2020 Draft RD1-2 Split

Toronto FC Select Four Players in First Two Rounds of MLS SuperDraft

Toronto FC made four selections in today’s MLS SuperDraft. In the first round, TFC picked defender Nyal Higgins (19th overall) from Syracuse University and forward Ifunanyachi Achara (25th overall) from Georgetown University. Defenders Malick Mbaye (33rd overall) from Clemson University and Simon Waever (51st overall) from Indiana University were selected in the second round.

Higgins, 21, split his college career between Oakland University (2016-2018) and Syracuse University (2019). With Oakland University, Higgins appeared in 49 games and scored four goals in three seasons. Higgins was recognized as All-Horizon League Second Team in 2017 and 2018, and Horizon League-All Freshman Team in 2016. During his senior year with Syracuse University, Higgins made 19 appearances, starting all games in which he played.

Achara, 23, native from Enugu, Nigeria, spent four seasons with Georgetown University. In his last season with the Hoyas, Achara made 15 appearances and registered six goals and five assists and helped lead Georgetown to the NCAA Division I title.

Mbaye, 24, native from Dakar, Senegal, spent three seasons with Clemson University, where he appeared in 49 games. In 2016, Mbaye was named to the All-ACC Freshman Team, TopDrawer Soccer Best XI and earned the team’s Newcomer of the Year award.

Waever, 23, split his collegiate career between University of Evansville (2016-2018) and Indiana University (2019). With Evansville, Waever made 59 appearances and registered two goals and 11 assists over three seasons. During his senior year with Indiana University, Waever appeared in 21 games and registered four assists. He was named All-Big Ten Second Team in 2019.

 

NYAL HIGGINS

Position: Defender

Height: 6’2

Weight:  173

Birthdate: January 19, 1998 (21 years)

Hometown: Ajax, Ontario

Nationality: Canadian

College: Syracuse University

 

IFUNANYACHI ACHARA

Position: Forward

Height: 5’10

Weight:  161

Birthdate: September 28, 1997 (23 years)

Hometown: Enugu, Nigeria

Nationality: Nigerian

College: Georgetown University

 

MALICK MBAYE

Position: Defender

Height: 6’0

Weight:  168

Birthdate: November 24, 1996 (24 years)

Hometown: Dakar, Senegal

Nationality: Senegalese

College: Clemson University

 

SIMON WAEVER

Position: Defender

Height: 5’11

Weight:  155

Birthdate: January 21, 1996 (23 years)

Hometown: Holte, Denmark

Nationality: Danish

College: Indiana University