Austin FC selected Virginia Tech midfielder Daniel Pereira with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 MLS SuperDraft.
Pereira is projected as a box-to-box midfielder who should provide some depth in midfield alongside Alex Ring.
The pick was something of a surprise given that most mock drafts had Clemson midfielder Philip Mayaka going No. 1, but Pereira was the choice for Austin.
\"I wasn\'t really expecting to be No. 1 because of all the mock drafts,\" said Pereira afterwards. \"It\'s an honor. I\'m really happy. My family is crying. It\'s a moment I\'ll never forget.\"