Thursday, January 21, 2021 4:25 PM EST
By TIM BOOTH, AP
The newest MLS franchise went with talented Virginia Tech midfielder Daniel Pereira with the top pick in the league's SuperDraft. The Venezuela-born 20-year-old is the first-ever pick by Austin FC. His selection was the beginning of a run on stars from the ACC at the top of the draft. The top five picks and six of the top seven were from ACC schools. Calvin Harris of Wake Forest went No. 2 to FC Cincinnati and Philip Mayaka of Clemson went No. 3 to Colorado. The only player outside the ACC to be taken in the top seven picks was Washington defender Ethan Bartlow, who went at No. 6 to Houston.