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Five players from 2022 ACSC team selected in MLS SuperDraft

By Kristy Kepley-Steward, 12/22/22, 3:00PM HST


Photo credit: Tate MacQueen

Photo credit: Tate MacQueen

Selections, made. Blues on top. The 2023 Major League Soccer (MLS) SuperDraft took place Wednesday night, Dec. 21, 2022. Of the more than three dozen players selected from the 2022 USL League Two season, five of those players played for Asheville City - the highest number of players drafted from one club.

“Yesterday evening was a fantastic moment for Asheville City Soccer Club. Five of our players were able to accomplish a huge step forward in their professional aspirations,” said Coach Scott Wells. “Ryan Bilichuk, Bachir Ndaye, Tyler Clegg, Kameron Lacey, and Makel Rasheed were a major part of our success last season, and I am thrilled our club was able to help develop and contribute to the next chapter of their lives. “

Selected Wednesday Night from Asheville City

  • Bachir Ndiaye, midfielder, selected in round 2, pick 18 by Inter Miami CF.  
  • Ryan Bilichuk, goalkeepers, selected in round 2, pick 44 by Portland Timbers.
  • Makel Rasheed, center back, selected in round 3, pick 7 by Nashville SC.
  • Kameron Lacey, forward, selected in round 3, pick 82 by FC Dallas.
  • Tyler Clegg, defender, selected in round 3, pick 85 by Portland Timbers. 

“I feel blessed to receive this opportunity. Thank you to my parents, my friends, my coaches and to Portland for taking a chance on me. Looking forward to what’s to come,” said Blues goalkeeper Ryan Bilichuk. 

“I am so proud to say that I once represented Asheville. Being under Scott Wells helped me massively this past summer and improved my knowledge in the game. I would like to say thank you to the whole Asheville community, the fans, mostly my teammates who made my time there one to remember forever,” said Blues midfielder Bachir Ndiaye. 

Players will join their new squads for preseason in early 2023 with hopes of signing full contracts for next season. 

Asheville City Soccer Club returns for another season this summer. Details to be released soon.