There were some solid-value picks and some scratching their heads in Friday's draft in Chicago.
The MLS SuperDraft 2019 featured some familiar views, such as sending the Chicago Fire recruiting selections for allocation money, but also some new wrinkles, led by the active storage of FC Cincinnati selections. When the dust settled in Friday's event, there were some clear winners and other teams that fell short.
This year's draft focused on the long-term potential instead of immediate help, a reality of the changing landscape of the US talent pool and the constantly improving MLS talent pool. The teams entered the draft this year thinking about who could become start-up options in the future, rather than who could be needed as a starter in 2019.
That makes the qualification of the winners of the day a bit more difficult, but there were some teams that clearly went ahead after the 48 players were taken off the board. Here's a look at the teams that performed best, and the selections we saw as the best and worst in the MLS 2019 draft:
Draft day winners
FC CINCINNATI – Started holding the first overall selection and selecting Frankie Amaya, a 19-year-old central midfielder with impressive technical ability, and one who could participate in the U-20 World Cup. Landing right back from Wake Forest Logan Gdula, the right-hander with the most potential in the draft, made his trade with Philadelphia to make the entire collection of draft picks in the Union a success. Goalkeepers Jimmy Hague and Ben Lundt were two of the best in the group, and the biggest choice for sleep was Tommy McCabe, who fell in the draft after a disappointing performance in the MLS team.
NEW REVOLUTION OF ENGLAND – The Revs could not imagine that both Tajon Buchanan and DeJuan Jones slipped to teams 9 and 11 before the draft began, but that scenario was resolved, giving New England the two best pure aces in the draft. Buchanan was one of the three best talents to see his fall in stocks after a disappointing combination, while Jones was the fastest player in the draft and someone who Brad Friedel will have the opportunity to become a difference maker.
EARTHQUAKES OF SAN JOSE – Selecting Siad Haji with the second overall selection was a fairly easy decision considering his impressive pbading and possession ability, but then the earthquakes reached gold in the second round by selecting Sergio Rivas, a highly technical midfielder considered one of the 10 best talent, which slipped once. it was established that he would count as an international due to his DACA status. The earthquakes also added an athletic end to the Canadian Mamadi Camara at the end of the second round.
NEW YORK RED BULLS – The reigning winners of the MLS Supporters' Shield were not exactly looking for the headlines on draft day, but they did get a good collection of defensive prospects who entered the draft greed, led by UC Davis central defender Roy Boateng and a versatile left-handed specialist Janos Loebe. The right side of Indiana Rece Buckmaster was considered a first-round value by some teams, and 6-foot-4-foot Hofstra defender Sean Nealis is someone they know well, who gives the Red Bulls four players to prepare their system. high pressure, and to strengthen its strong configuration of USL.
MINNESOTA UNIDA – It may have felt weird not to see the Loons getting ahead, but their Dayne St. Clair team could give them their future goalkeeper. By retreating to the left with the qualities to become a starter in Chase Gasper, Adrian Heath's team is on this list, as is the second-round selection of central midfielder Hbadani Dotson.
The best values of choice
AKEEM WARD – D.C. United had to be a love life when he saw that the most pro-ready fullback in the draft fell to the 14th pick. Ward is able to play both on the right and left sides, which makes him an ideal substitute for the injured Do runner. Oniel Fisher.
J.J. William – Few would have considered Williams as the last Adidas player of the Generation remaining on the board, but his slide to Columbus at age 18 could end a blessing in disguise. He will join a coach at Caleb Porter who is good at working with young talents, and will have the opportunity to play immediately, as the main backer of Gyasi Zardes, if he can impress in the preseason.
TUCKER BONE – One of the stars of the MLS team, Bone saw his draft actions go down due to concerns about his commitments to the Air Force, but Bone insists that he should not lose much, not at any time, which makes him in a robbery in the number 20 selection. He is a great pbader and dribbler, and he combines well, which makes him a player who could fit perfectly in the attack of the Sounders.
JACOB HAUSER-RAMSEY – Forced to miss the MLS combination due to injury, Hauser-Ramsey still imagined attracting interest after an impressive performance in the Las Vegas combo. The Rapids scored a first-round talent with the 42nd overall pick.
CAMID RILEY – Sporting Kansas City got a versatile player in Riley, who can play a defensive role in midfield or central defense. Its size and size should give Peter Vermes something to work with, since Riley seems to make a very difficult SKC list.
The worst selection values
DORSEY GRIFFIN – Toronto FC is no stranger to making selections to scratch its head, and Dorsey was widely considered to be the lowest of the Adidas Generation players. When TFC selected him ahead of Buchanan, a Canadian end with more attack quality, he raised some eyebrows. That does not mean that Dorsey has no potential, but taking it sixth in general felt very early, especially considering other options on the board.
SAM JUNQUA – It is estimated that the value of Junqua will increase after an impressive combination of MLS, but the Dynamo that took it when John Nelson was still on the board was a serious scratch of the head. Junqua has the speed and defensive qualities to make Houston look smart, but it's a good bet that the Dynamo could have selected Junqua with the 33rd overall pick.
LUIS BARRAZA – New York City FC exchanged $ 75,000 in allocation money to raise seven spots to select Barraza, a player who is likely to be available in the team that is listed on the NYCFC. It is clear that NYCFC was impressed with the ability to pbad and stop Barraza's shots, but spending the money of the allocation to reach a small goalkeeper seems a strange decision, at least. Of course, if Barraza becomes the second coming of Nick Rimando, then nobody will worry about the allocation of the money spent to get it.
SAM BROWN – Real Salt Lake might have felt encouraged to take a flyer in a long shot because of all the talent he gets from the ranks of the academy, but Brown was absolutely a player who could have been picked up in the second round, as soon as possible .
EMIL NECK – The Los Angeles Galaxy managed to win $ 75,000 in allocation money to down seven places, but selecting Cuello at 19 was a great one. Nobody took it in the first round, and some teams rated it as a third round value.