KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Sporting Kansas City selected two 22-year-old midfielders on Friday at the MLS SuperDraft 2019 at McCormick Place in Chicago, winning the first round in front of Florida Gulf Coast University's Kamar Marriott (21st overall) and Camden Riley of the Pacific University in the second round (No. 45 total).
The first two rounds of the MLS SuperDraft 2019 presented by Adidas took place on Friday. Sporting KC also holds selections # 69 and # 93 in the third and fourth rounds, respectively, which will be held Monday by conference call.
Marriott, a 6-foot-4 midfielder also capable of playing in central defense, has contributed to 26 shutouts in 64 career appearances for the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles from 2014 to 2018. He has totaled three goals and six assists in four seasons, helping the Florida Gulf Coast compete in two NCAA tournaments, three regular season titles, and two conference tournament championships at the Atlantic Sun Conference.
Originally from Tampa, Florida, Marriott is a product of FC Dallas Academy and was part of the under-17 team at FC Dallas, who finished second at the 2014 US National Junior Championship. Florida, he has also played at South Florida Surf in 2016, the Tampa Bay U-23 Rowdies in 2017 and the U-23 at Seattle Sounders FC last summer.
After leading the Eagles with four assists in 2015, Marriott reached new heights in 2016 as a member of the First All-Atlantic Sun Team and the second team of soccer coaches from the UK. He helped decisive goals and winners of the Atlantic Sun Tournament Championship against Jacksonville before the Gulf Coast of Florida won his first win in the NCAA history tournament against South Florida. Marriott missed the 2017 season due to an injury, but it rebounded as a red senior in 2018, winning the honors of the second Atlantic Sun team.
Riley played 57 of 66 appearances with Pacific for four seasons, recording 19 goals and 10 assists between 2015 and 2018 as the program's top scorer. His university career has been marked by appearances in NCAA tournaments in each of his last three seasons, helping the Tigers to score goals at 38-13-6 over this period. In 2018, as a senior, Riley scored nine goals and five assists and was named star player of the second coaching team of United Soccer, the West Coast Conference's year-round player and semi-finalist of the MAC Hermann Trophy.
Riley grew up in Dallas, Texas, became a regular starter in a 2016 second-year campaign that gave four goals, three assists and culminated in the honors of the Honorable Mention of the West Coast Conference. . He added five goals and two assists the following year. Pacific broke its second straight 13-4-2 record and lost to eventual national champion Stanford in the second round of the NCAA tournament for the second consecutive season. As a junior, Riley was a member of the West Coast Conference's first team and earned the recognition of United Soccer coaches in the Wild West region. He has also been selected by the academic team of the West Coast Conference in his last two seasons.
While he was at Pacific, Riley acquired the experience of the Premier Development League with the Burlingame Dragons FC in 2017 and the Portland Timbers U-23 in 2018. At the youth level, he played for the Dallas Texans at the US Soccer Development Academy and won the honors of the Flower Mound High School District. At the 2018 MLS Combine in Orlando, Florida, Riley scored for Team X in Wednesday's game against Team Nemeziz.