Red Bulls select Justin Bilyeu in MLS SuperDraft

Bilyeu Red Bulls

by DAVE MARTINEZ

With a need to reinforce their defensive corps, the New York Red Bulls picked up Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville product Justin Bilyeu with the 18th pick in the MLS SuperDraft.

Bilyeu, 21, is a natural left back who also has the size and ability to play at center back. That kind of versatility in two areas of weakness for the Red Bulls makes him an advantageous pick at the tail end of the first round.

Bilyeu featured in 59 games for SIU Edwardsville, starting 52 of those encounters. The St. Louis, Mo. native was named to the NSCAA Third Team All-West Region and the Second Team All-Missouri Valley Conference. He was also named to the Missouri Valley Conference All-Tournament Team after his junior season.

Here is a video of Bilyeu in action:

Justin Bilyeu

  • College: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
  • Position: Defender
  • Height: 6-2
  • Weight: 175
  • Date of Birth: 2/3/94
  • Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.
  • Citizenship: USA