On Friday, Jan. 19, with the 27th pick in the 2018 MLS Super Draft the Colorado Rapids selected former Coastal Carolina men’s soccer forward Frantzdy Pierrot.
Pierrot, the 2017 Sun Belt Player of the Year, was allegedly supposed to be selected later in the second round by the Columbus Crew SC. But after an impressive performance at the 2018 MLS Combine, his draft stock rose.
While Pierrot only spent two seasons at Coastal Carolina, he played an instrumental role in guiding the Chanticleers to back-to-back Sun Belt Tournament championships in 2016 and 2017. In his senior season last year, Pierrot scored 10 goals and had four assists.
In the summer before his senior season, Pierrot played for United Soccer League Premier Developmental League (USL PDL) club Reading United AC. In the seven games that Pierrot played in, he scored eight goals and recorded one assist as Reading United would make it to the play-in round of the PDL Playoffs.
Since 2011, Pierrot is the eight Coastal Carolina player to be drafted by an MLS club and with him being the 27th pick in this year’s Super Draft, that makes Pierrot the second highest selection of a Coastal Carolina player.
Pedro Riberio, Coastal Carolina forward from 2010 to 2013, was selected 15th overall in the 2014 MLS Super Draft by Orlando City SC.
Pierrot joins a Colorado Rapids team that struggled for a majority of the 2017 MLS Season, finished 10th in the Western Conference with an abysmal record of 9 wins, 19 losses and eight draws. To add insult to injury, the Rapids scored the least amount of goals in both the Western Conference and the overall Major League Soccer with 31 goals.
Pierrot will look to aid the Rapids in being a playmaker and create chances for his fellow teammates.
The Rapids open their 2018 MLS Season on March 3rd, 2018 against the Chicago Fire.
Congratulations to Frantzdy and best of luck out in Colorado!