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Wake Forest’s long history in men’s football is reflected annually in the MLS SuperDraft.
This was the case again on Wednesday as the deacons had three selections in the first 17 picks. Coach Bobby Muuss, who is in his sixth season, has made at least one first-round selection every year since he started.
Calvin Harris, a sophomore who left prematurely after two stellar seasons with the Deacons, was number 2 at Cincinnati FC. Originally from England, Harris was brought in right behind Virginia Tech’s Daniel Pereira, who went to Austin in 1st place.
Deacons defenseman Michael DeShields finished fifth at DC United and Justin McMaster, like Harris, is a talented striker, finished 17th in the first round in Minnesota.
All three helped the deacons at the College Cup 2019 and were also on the team last fall, which won 7-2 overall. DeShields suffered an injury in an exhibition game, however, and didn’t come out on the field for the Deacons in their shortened season.
In the second round also goalkeeper Andrew Pannenberg was drafted, who finished 49th overall after Orlando City.
The four The selection is the largest among Muuss and the fifth time in the history of the program (2005, 2009, 2010 and 2014) that four deacons were selected in one draft.