Major League Soccer is hosting rounds one and two of its annual player draft at the Baltimore Convention Center, starting at 1 p.m. tomorrow—this despite the fact Baltimore, as you almost certainly know, does not have a MLS franchise.
That's a bit surprising, right? It seems unlikely the NBA or NHL will be bringing their drafts here anytime soon—the former has remained in the New York City area for years, and the latter has moved between cities with teams. (As for the two leagues with teams in the city, the NFL traveled to Chicago last year after holding its draft in New York every year since 1965, and MLB has recently taken to hosting at its television network studios in Secaucus, New Jersey.)
But, as Lauren Hayes, director of communications for the MLS, explains, the draft is tied to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America every year. It just so happens the annual convention that brings together coaches, players, and league representatives from various parts of the beautiful game is in town.
The good news for soccer fans—and the league's increasing TV viewership, according to several reports, shows there are more and more of you out there—is the draft is open to the public and free. So take a long lunch break and watch as all 20 teams hope to select their stars of the future.
For more details, including mock drafts and analysis, head here.