FC Dallas selects a WAC Defensive Player of the Year, MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist and a CAA Player of the Year; Players will join FC Dallas at start of preseason on Jan. 21
FRISCO, Texas – FC Dallas selected Nkosi Burgess (Seattle University, 14th overall) and Cal Jennings (University of Central Florida, 17th overall) in the first round and Manuel Ferriol (James Madison University, 40th overall) in the second round of the 2020 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas.
"I’m really proud of the staff who do the research and do their homework" said head coach Luchi Gonzalez. "The draft this year required a lot of video that we were connecting with references, college coaches and certain scouts, so I thought the staff were very diligent in those roles. Not that it was easier, but it made the process effective, efficient, and we are very proud of the three draftees we selected."
Burgess, 22, was named 2019 WAC Defensive Player of the Year and selected to the United Soccer Coaches All-Region First Team with Seattle University. He scored one goal and recorded one assist in 20 appearances. He earned 18 starts with Seattle’s backline and helped the Redhawks earn 10 shutouts and the regular season title. Prior to joining Seattle U, Burgess played three seasons with University of Connecticut, appearing in 46 matches, including 17 starts.
Jennings, 22, played four seasons at the University of Central Florida, where he scored 46 goals and recorded 16 assists in 64 appearances for the UCF Knights. Jennings has earned many recognitions within the past two seasons, including 2019 MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist, AAC Offensive Player of the Year, USC All-East Region First Team and USC All-America First Team in 2018 and 2019.
Ferriol, 21, scored 30 goals and recorded 10 assists in four seasons with James Madison University. He played in La Liga team Levante UD’s Academy from 2010 to 2016 before joining the Dukes. Ferriol was named CAA Player of the Year, All-CAA First Team, ECAC Player of the Year and USC All-Atlantic Region First Team in 2019.
The third and fourth rounds of the 2020 MLS SuperDraft will be held via conference call on Monday, January 13. FC Dallas holds No. 66, 79 and 92 overall selections. FC Dallas acquired Inter Miami CF’s natural fourth round pick (No. 79 overall) in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft in exchange for the College Protected List Rights to Dylan Castanheira.
Name: Nkosi Burgess
Drafted: 1st Round, No. 14 Overall
Connect with Nkosi: Twitter | Instagram
DOB: March 23, 1997 (22)
College: Seattle University
Hometown: Manhattan, New York
Name: Cal Jennings
Drafted: 1st Round, No. 17 Overall
Connect with Cal: Twitter | Instagram
DOB: May 17, 1997 (22)
College: University of Central Florida
Hometown: Roswell, Georgia
Name: Manuel Ferriol
Drafted: 2nd Round, No. 40 Overall
Connect with Manuel: Twitter | Instagram
DOB: August 13, 1998 (21)
College: James Madison University
Hometown: Valencia, Spain
Transaction: FC Dallas trades the College Protected List Rights to Dylan Castanheira to Inter Miami CF in exchange for Miami’s natural 2020 MLS SuperDraft fourth round pick.