MLS SuperDraft first round recap: NYCFC gets top pick Harrison

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by RYAN BRISTER

A hectic day at the MLS SuperDraft ended with the top pick overall heading to New York City. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Union were busy, with three of the top six picks.

  1. New York City: Jack Harrison Originally announced as the Chicago Fire’s selection, Harrison was traded minutes later to NYCFC. Harrison, a Freshman, was the youngest player in the draft. He had eight goals and eleven assists, and was named ACC Offensive Player of the Year. NYCFC made a public effort to acquire him as a homegrown player, but managed to get him in the end.
  2. Philadelphia Union: Josh Yaro This pick originally belonged to Colorado, but was traded this morning for allocation money. Yaro comes with a significant bit of hype from Georgetown, though it remains a question whether his best position is at center back or right back.
  3. Philadelphia Union: Keegan Rosenberry Another Georgetown defender goes to the Union. Rosenberry is a right back, and was in the Union’s academy system but didn’t meet the requirements for becoming a homegrown player.
  4. Chicago Fire: Brandon Vincent NYCFC traded this pick away for Harrison. Vincent, a Stanford left back, has already been called in to Jurgen Klinsmann’s January camp for the U.S. national team.
  5. Real Salt Lake: Omar Holness RSL took a player who already has senior-level international experience. Holness is a box-to-box midfielder who was on Jamaica’s squad for the past summer’s Gold Cup.
  6. Philadelphia Union: Fabian Herbers This pick went to Philly in exchange for Andrew Wenger and Cristian Maidana. With their third selection in the top six, the Union acquired a true scorer from Creighton. Herbers had 15 goals in his junior season.
  7. Orlando City SC: Richie Lareya Orlando took a young Canadian with their first round pick. Lareya had 11 goals and 7 assists in his sophomore season at Akron.
  8. San Jose Earthquakes: Andrew Tarbell The first goalkeeper selected in the draft, Tarbell helped Clemson reach the final of the College Cup. He posted eight saves in the semifinal of that tournament.
  9. Toronto FC: Tsubasa Endoh A creative midfielder from the University of Maryland, Endoh was the star of the MLS Combine, greatly raising his draft stock over the past week.
  10. New England Revolution: Jordan McCrary The Revs picked a right back from North Carolina. He suffered an ACL injury during his college career, and so enters the draft as a fifth-year senior.
  11. DC United: Julian Buescher DC traded up to pick Jordan Buescher, a deep-lying midfielder from Syracuse. It was a bit of a surprise that he fell this deep into the draft, and has been suggested as a replacement for Perry Kitchen.
  12. Chicago Fire: Jonathan Campbell Another pick traded away by Colorado Rapids, this time for the top overall allocation spot. Campbell is another defender for the Fire, a senior center back from UNC.
  13. Orlando City SC: Hadji Berry Orlando traded up to get a forward from nearby University of Central Florida. Originally from Guinea, Berry moved to the U.S. at age 13.
  14. Montreal Impact: Kyle Fisher The Impact picked up a center back from College Cup finalists Clemson. Fisher comes with some concerns about his health.
  15. Colorado Rapids: Emmanuel Appiah This pick went from Seattle to Colorado by way of Chicago. Their first pick was used on a defensive midfielder from the University of Cincinnati.
  16. Vancouver Whitecaps: Cole Seiler The third Georgetown defender selected in the first round, Seiler is a center back comfortable with the ball at his feet.
  17. FC Dallas: Ryan Herman The second goalkeeper of the draft, Herman offers depth after the departure of Dan Kennedy.
  18. New York Red Bulls: Justin Bilyeu Likely a pick for RBNY II, the Red Bulls picked a defender from Souther Illinois University at Edwardsville That school produced Matt Polster for last year’s draft.
  19. Columbus Crew SC: Rodrigo Saravia A senior from Florida Golf Coast University, Saravia has been with Guatemala’s youth teams. He’s a defensive midfielder in the Wil Trapp vein.
  20. Portland Timbers: Ben Polk A left winger who took a long road to Syracuse University, Polk could fill in for Rodney Wallace.

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