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Canadian content was on display at 2019 MLS SuperDraft with three Canadians being the most ever drafted in the top ten.
FC Dallas drafted young Canadian Callum Montgomery with the fourth overall pick. Ajax, ON native and Canada Soccer’s Men’s U-20 National Team goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair was drafted seventh overall to Minnesota United. Brampton, ON native Tajon Buchanan from Mississauga SC went to New England Revolution with the ninth pick. As part of MLS and Canada Soccer’s Homegrown Player initiative, all three players will be eligible to play as domestics league-wide.
St. Clair joined Vaughan SC at 16 years of age and immediately made an impression, working his way up to their League1 Ontario team.
Buchanan also had a stint in League1 Ontario, playing with Sigma FC.
“Canada Soccer continues to work towards providing Canadians with a level playing field to develop as professionals with its Canadian content efforts,” said Canada Soccer General Secretary Peter Montopoli. “We congratulate these young Canadians that are part of the 2019 draft class. We will continue to work to ensure that opportunities to play as domestics in Major League Soccer are possible and to evolve our Canadian content efforts through the Canadian Championship, Canadian Premier League, and in cooperation with Major League Soccer.”
A British Columbia native, Montgomery was developed at the Vancouver Island Wave and joins Brampton, ON native Cyle Larin, and Oakville, ON’s Kyle Bekker as the only Canadians to be drafted in the top five into Major League Soccer.
St. Clair and Buchanan, who developed at Ajax FC and Mississauga SC, respectively, will enter Major League Soccer as Generation adidas Canada athletes.
Kamal Miller, also of Vaughan SC's League1 Ontario squad, finished his final year at Syracuse University before going 2nd Round, 27th overall in the SuperDraft to Orlando City.