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Whitecaps 2023 MLS Super Draft

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Player movement at the pro level of the game happens only when a team and/or club want to improve their product for the fanbase so as to put a championship team on the playing field.

Locally we are privileged to have the professional MLS Vancouver Whitecaps play at BC Place that has made major steps to grow the sport in the lower mainland.

In growing and having professional soccer in the area it has helped grow the sport for today’s youth who are focused on becoming the next Vancouver Whitecaps pro player.

Over the past few seasons we have been able to watch various star players hit the pitch such as Alphonso Davies who was not only talented but admired by today’s youth.

As the upcoming season nears the Whitecaps had their sights set on the 2023 MLS Superdraft that saw them select four players which was presented by Adidas.

They acquired the fifth overall pick in the first round from Houston Dynamo FC in exchange for the 13th overall pick, $125,000 in 2023 General Allocation Money (GAM) as well as $100,000 in 2024 (GAM) as above. 

Vancouver’s next selection was J.C. Ngando (23) (midfielder) from the U of North Carolina with the fifth overall selection.

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The 29th selection saw the ‘Caps select Canadian forward Levonte Johnson from Syracuse University.

They selected centre back Daniel Nimick (42nd overall) in the second round from Western Michigan University, next selecting centre back Buster Sjöberg in the third round (71st overall) also from Syracuse University.

Attacking Midfielder J.C. Ngando

  • Recorded nine goals, 22 assists in 37 appearances across two seasons with the University of North Carolina Greensboro
  • 2022 South Conference Player of the Year, NCAA Division I All American First Team, All-South Region First Team
  • 2021 South Conference Freshman of the Year, All-Region Third Team, College Soccer News All-Freshman Second Team
  • Spent time with Paris FC II and Amiens SC II prior to his college career

He recorded four goals and a team-leading 14 assists as he started all 23 of his appearances for University of North Carolina Greensboro this past season. 

The attacking midfielder received recognition for his performances by being named the South Conference Player of the Year, while also being selected to both the NCAA Division I All American First Team and All-South Region First Team.

He (Ngando) started 14 of his 15 appearances in 2021 for the Spartans, scoring five goals, eight assists and was named the South Conference Freshman of the Year. 

He was selected to the All-Region Third Team in addition to the College Soccer News All-Freshman Second Team.


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