Loons select two from NCAA Champion Maryland in 1st round of MLS Draft

Minnesota United's 2019 first round draft picks Dayne St Clair and Chase Gasper Photo: University of Maryland Sports Information
Minnesota United's 2019 first round draft picks Dayne St Clair and Chase Gasper

January 11, 2019 05:19 PM

A new pipeline has apparently set up running between College Park, Maryland and Allianz Field as Minnesota United drafted two former University of Maryland Terrapins - goalie Dayne St. Clair and defender Chase Gasper - in the first round of the 2019 MLS Super Draft.

The draftees come a day after the Loons added Cuban midfielder, longtime Seattle Sounders captain, and six-time MLS All-Star Osvaldo Alonso off waivers.

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According to the team, their two draftees were roommates at Maryland this past year.

St.Clair grew up in Pickering, Ontario and is a member of the Canadian National Junior team.

“The first thing that jumps out at you is his sheer athleticism,” Head Coach Adrian Heath said in a release from the team. “He’s young for a goalkeeper — 22 — but he’s got everything. The people we spoke to believe he has unbelievable potential and at this moment, that’s what it is... This kid’s got huge upside.”

At Maryland, he was a redshirt junior who signed a "Generation Adidas" contract with Major League Soccer prior to the draft.  That means his salary does not count against Minnesota United's salary cap. United selected him with the seventh overall pick in the draft.

He concluded his college career not allowing a goal the final 500 minutes of the season, culminating in the National Championship victory.

Gasper, also a redshirt junior, is from suburban Washington, DC. He attended UCLA for this first three collegiate seasons before transferring to Maryland to be closer to his ailing father.

The Loons acquired a second pick in the first round by sending $50,000 in General Allocation Money to Chicago in exchange for the 15th overall pick they used to select Gasper.

“The biggest thing for Chase is that we thought he was the most ready to go and play first-team football in the Draft,” Heath said in the release from the team. “This is one of the areas where we are a bit light. The people at Maryland, they couldn’t speak highly enough about him, his character. I think he’s going to come in and compete straightaway for a starting spot. He’s big, he’s strong, very good marker.”

In the second round, United selected Oregon State midfielder Hassani Dotson.

The Loons have two more selections in the fourth round of the draft, which takes place Monday.

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