Maryland men’s soccer forward Kimani Stewart-Baynes was selected No. 4 overall by the Colorado Rapids in Tuesday’s MLS SuperDraft.
The moment for KSB!— Maryland Men’s Soccer (@MarylandMSoccer) December 19, 2023
All love for our guy ❤️ pic.twitter.com/LCmeDH0jwn
A Terp has been selected in the top five of three straight drafts. Last season, Joshua Bolma was taken by the New England Revolution with the fourth pick, and the year before Ben Bender was Charlotte FC’s first overall selection.
Stewart-Baynes made an immediate impact in his one season with Maryland, being named Big Ten Freshman of the Year after scoring three goals and adding a team-best seven assists. Earlier this month, he participated in the MLS College Showcase, an NCAA-sanctioned scouting event featuring 44 of the top college players.
“Kimani has all the tools he needs to succeed in the professional ranks and fans in Colorado will love his incredible speed, creativity and nose for goal,” Terps head coach Sasho Cirovski said in a release. “It is one of our missions at Maryland to put our student-athletes in the position to achieve their dreams and I am delighted to see Kimani live out a dream today.”
Stewart-Baynes is the 56th Maryland player selected in the history of the SuperDraft and the program’s 26th first-round selection.
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