AUSTIN (KXAN) — With the first pick in its first MLS SuperDraft, Austin FC looked to the ACC to draft Virginia Tech midfielder Daniel Pereira.
“It’s an honor,” Pereira said. “I wasn’t really expecting it. Obviously, there’s a lot of talented players in the draft. It’s just an honor and a moment that I’ll never forget.”
The 20-year Venezuelan played two years with the Hokies before turning pro. He left Blacksburg with six goals and six assists in 26 total appearances. All but one goal and one assist came in his first year on campus, when he was named to the All-ACC freshman team.
“I never thought I’d be a pro,” Pereira said to the Associated Press. “It was my goal, but I just always kept grinding, kept putting the work in and it’s paying off right now.”
He started in every game the Hokies played — 19 his freshman year, and seven in 2020 before the pandemic cut the season short.
The MLS SuperDraft is an annual, three-round draft of eligible college players.
Austin FC had three picks in the first round of the draft this year. Freedy Kleemann, a defender from Washington, was the club’s second pick at No. 11. Austin FC rounded out its first round picks with Aedan Stanley, another defender from Duke, with the 21st overall pick.
Virginia forward Daniel Steedman was the club’s only pick in the second round at No. 28.
In the third round they selected goalkeeper Noah Lawrence from Ohio State.
This brings their roster up to 22 players. Teams can have up to 30 players on the roster, with 18 active players for games.