Cyle Larin goes No1 as MLS SuperDraft bumps on despite problems

Many officials acknowledge privately that college players are at a disadvantage starting out. But the draft system will persist for now

MLS officially launched its 20th season with the college SuperDraft in Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon, though even this annual celebration of the future of the league could not resist one last celebration of the player who’s been a huge part of how it got here.

Before the University of Connecticut’s Cyle Larin was drafted as No1 pick by Orlando City, his new team’s time on the clock was announced with some glee by the self-described “big sports fan” Landon Donovan, who had just had the league’s new MVP trophy named in his honor.

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