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MLS announces new format for 2020 SuperDraft

The next SuperDraft will consist of four rounds, with the first two live-streamed.

The Major League Soccer SuperDraft is getting a makeover.

The 2020 SuperDraft — slated for Jan. 9 at noon ET — will feature a shorter selection process and will be streamed live on Twitter in collaboration with ESPN, which will also broadcast the event on the ESPN App, YouTube, and Facebook. MLS announced the changes Friday.

The SuperDraft will span four rounds, each containing 26 selections. The first two rounds will broadcast via the live stream. Rounds three and four will take place Jan. 13 without cameras.

Clubs will have three minutes to make their picks, which is down from the four-minute limit in place during previous years.

Inter Miami CF owns the first- and third-overall selections in the 2020 SuperDraft, while fellow expansion side Nashville SC has the second-overall pick.

In a prepared statement, MLS called the new Superdraft process “streamlined” and said it would provide “innovative opportunities for fans to engage with media partners ESPN and Twitter.”

The livestream will feature cameras embedded with players and club decision-makers for real-time draftee reactions, live look-ins on club draft rooms and instant engagement from fans on Twitter.

The list of players eligible for the 2020 MLS SuperDraft will be announced Monday, Dec. 30.

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