Three Nittany Lions heard their names called in the 2023 MLS SuperDraft on Wednesday night.
In back-to-back picks during the second round, Jalen Watson and Liam Butts were selected by Toronto F.C. and the San Jose Earthquakes, respectively.
𝑫 𝒓 𝒂 𝒇 𝒕 𝒆 𝒅 ✔️Jalen Watson is drafted to Toronto FC as the 32nd overall pick!Congratulations Jalen❕ pic.twitter.com/VxPDsDCu3Q— Penn State Men’s Soccer (@PennStateMSOC) December 22, 2022
Watson, a defender, started and played all 16 matches this past season for the blue and white. His performance for the Nittany Lions earned him Big Ten All-Tournament honors.
𝑫 𝒓 𝒂 𝒇 𝒕 𝒆 𝒅 ✔️Liam Butts is drafted to the Earthquakes as the 33rd overall pick! pic.twitter.com/oUHNSsUliz— Penn State Men’s Soccer (@PennStateMSOC) December 22, 2022
Butts, a second-team All-Big Ten honoree as a forward, was tied for the team lead in goals with nine. Five of those scores were game-winners, the most in the conference.
Andrew Privett, a midfielder for Penn State was picked 69th overall by Charlotte F.C.
𝑫 𝒓 𝒂 𝒇 𝒕 𝒆 𝒅 ✔️Andrew Privett is drafted to Charlotte FC as the 69th overall pick! pic.twitter.com/AnDQqnkIjt— Penn State Men’s Soccer (@PennStateMSOC) December 22, 2022
Privett started 11 games at midfield for the Nittany Lions in 2022, totaling two goals and four assists.
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