Coastal Carolina

Coastal Carolina soccer star selected 27th overall in the MLS SuperDraft

Coastal Carolina’s Frantzdy Pierrot has been selected in the 2018 Major League Soccer SuperDraft by the Colorado Rapids.
Coastal Carolina’s Frantzdy Pierrot has been selected in the 2018 Major League Soccer SuperDraft by the Colorado Rapids. Randall Hill/For The Sun News

Coming off a senior season in which he was named the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year, Coastal Carolina University’s Frantzdy Pierrot has been selected in the 2018 Major League Soccer (MLS) SuperDraft by the Colorado Rapids.

The Rapids made the Boston, Mass., resident the fourth pick in the second round and the 27th overall pick of the draft.

“I think he has a big upside. I think that’s why he was drafted so high,” Coastal Carolina men’s soccer coach Shaun Docking said. “And he has the right attitude. He’s willing to learn. He’s got a shot.”

The Haitian-born forward is 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds, so he has size and power to go with speed and agility.

“He’s obviously very big, quick, powerful and strong, and that’s the minimum physical requirements you have to have at any level professionally,” Docking said.

He transferred to Coastal from Northeastern University in Boston, and in 35 career matches over two years at CCU he scored 37 points on 15 goals and seven assists, with seven game-winning goals.

He was a three-time all-conference honoree and last summer was named to the Haitian National Team.

Pierott was one of 60 NCAA Division I college players who performed this past week in front of all 23 MLS teams at the 2018 Major League Soccer Adidas Player Combine in Orlando.

He’ll have an opportunity to earn a contract in Colorado’s preseason camp.

“He’s got a good chance. Usually they don’t draft a player in the first or second round and not offer them a contract,” Docking said. “I still think he’s got more learning to do on the tactical side of his game and even the technique. When we got him a couple years ago we worked with him, but I still think he’s got a long way to go. I think if they’re able to work with him, he could become an even better player. I’m excited for his future.”

Pierrot was a big part of a late-season run by Coastal. The Chanticleers went 10-1-1 in their final 12 games to finish 14-7-1 and reach the third round of the NCAA tournament, where they fell to eventual champion Stanford, which has now won three consecutive national titles.

“I thought in the second half of the season for us last year he was really unselfish the way he played,” Docking said. “He was a leader for us up front through an incredible amount of work. He works very hard. He’s a very conscientious guy. He works hard off the ball.”

While the draft took place at the Philadelphia Convention Center, Pierrot stayed with his family and friends in Boston to watch the draft and celebrate when the announcement was made.

“It is just an exciting time for me and my family and we were all together at home sharing in my dream together,” Pierrot told a Coastal Carolina media official. “Colorado is a team that really stood out for me because of the style they play. I am excited they were the team to draft me and to have that confidence in me.

“I am ready now to work hard and help Colorado get to the playoffs. With them adding me to the roster I am extremely motivated right now. Colorado is an up-and-coming team and I am excited to be a part of that.”

The Rapids finished the 2017 season with a 9-19-6 record and were 10th in the Western Conference.

Pierrot is the 10th CCU player drafted in the MLS SuperDraft and the first since Pedro Ribeiro was drafted in 2014 by the Philadelphia Union in the first round as the 15th overall draft choice, according to a CCU media official.

Docking has had five players chosen in the MLS draft in the past seven years. Joseph Ngwenya is CCU’s highest MLS draft pick, going third overall in 2004.

The first two rounds of the SuperDraft were held Friday and the third and fourth rounds will be held via conference call on Sunday.

Alan Blondin: 843-626-0284, @alanblondin