouts as a freshman in 2019, 9 shutouts in the Spring of 2021, and 11 shutouts in the Fall of 2021 as a junior. Roman Celentano is one goalie who has earned a potential Generation Adidas offer after his shutout win over Pittsburgh in the 2020 College Cup in the Spring where Pittsburgh outshot Indiana while Celentano kept the Hoosiers in that game. His consecutive saves against Northwestern in the 2021 Big Ten Tournament really wowed me as Roman Celentano is a natural 1 at goalie. His goaltending won him Big 10 Goalie of the Year this fall.


    FC Cincinnati wants a goalie to develop for the future. Roman Celentano has the traits to be a special goalie and is my top domestic player int his draft.



  3. F.C. Dallas: Isaiah Parker, F, Saint Louis B Grade

    The 5-8 160 lb Isaiah Parker had 3 goals, 7 assists, and 14 points as a true freshman with the Saint Louis Billikens in the Fall of 2021. Parker has the tools to be an elite winger down the road with the right development. His speed with the ball is ridiculous.


    Isaiah Parker can play the 7 at right winger or the 11 at left winger with his versatility. The 19-year-old Isaiah Parker is the youngest player in the 2022 MLS Super Draft. He would have been the front runner to go first overall in the 2023 MLS Super Draft had he returned to school, but he got an offer to turn pro with Generation Adidas as a true freshman right before St. Louis City SC got their expansion team.


  4. Houston Dynamo F.C.: Thorleifur Ulfarsson, F, Duke C+ Grade

    The 6-1 165 lb Thorleifur Ulfarsson also nicknamed Thor like the Marvel Superhero hails from Iceland. This superhero on Duke's soccer team is known for scoring goals and plays the 9 as a striker playing central forward. He certainly has the skill set to go in the top 5, but teams are questioning his attitude and maturity after he taunted UCLA's goalie when one of his teammates scored a goal. Thor Ulfarsson would be a candidate to go in the top 5 if it wasn't for taunting UCLA's goalie like a supervillan. Houston didn't care about his stunt and realized Thorleifur Ulfarsson was a top 5 talent.


    Thor Ulfarsson enrolled in Duke during the Spring of 2021. He had 4 goals, 1 assist, and 9 points in his true freshman season with his first career goal coming off the bench against Pittsburgh in the Spring of 2021. He started the very next game for Duke and had a hat trick against a Virginia Cavaliers team that was the 2019 College Cup Runner Up to Georgetown. This Fall, Thorleifur Ulfarsson took a major leap going from 4 goals to 15 with his only assist coming against the Pitt Panthers at Uranic Ambrose Field in Pittsburgh. Thorleifur Ulfarsson had 15 goals, 1 assist, and 31 points as a sophomore.


    As much as I disliked Thor's stunt against UCLA, he's probably the one player left in this draft that could be is a sure thing at striker. I'm not sure this is the best fit for Thorleifur Ulfarsson.



  5. Austin FC: Kipp Keller, M, Saint Louis A+ Grade

    The 6-3 185 lb Kipp Keller can play the 4 at center back, the 5 at center back as a sweeper, the 6 at defensive midfielder, or the 8 at central midfielder. He was a central midfielder until the Fall of 2021 at Saint Louis where he transitioned to defensive midfielder. He played center back at the 2021 MLS College Showcase as a defender after helping Saint Louis record 8 shutouts in the Spring of 2021 before helping Saint Louis record 9 shutouts in the Fall of 2021. Kipp Keller is known more for his defense than his offense despite having experience at midfielder.


    Kipp Keller has the dribbling, tackling, size, and physicality that you want in a center back. He lacks the speed to play midfielder at the next level though. Kipp Keller plays smart he's a good defender, but you'd like to see more growth and ability as an enforcer as he develops. Still, he's the consensus best player in this draft according to Travis Clark, Matthew Doyle, and Ives Galcarep who all have him going in the top 2.


    Also, I got the interview with Saint Louis Billikens head coach Kevin Kalish up on Talkshoe. Also, I got the episode up on Anchor so you can listen to it while reading this mock draft. Kevin Kalish described Kipp Keller as a warrior and the guy who puts out the fires on Saint Louis.




  6. F.C. Dallas: Lucas Bartlett, D, St. John's A Grade

    Lucas Bartlett had the talent to go in the top 10. Bartlett is the defender to draft if you want a physical enforcer on your back line.


    The 6-3 200 lb Lucas Bartlett was a three time captain at Drake before transferring to St. John's for the Fall of 2021. St. John's was on pace to beat Clemson before Bartlett left that game fatigued due to dehydration as Bartlett and his teammate Matt Chandler were knocking Clemson forwards and midfielders flat on their asses three months before Clemson won the 2021 College Cup. Lucas Bartlett had 5 goals, 3 assists, 13 points, and helped record 13 shutouts with St. John's as a senior in 2021. Lucas Bartlett has top 10 tape, but he's 24-years-old, older than most players in this draft.



  7. New York Red Bulls: Matt Nocita, D, Navy B Grade

    The 6-8 205 lb Matt Nocita helped Navy record 10 shutouts as a sophomore in 2019. He also was 2021 Co-Defensive Player Of The Year in the Patriot League during the Spring of 2021 as a junior. Matt Nocita had 2 goals and helped Navy record 10 shutouts in the Fall of 2021. Matt Notica is a natural 4 at center back and he can also play the 5 at center back as a sweeper. Matt Notica will not require an International roster slot. He's also the tallest prospect in the 2022 MLS Super Draft which is why this is a good pick for the New York Red Bulls.


  8. San Jose Earthquakes: Ousseni Bouda, F, Stanford A+ Grade

    Ousseni Bouda is the top player on my 2022 MLS Draft Big Board, and he's a slam dunk pick for any MLS team in my opinion. Bouda just seems so cerebral and disciplined physically, mentally, and spiritually. Bouda kind of reminds me of former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning with his presence and the way he carries himself. I think he's got a chance to be special in the MLS. A lot could happen between now and two weeks though.


    The 5-10 170 lb Ousseni Bouda would be a player who could start from day 1 at left winger for San Jose who needs a left winger. There were rumors that San Jose was trying to trade up to 1 to get him, but they got the player they wanted at 8 without having to move up. The Burkina Faso native had to earn everything he's ever received. Bouda received the last roster spot on the Right To Dream Academy for four years in Ghana after being the last player picked by the squad. Bouda drove on a bicycle to a game and when he showed up late, he was upset, crying, the coach allowed Bouda to play against eighteen year olds at the age of ten and was impressed enough with Bouda's potential to let him join the team.


    After four years with the Right To Dream Academy, Ousseni Bouda enrolled at Milbrook High School in New York where he had 156 career goals while setting school records for 7 goals in a single game and 61 goals in a season. Bouda was a two-time team captain at Milbrook winning Gatorade Soccer Player of the Year in 2018 and USA Today Soccer Player of the year in 2019 in his two years as Milbrook's captain which led to Bouda being the top recruit in the entire country. Bouda went to Nike headquarters to tell his story while announcing his committment to Stanford.


    Bouda enrolled in Stanford and had 5 goals, 5 assists, and 15 points as a true freshman on a Stanford squad that made the 2019 College Cup en route to winning PAC 12 Freshman Of The Year in 2019. Ousseni Bouda has the speed, kicking power, kicking accuracy, passing, playmaking, and ball skills to make defenders miss. He checks off all the boxes offensively. His discipline and extremely high soccer IQ speaks for itself. He's clutch too as three of his five goals were game-winning goals for Stanford in his freshman season. He defends well and is just the most complete striker I've seen since Cyle Larin who went first overall back in 2015.


    Bouda can play the 2, 7, 9, 10, or 11 roles with his versatility since Bouda has experience as a striker, attacking midfielder, left winger, right winger, and right back. Bouda's preference is to play the wing on either side at the next level.


    Also, I got the Ousseni Bouda up on Talkshoe. Also, I got the episode up on Anchor so you can listen to it while reading this mock draft.





  9. Inter Miami C.F.: Ryan Sailor, D, Washington C+ Grade

    The 6-4 180 lb Ryan Sailor is a natural 4 at the center back spot. Unlike Charlie Ostrem who started in all four years at Washington, Sailor didn't become a full-time starter on Washington until his junior redshirt season, mainly due to the fact that he had to sit behind Ethan Bartlow and Freddy Kleeman for three years before earning the chance to start in the Spring of 2021 as a junior redshirt. Ryan Sailor had 4 goals in the Spring of 2021 as a junior redshirt. Ryan Sailor had 6 goals, 2 assists, 14 points, and helped Washington record 12 shutouts in the Fall of 2021 as a senior redshirt. Inter Miami C.F. traded their center back, but they filled a need.


  10. Nashville S.C.: Ahmed Longmire, D, UCLA B Grade

    Toronto F.C. gets a center back that is a natural at the 4 here. Ahmed Longmire intercepted the ball 3 times against Stanford this Fall by anticipating shots with his face only to execute headers moments afterwards. Utah Valley's head coach Greg Maas praised Longmire for his stout defensive play as Longmire spent two seasons at Utah Valley prior to transferring to UCLA for his final two seasons with the Bruins.


    The 6-3 190 lb Ahmed Longmire made things extremely difficult for Stanford this year when watching his tape up until the 61st minute against Stanford when he got injured. Ahmed Longmire provides depth for Nashville S.C.


    Longmire can also line up as an extra left back or right back situationally if you want to double team an opponents best player. He's got first round tape if you're willing to look past his history with concussions.



  11. Chicago Fire F.C.: Kendall Burks, D, Washington B Grade

    The 6-2 190 lb Kendall Burks finally got more minutes this season with Washington helping the Washington Huskies record 2 goals, 3 assists, 7 points, and 11 shutouts while playing over 1,900 minutes showcasing incredible drive. Kendall Burks may have second round tape, but he's got first round stamina despite playing the 4 at center back. He's a steal at thsi point in the third round.


  12. Columbus Crew: Patrick Schulte, G, Saint Louis A+ Grade

    Columbus Crew is in the market for a goalie for depth with both goalies in their thirties. Luckily for them, one of the two highly coveted Generation Adidas goalies drops to 12.


    The 6-5 200 lb Patrick Shulte had 8 shutouts as a freshman in 2019, 5 shutouts in the Spring of 2021, and 9 shutouts in the Fall of 2021 as a junior. Patrick Shulte is a natural 1 at goalie. He knows how to use his hands and feet.


    Florian Mague who was part of Culture Soccer described him as a goalie who makes sure to catch his balloons not to release them. You'll have to translate these tweets to English if you want to view them, but @FrenchCollegeSoccer is a must follow on Twitter if you like College Soccer. He did an outstanding job assisting me with the Theo Collomb and Valentin Noel interviews that I posted.


    Patrick Schulte played in the 2020 MLS College All Star Game as well as the 2021 MLS College Showcase. Schulte was part of a Saint Louis team that did not lose a single game in the regular season. Saint Louis got to the elite 8 and fell to Washington falling short of a 2021 College Cup Appearance.


    Patrick Schulte is taller than Roman Celentano. He played more minutes than Celentano. His 0.81 goals against average this Fall was lower than Roman Celentano. Unlike Roman, Patrick Schulte was in my 2021 MLS Mock Draft at one point. None of Patrick Schulte's shutouts came against bigger schools. I like Roman Celentano more, but Florian prefers Schulte. CF Montreal grabs Patrick Schulte with Roman Celentano off the board.



  13. San Jose Earthquakes: Oskar Agren, D, Clemson A+ Grade

    San Jose got my top overall player and my top ranked center back. The San Jose Earthquakes are killing this draft so far.


    Oskar Agren is one of three finalists for the 2021 Hermann Trophy in Men's College Soccer, and the only draft eligible Hermann Trophy Finalist. This makes Agren stand out as one of the top center backs in the 2022 MLS Super Draft.


    The 6-3 180 lb Oskar Agren helped Clemson record 10 shutouts at center back in 2019 as a true freshman starting in all 22 games. Agren helped Clemson win the ACC Championship over the number one ranked Pittsburgh Panthers in the Fall of 2020 . In fact Clemson was the top ranked team in the Spring during the 2020 College Cup which got pushed back to the Spring of 2021 due to Covid-19. Clemson lost to the eventual champion Marshall Thundering Herd in penalty kicks, but you can't fault Agren for that since he started 18 games increasing his career starts to 40.


    Oskar Agren helped Clemson record 10 more shutouts during his junior season at Clemson including a 2-0 shutout over Washington in the 2021 College Cup Championship Game. Agren had 5 goals, 3 assists, and 13 points in addition to helping Clemson record 10 shutouts in the Fall of 2021.


    Oskar Agren started all 23 games for Clemson in the Fall of 2021 giving him 63 career starts at center back in his three year career at Clemson. He can play the 4 at center back or the 5 as a sweeper. He can kick the ball further than last years fourth overall pick Ethan Bartlow while kicking it with accuracy. Since Agren graduated with his degree, he's eligible for the 2022 MLS Super Draft as a senior. Adding Agren would improve the depth of an already stacked San Jose Earthquakes backline drastically.


  14. FC Cincinnati: Ian Murphy, D, Duke B Grade

    FC Cincinnati grabs a right back for depth. Ian Murphy is the selection.


    The 6-2 175 lb Ian Murphy is a four year starter at right back at Duke. Duke Blue Devils defender Ian Murphy has the size to play center back. I even saw him line up at left back on a few plays against Pittsburgh. Unlike most of the defensemen in this draft that have one position, with Murphy I see a versatile defenseman who can play the 2 at right back, the 3 at left back, the 4 at center back, or the 5 at center back as a sweeper. Ian Murphy had 2 assists in the Fall of 2021 and has helped Duke record 8 shutouts.


    You can make an argument that Ian Murphy is the most versatile defenseman in the entire 2022 MLS Super Draft with all the different roles he can play on the back line. The only drawback is that he hasn't scored a goal since his freshman year in 2018. He's a reliable defender and was at the 2021 MLS College Showcase.







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