Sporting Kansas City selected 19-year-old midfielder Mikey Lopez out of the University of North Carolina with the 14th overall selection in the first round of Thursday's 2013 MLS SuperDraft.
"He fits our ideal situation at the moment," Sporting Kansas City manager Peter Vermes said. "We have time that we can bring him along, which is a great thing. I think he has a place where he can grow and develop. We're excited about the pick."
A Generation adidas signing, Lopez has been added to Sporting Kansas City's roster and will occupy an off-budget roster spot.
Generation adidas is a joint program between MLS and adidas that identifies top domestic underclassmen and youth national team players, while providing educational stipends for its professional players.
"It's a great team. I'm glad to be going to Sporting Kansas City," Lopez said.
"I feel like I can do well with this team and fit in, and hopefully break into the lineup quickly. So I'm glad that I got chosen by them and that they feel the same way about me. It's a match made in heaven."
Lopez is an active member of the United States Under-20 Men's National Team and will join Sporting KC teammate Jon Kempin with the U.S. U-20 squad in Puebla, Mexico.
In his two-year collegiate career at North Carolina, Lopez appeared in 46 games with five goals and five assists.
He was named ACC Freshman of the Year in 2011 after helping the Tar Heels secure their second-ever NCAA national championship, and was named an NSCAA All-American this season.