Oregon State’s Joe Hafferty selected during 2021 MLS SuperDraft


Oregon State midfielder Joe Hafferty was selected 37th overall by Inter Miami during the 2021 MLS SuperDraft Thursday afternoon becoming the first Beaver drafted since 2019 when both Hassani Dotson (Minnesota United – 31st overall) and Don Tchilao (LA Galaxy – 36th overall) were selected.

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Hafferty was an All-Pac-12 First Team honoree as a junior finishing with three assists, playing on the back line and in the midfield. The Renton, Wash. native was an All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention as a sophomore. 

In his three seasons with Oregon State, Hafferty has appeared in 53 matches, making 50 starts, amassing a total of nine points on two goals and five assists.

Oregon State finished the 2019 season with a record of 8-6-2, marking the first time the program has recorded back-to-back winning seasons since 2002-03. The Beavers will return to action next month, as the Pac-12 has delayed its men’s soccer season to start in February.

Hafferty joins the previously mentioned Dotson and Tchilao, along with Jordan Jones (LAFC – 47th overall – 2018), Timmy Mueller (Portland Timbers – 63rd – 2018), Khiry Shelton (NYCFC – 2nd overall – 2015), Will Seymore (FC Dallas – 56th overall – 2015), Emery Welshman (Toronto FC – 16th overall – 2013), Danny Mwanga (Philadelphia Union – 1st overall – 2010), Robbie Findley (LA Galaxy – 16th overall – 2007), Ryan Johnson (Real Salt Lake – 26th overall – 2006) and Alan Gordon (LA Galaxy – 53rd overall – 2004) as Beavers selected in the draft.


Hafferty grew up playing with the Seattle Sounders Academy.