Sporting Kansas City selected two players in the 2021 MLS SuperDraft Thursday, both of them 22-year-old college seniors. Matt Constant a center back from the University of North Carolina was taken with the 50th overall pick and winger Jamil Roberts from Marshall University was selected with the 77th overall pick. Sporting KC passed with the 82nd pick.
Constant played two seasons at the University of New Mexico before transferring to North Carolina. The Dallas native is 6-foot-6 and has been with the United States U-17 Residency and the Canadian U-20’s.
Sporting KC was able to take a good look at Roberts when the Langport, England native was at the College Combine SKC hosted. Before playing for Marshall University, Roberts was in the Plymouth Argyle FC academy.
Both of the draft picks will have a tough challenge ahead of them. No pick outside of the first round has made SKC since 2015 when James Rogers was signed. He was waived midseason.
SKC has a goal of building through their Academy so when they signed three Homegrown players (Brooks Thompson, Grayson Barber and Osvaldo Cisneros) in the same week, it shows where the future of the team is.
Sporting KC II may lose two
Two of Sporting KC II’s recent signings were available in the draft and were also selected. Defender Aedan Stanley was selected 21st overall by Austin FC and forward Preston Judd was selected by the LA Galaxy 35th overall. If the drafting MLS team wants to sign them it is expected it will take precedence over Sporting KC II’s USL contract.