After selecting Jacori Hayes, Walker Hume & Adonijah Reid in the first two rounds of the MLS Superdraft on Friday in Los Angeles, FC Dallas completed their 2017 MLS Superdraft with four more picks in the 3rd and 4th rounds via conference call on Tuesday afternoon. Here's a rundown of the players drafted:
3rd Round #9 (#53 overall) | Defender Austin Ledbetter | SIU - Edwardsville
Ledbetter was a four-year starter on the backline for the Cougars making 79 appearances in four years. After not finding the back of the net in his first three seasons, Lebetter exploded for six goals in 2016 to tie for the team lead.
Ledbetter was named 2016 Mountain Valley Conference Player of the Year, earning First Team All-Conference honors for a second-straight season.
3rd Round #15 (#59 overall) | Midfielder Dakota Barnathan | Virginia Commonwealth
Barthan joins FC Dallas after a four-year career at Virginia Commonwealth where the New York native made 80 appearances including starting every game for his last three years with the Rams.
Barnathan had nine goals and eight assists with the Rams and was named to the 2017 Virginia SID All-State team.
3rd Round #18 (#5962 overall) | Forward Wuilito Fernandes | UMASS Lowell
Fernandes, 26, was named a NSCAA First Team All-American in 2016 with 11 goals and five assists in 27 games leading UMass Lowell to their first America East Championship in school history. The 6-foot, 180-pound forward was named the America East Striker of the Year and a MAC Hermann Award Semifinalist. A native of Praia, Cape Verde, Fernandes scored 25 goals in 65 total appearances for the River Hawks and is fluent in English, Spanish, Creole and Portuguese.
4rd Round #18 (#84 overall) | Midfielder Marco Carrizales | Furman
This pick may look familiar to many long-time FCD fans as Carrizales was a member of the original FC Dallas Academy class of 2008. Carrizales started next to Kellyn Acosta in the FCD midfield on the 2012 USSDA U-18 National Championship squad before heading to SMU for his college soccer.
Carrizales transferred to Furman before the 2015 season and was a two-year starter for the Paladins earning All-Conference Tournament honors in 2015 on a Paladin team that has won two straight conference tournaments.
FC Dallas is set to open preseason on Monday, January 23rd.