VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC selected centre back Buster Sjöberg from Syracuse University with the 71st overall selection in the third round of the 2023 MLS SuperDraft on Wednesday.
Centre Back Buster Sjöberg
- Made 34 starts and 36 appearances across two seasons with Syracuse University
- 2022 Academic All-District Team, 2021 All-ACC Academic Team
- Helped Syracuse win the NCAA Division I National Championship
- Spent two seasons at Wofford College, started all 26 appearances
Sjöberg, 23, started 17 of his 19 appearances for Syracuse in 2022, helping the side win the NCAA Division I National Championship. The defender received recognition during his time with the Orange by being selected for the 2022 Academic All-District Team as well as the 2021 All-ACC Academic Team.
Prior to joining Syracuse, Sjöberg spent two seasons with Wofford College, starting all 26 of his appearances. In terms of accolades, the native of Uppsala, Sweden was named to the 2020-21 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll, Southern Conference All-Academic Team, All-Southern Conference First Team, 2019-20 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll, 2019 Southern Conference All-Freshman Team and All-Southern Conference Second Team.
Sjöberg has one year of college eligibility remaining.
During his two college stints, Sjöberg played with USL League Two sides One Knoxville SC in 2022 and South Carolina United Bantams, winning the Southern Division with both teams.
In his youth, Sjöberg spent time in his native country with IK Sirius’ U-21 side.
TRANSACTION: On December 21, 2022, Vancouver Whitecaps FC selected defender Buster Sjöberg 71st overall in the 2023 MLS SuperDraft.
Position: Centre back
Weight: 190 pounds
Date of Birth: April 4, 1999 in Uppsala, Sweden
Hometown: Uppsala, Sweden
Status: Unsigned, International
University: Syracuse University (2021-22), Wofford College (2019-21)