Major League Soccer will wrap up the 2019 edition of SuperDraft with the third and fourth rounds starting at 1 p.m. Monday afternoon. As in past years, this will be done by conference call and should not take more than a couple of hours.
Players selected in these rounds may only see time during this summer’s U.S. Open Cup competition instead of league minutes. For example: Revs fourth-round pick Nico Samayoa started as the club’s right center back against Louisville City on June 5 last year, and it was his only playing time in a New England shirt.
While many consider these rounds to be worthless, a team that makes an extended run in The Cup can use these picks to give the usual first-teamers at certain positions a breather for those mid-week clashes. At any rate, clubs are prepared for that inevitability with these picks.
Many Revolution fans — heck, MLS fans as a whole — do not consider the draft to be worth much; Philadelphia traded its entire 2019 draft to Cincinnati, Mike Ditka style, late Wednesday. Their arguments are sound. I won’t argue that. They also argue that with MLS Academies producing more talent, that clubs should concentrate more on developing players there. That is fair.