Already earning time with the U.S. U20 national team, many experts have tabbed Miles Robinson as a center back to watch for future USMNT appearances. He came into his own in 2016 as a sophomore at Syracuse, where he was named to the All-American team and the ACC Defensive Player of the Year. He will be part of the Generation adidas class for the 2017 MLS SuperDraft.
At 6’2”, Robinson has all of the attributes needed to be a standout professional player. He is good in the air, but also strong in possession. He was athletic enough to star for his high school basketball team as a forward. Center backs who can play with the ball at their feet are prioritized in Tata Martino’s system, making him a key target for Atlanta United in this year’s draft.
One thing to watch is that he played in a back three with the Orangemen and there will be an adjustment to a more common four-man backline. During his appearances with the U.S. U20’s, Robinson has seemed to adapt just fine.
Another element to consider with Robinson is his strong mentality. Past coaches have noted his professional approach to the game. He was named to the ACC All-Academic Team and to Syracuse’s Athletic Director’s Honor Roll.
Hailing from Arlington, Massachusetts, Robinson played for the FC Bolts Celtic youth club. He also made six appearances with FC Boston in the PDL in last summer.