FC Cincinnati selects U.S. U-20 star Amaya first overall in 2019 MLS SuperDraft | Soccer

The previous USL facet, which can debut in MLS within the upcoming season was making its first-ever choice, and the membership regarded prefer it would possibly transfer out of the primary slot on the final minute earlier than deciding on the U.S. nationwide crew below 20 star. 

Amaya was chosen over the likes of VCU midfielder Siad Haji, who was additionally thought-about to be within the working for the highest slot. 

The 18-year-old Amaya performed his freshman season at UCLA and featured for the USMNT’s U-20s through the 2018 Concacaf Championship.

Amaya began the ultimate, wherein the USA claimed their second title within the match with a 2-Zero victory over Mexico, and is anticipated to be in rivalry for the nation’s Below-20 World Cup squad for the match in Poland this Could. 

The UCLA product grew to become the primary American take with the highest choose since Andrew Farrell​ was taken primary total in 2013. 

Cincinnati additionally personal the 13th choose of the primary spherical, after buying it from the Philadelphia Union in a commerce for allocation cash earlier this week.

Haji grew to become the second choose of the draft, with the midfielder taken by the San Jose Earthquakes. 

The 19-year-old was a standout each in faculty and on the MLS mix. 

With the third choose of the draft Orlando Metropolis went with ahead Santiago Patino of Florida Worldwide College. 

FC Dallas went with Canadian middle again Callum Montgomery​ with the fourth total choose. Montgomery​ performed his faculty soccer at Charlotte. 

The Colorado Rapids stayed near dwelling with the fifth total choose, taking Denver College standout ahead Andre Shinyashiki​. 

2019 MLS SuperDraft first spherical

A premium was positioned on attackers and tempo within the early going, with 4 ahead and two midfielders going within the prime 10 picks. 

The one defenders taken within the prime 10 each went to the identical facet in FC Dallas, whereas only one goalkeeper went within the prime 10. 

Decide Participant Membership Place
1 Frankie Amaya FC Cincinnati Midfield
2 Siad Haji San Jose Earthquakes Midfield
3 Santiago Patino Orlando Metropolis Ahead
4 Callum Montgomery FC Dallas Defender
5 Andre Shinyashiki​ Colorado Rapids Ahead
6 Griffin Dorsey Toronto FC Ahead
7 Dayne St. Clair Minnesota United Goalkeeper
8 Sam Junqua Houston Dynamo Fullback
9 Tajon Buchanan New England Revolution Ahead
10 John Nelson FC Dallas Defender
11 DeJuan Jones New England Revolution Ahead
12 Luis Barraza New York Metropolis FC Goalkeeper
13 Logan Gdula FC Cincinnati Defender
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