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January 5, 2011 at 12:03 PM

MLS SuperDraft shrinks down from four rounds to three

superdraft.jpgA couple online reports revealed this news a while ago, but Major League Soccer finally confirmed Wednesday afternoon at the 2011 SuperDraft will shrink down from four rounds to three. The league provided the following reason for the change:

The switch to three rounds was made in conjunction with input received from MLS clubs, coaches and players. A league spokesman explained that the change to the SuperDraft takes into consideration the increasing number of selections in each round, which have nearly doubled with the addition of new expansion clubs in recent years. The 10 picks per round back in 2004 have since given way to this year’s 18 selections in each of the three rounds.

After the SuperDraft on Jan. 13, teams will also be able to select players in a supplemental draft, which returns after a two-year hiatus and will take place via conference call on Jan. 18.

Coverage of the first round of the SuperDraft will be aired on ESPN2 and the rest will be carried on the league website.

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