Three Cardinal seniors had their eyes on professional contracts as MLS SuperDraft 2019 got underway this Friday in Chicago. 22 Cardinals have now been selected in SuperDrafts, while four have been signed on MLS homegrown contracts. Most notably, the New England Revolution signed Louisville Cardinal and Atherton product Andrew Farrell with the 2013 first overall pick. While 2019’s rounds three and four continue Monday, here’s how things have shaped up in the first two rounds.
Adam Wilson – Round 2 – 15th Pick (39th Overall)
With the 39th overall pick, senior midfielder Adam Wilson was selected by Toronto FC. Wilson hails from Auchterarder, Scotland and spent his first two collegiate years at the University of Cincinnati where he picked up 2016 All-Conference and All-American honors before transferring to Louisville. Wilson had two game-winners on his four goals in 2018, and three assists. He’s a product of the Glasgow Ranger’s academy system, and his father played professionally while his brother played college footie at the University of Kentucky.
Tate Schmitt – Homegrown Contract
Senior forward and Phoenix, AZ native Tate Schmitt was tapped by Real Salt Lake for a 2019 homegrown contract. The homegrown concept, introduced in 2008, allows MLS squads to directly option players from their own development academies. Tate played two seasons with RSL’s U17/U18 squad before coming to the University of Louisville. Schmitt’s 26 goals and 17 assists during his four years in Cardinal kits earned him 2017 and 2018 All-ACC as well as 2018 ACC Championship Tournament MVP honors.
Names to Watch
Senior midfielder Geoffrey Dee spent the last couple of weeks in Orlando after having been invited to the MLS Combine. The Tennessee native finished his Cardinal career with five goals and six assists while earning 2018 All-ACC Second Team honors. The MLS SuperDraft will be completed on Monday, January 14th with selections for rounds three and four. Follow the MLS SuperDraft tracker here.