Sporting Kansas City boosted its defensive depth with its two selections in Tuesday's MLS SuperDraft.
Sporting picked two college seniors: Grand Canyon University defender Esai Easley in the first round at No. 22 overall and University of Maryland defender Brett St. Martin in the second round at No. 50 overall. Sporting passed on its third-round pick at No. 78 overall.
Easley, 21, started 47 of 53 appearances during a four-year college career at Grand Canyon in Phoenix, adding two goals and four assists. Capable of playing as a center back or a right back, he led the Antelopes to three NCAA Tournament appearances and two titles in the Western Athletic Conference — the 2018 conference tournament championship and the 2021 regular-season title.
Easley captained Grand Canyon as a senior and earned multiple accolades as one of the country's best college defenders, including United Soccer Coaches All-Far West Region first team, All-WAC first team and WAC Defensive Player of the Year honors.
St. Martin, 22, enjoyed a successful four-year career at Maryland, where he was crowned a 2018 national champion and helped the Terrapins to four NCAA Tournament appearances. The versatile defender finished his Maryland career as a two-time All-Big Ten selection and two-time team captain as a junior and senior. St. Martin took control of the Terps' right center back position during a breakout second season in 2019 before anchoring the Terps' backline in his final two seasons. The Baltimore area native also contributed as a right back on Maryland's national title team.
St. Martin ended his Maryland tenure with his second season as the team's captain last fall. He started in all 17 matches, notched an assist and helped the Terrapins to eight shutouts, garnering All-Big Ten first team honors.
Photos of Esai Easley and Brett St. Martin courtesy of Major League Soccer.