For the sixth year in a row, a former Nor'easters player gets their name called on draft day; Also, Jimmy Slayton signs with Real Monarchs
For the sixth year in a row, a former Ocean City Nor'easters player had their name called at the Major League Soccer SuperDraft. For the fourth time in those last six years, there was more than one.
The 2019 USL League Two Most Valuable Player Deri Corfe (Wright State / Chester, England) was selected by the New York Red Bulls in the Second Round (41st overall) of the 2020 MLS SuperDraft. Just two picks later, goalkeeper Keegan Meyer (High Point / Silver Spring, MD) was taken by the New England Revolution.
The two players were the 25th and 26th Ocean City alums to be selected in a MLS draft in club history.
Meanwhile, in the immediate aftermath of the SuperDraft, another former Ocean City player signed his first professional contract. Goalkeeper Jimmy Slayton (Hartford / Wethersfield, CT), who played for the Nor'easters during the 2017 and 2018 seasons, signed with the Real Monarchs of the USL Championship.
Corfe made history as not only the Nor'easters' first repeat team MVP (2018, 2019), but the Chester, England native became the third player in club history to win the league MVP award. The former Manchester City youth academy product was also the first player to win the team MVP award and Offensive Player of the Year award in the same season. With 14 goals, Corfe tied the Nor’easters’ single-season record and became just the second player in club history to win the USL League Two scoring title, as he finished tied with Kyle Edwards of Brazos Valley Cavalry FC. Corfe tied the team goalscoring record set by Chevaughn “ Chevy” Walsh back in 2016 when he won the league MVP award. However, Corfe scored his 14 goals in two fewer games (12) than Walsh.
"I was pretty nervous watching [the draft] and to hear my name was a crazy experience," said Corfe, who finished as Ocean City's third all-time leading scorer (20 goals, six assists) in just two seasons. "I was at home with my family and friends and it felt amazing to see my name chosen. It's been a lot of hard work to get to this point!"
|Deri Corfe of the Ocean City Nor'easters dribbles the ball against the New York Red Bulls Under-23s in a 2019 USL League Two regular season game at Carey Stadium in Ocean City, NJ on June 21, 2019.|
Corfe scored three game-winning goals with the Nor'easters in 2019, added a game-winning assist and created a goal (either by scoring or assisting) in nine of the 12 games he played in. The majority of his goalscoring total came against top competition. Nine of his 14 goals were scored against the top four teams in the Mid-Atlantic Division, headlined by his hat trick on July 7 when the Nor’easters handed division winner Reading United AC, 4-1 in the 50th all-time meeting with their rivals.
For his efforts, Corfe was selected for the USL League Two All-Eastern Conference team (Last year, he was an honorable mention pick for the all-conference team), the USL League Two Team of the Year (The league's Best 11) and the USL-2 MVP.
Corfe becomes the fifth Wright State player to be drafted by a MLS team. After transferring from the University of Rio Grande (Ohio), Corfe scored 10 goals and dished out eight assists for Wright State. This past fall, he scored 13 goals and had eight assists and led the Raiders to a conference championship and their first NCAA tournament win in program history. That win came on the road against Notre Dame and Corfe scored the game-winning goal. Corfe was an All-Horizon League selection both years and an All-Region pick for his senior year.
Corfe is the third Ocean City player taken by the New York Red Bulls. The first was goalkeeper Danny Cepero (Pennsylvania) back in the 2007 MLS Supplemental Draft, followed by Shawn McLaws (Coastal Carolina) in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft.
While Meyer made just two appearances for Ocean City in 2019, he finished his college career as one of the all-time greatest goalkeepers to play at High Point University. Meyer becomes the fifth High Point player to be drafted by a MLS team, and the first to be taken in the SuperDraft. He finished as the school's all-time leader in shutouts (27), and was a three-time All-Big South selection (2017-19) and was a two time All-Region selection by the United Soccer Coaches.
Meyer expressed his gratitude on Twitter, saying: "Thank you New England for the opportunity! Can’t wait to get to work!"
Meyer is the third Ocean City player taken by the New England Revolution. Jeremiah White (Wake Forest), who was the first alum drafted by a MLS team in 2003 (24th overall), followed by Adam Williamson (Lehigh), who was taken by the Revs in the in the 2006 MLS Supplemental Draft.