The Syracuse Orange men’s soccer team has done it again. With the fourth overall pick in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft, winger Ryan Raposo was selected by Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
This marks the sixth consecutive season that an Orange player has been taken in the first round, and the fifth player taken in the Top 10 in that same span. Raposo had previously signed a Generation Adidas contract with MLS, making him the Orange’s sixth program alum to sign on with the MLS. (Also an NCAA Record)
Raposo was one of the leading scorers across all of college soccer in 2019, netting 15 goals which ranked 11th overall. Ranked by some as the best overall player on the board, Raposo was always projected to be a top 10 pick because of his flexibility in any attacking role.
Overall, this is yet another feather in the cap of men’s soccer coach Ian McIntyre, who has built a program that constantly churns out MLS talent and has stayed competitive in the best men’s soccer conference in the country.
Congrats to Ryan, and looking forward to seeing him in action with Vancouver.
Another Orange player was drafted in the first round. With the 19th overall pick, Toronto FC used their selection on defender Nyal Higgins. Naturally, Coach Mac had a great response to another Orange draftee headed north of the border.
Congratulations to Nyal Higgins on being selected by @TorontoFC - we are so excited for our big man who is a wonderful pick for TFC. A very bright future ahead for Nyal + we know that @Alex25Bono will keep an eye on him! Good luck Nyal! ⚽️ https://t.co/UhtOEo7i0B— Ian McIntyre (@IanSMcIntyre) January 9, 2020