All you need to know about the first two rounds of 2019 MLS SuperDraft in quickie form, complete with BSJ analysis and insight.
Revolution draft Buchanan, Jones in slot Nos. 9 and 11: In a moment of holy moly, two players who some of the pundits out there felt would be the Nos. 1 and 6 overall picks, respectively, fell right into New England’s lap on Friday afternoon. Tajon Buchanan, a Generation Adidas forward out of Syracuse, and DeJuan Jones, a midfielder/forward out of Michigan State, were selected by the Revs at the 9- and 11-slots, respectively. Buchanan scored 12 goals and 6 assists in 33 appearances for the Orangemen, while Jones registered 16/14 in 75 appearances for the Spartans.
“(Buchanan)’s a very athletic player, very skillful, excellent on the ball,” Brad Friedel said during a mid-first round conference call Friday. “He has the ability to take on players 1-on-1, but he also has a good understanding of the game, and he, along with DeJuan, are two that we’re really looking forward to getting them acclimatized and get them developed to the professional game.
“(Jones) is going to be more of an attacking player; he has the skill set to play a few positions along the front, whether that’s on the right, the left, or as a forward, or working with another forward in tandem… we were really pleased they were available.”
The gaffer noted that as of right now, these two will have to earn their spots in the squad from a crowded set of attacking options — much in the same way he operated in 2018.
Revs trade second-round selection for 2020 picks: New England gained an asset pick early in the second round as it traded the 33rd overall pick — the ninth pick in the second — as well as its third- and fourth-round selections in 2020 to DC United in exchange for the Black and Red’s second-round selection in 2020. United then turned around and traded No. 33 overall to Houston for a player to be named, which turned into veteran goalkeeper Chris Seitz. Friday’s deal gives New England two first-round choices in 2020 (its natural choice, as well as Sporting Kansas City’s pick that came to Foxborough in August 2018 for Krisztian Nemeth), and two second-round choices in 2020 (its natural choice, and DC United’s pick).
Amaya takes No. 1 overall slot with FC Cincinnati: UCLA and Generation Adidas midfielder Frankie Amaya was the No. 1 overall pick Friday. Amaya did not participate in the Combine as he was in the US U20 team on Tuesday. He did, however, meet with the FC Cincinnati brass that day. There was a four-minute time out in that pick as FCC president/GM Jeff Berding discussed trade options, reportedly with LAFC, but in the end, Amaya was the pick. He is the first American as the overall No. 1 selection since the Revs picked Andrew Farrell in 2013.
Manchester’s Haji goes No. 2: Virginia Commonwealth/Generation Adidas midfielder Siad Haji went quickly, and he’s headed from Manchester, N.H. to the San Jose Earthquakes. The Quakes come to Foxborough on Saturday, May 11, and there will be a Conga line of cars headed down Route 3 to Interstate 495 South that night.
Gdula, Harvard’s Brown, UConn’s Hauser-Ramsey taken in first two rounds: East Lyme, Conn. native Logan Gdula (defender, Wake Forest) was selected 13th overall by FC Cincinnati, while Harvard University defensive central midfielder Sam Brown went 17th overall to Real Salt Lake; he will more than likely go directly to Real Monarchs in USL. In the second round, University of Connecticut center back Jacob Hauser-Ramsey was selected 42nd overall by the Colorado Rapids.
INTERESTING SUPERDRAFT FACTOID THAT WAS EARLY
As the second round began, I noticed that the No. 33 slot on the descending draft order had DC United’s logo in place of New England’s — and the league hadn’t announced the trade yet. It was only there a few minutes, but they replaced United with the Crayon Crest up until the trade was announced.
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