The Major League Soccer offseason is almost over. The MLS SuperDraft occurs on Friday, the unofficial start to the 2018 season. The draft begins at 11 a.m. ET live from the United Soccer Coaches Convention in Philadelphia.
The draft consists of four rounds with 23 picks in each round. Columbus Crew SC has four picks in the draft: No. 21, No. 32 — acquired from the New England Revolution as part of the Kei Kamara trade in May of 2016 — No. 44 and No. 67.
Friday will feature only the first two rounds, with the final two occurring via conference call on Jan. 21. This means, barring any trades, Crew SC will make three picks on Friday.
If you would like to tune in to the draft, the live stream is below along with all of the details. Massive Report’s Pat Murphy will also provide live updates and analysis, so check back for all the Crew SC-lated draft information.
What: The 2018 MLS SuperDraft.
When: Friday, January 19 at 11 a.m. ET.
Where: United Soccer Coaches Convention in Philadelphia, PA.
- That will conclude our coverage of the draft. We will have plenty more about the draft as the day progresses and throughout the weekend. Stay tuned to Massive Report for Crew SC coverage as preseason is just around the corner.
- Appears this is a move for the future. Columbus will hold on to Rozhansky’s rights. Is a similar player to Trapp so maybe Berhalter knows something down the line...
- CrewSC select midfielder Jake Rozhansky with the 44th overall pick. Interesting because he’s already signed with Maccabi Netanya.
- Dynamo take forward Max Steeves with the 43rd pick. Next up is your Crew SC.
- With the 42nd overall selection, NYCFC select defender A.J. Patterson.
- Minnesota take midfielder Xavier Gomez with the 41st overall selection.
- The Galaxy take midfielder/defender Drew Skundrich at pick No. 40. I saw some projecting him as a first-round pick.
- The Red Bulls make forward Tom Barlow the 39th pick.
- The Fire go with forward Diego Campos at pick No. 28.
- United then take forward Gordon Wild with the 37th pick.
- Atlanta select midfielder Oliver Shannon out of Clemson with pick No. 36. This is a guy who many had in the first round. This is an international and United have a lot of those already.
- The Earthquakes take forward Mohamed Thiaw with the 35th overall pick.
- Dallas selects midfielder Chris Lema with the 34th overall pick. He’s a guy I could have seen in the Crew SC system backing up Wil Trapp.
- RSL select forward Ricky Lopez-Espin from Creighton with the 33rd overall pick.
- Opoku is a player who could see time on the wing, especially if Crew SC loses Meram.
- Crew SC selects forward/midfielder Edward Opoku out of Virginia with the 32nd pick. Another Ghanian on the roster. Opoku is also a Generation Adidas player.
- Interesting. Dallas was not a team I had heard. I’ve also been told Meram would prefer to leave MLS and give a try to another league.
Update: Told there was strong interest from Dallas in Meram, but that nothing's doing... at least for now. We'll see if that changes, but been told talks are on hold.— Sam Stejskal (@samstejskal) January 19, 2018
- The Red Bulls select Akron defender Niko De Vera with the 31st overall pick. #CrewSC on the clock next. Still quality on the board.
- The Earthquakes select forward Danny Musovski with the 30th overall pick.
- Accam to Philly trade is official. It’s $300,000 GAM and $900,000 TAM going to Chicago. That number still seems HUGE to me for the player the Union are getting back.
- FC Dallas takes forward Mauro Cichero for SMU with pick No. 29. A kid from nearby who tore his ACL. Was highly valued before the injury.
- Toronto selects Louisville defender Tim Kubel.
- The Rapids take forward Frantzdy Pierrot with their second pick of the second round.
- If $1 million in GAM/TAM is worthy of Accam, I’m very curious to see what Crew SC can get for Kamara and/or Justin Meram. I rate both of those players more than the former Fire midfielder and I believe Berhalter does as well.
- Vancouver take defender Lucas Stauffer at pick No. 26.
- The Colorado Rapids select forward Alan Winn with the 25th overall selection.
- The second round begin as LAFC select midfielder Pol Calvet Palnellas. He played in the Barcelona youth academy. Another guy Crew SC could have taken.
- According to reports from Paul Tenorio, the Fire have traded David Accam to the Union for more than $1 million in GAM/TAM. That’s a crazy trade!
- That is the first round. One more round to go for today.
- Toronto FC trades the 23rd overall pick to Minnesota for $50,000 in TAM and the 28th overall pick. United then take defender Cater Manely.
- The Sounders take midfielder Alex Roldan with the 22nd pick.
- Crew SC now have four goalkeepers on the roster with starter Zack Steffen, Jon Kempin and Logan Ketterer. Now Lungaard.
- Initial thoughts on the pick. Goalkeepers tend to be guys that stick around, even later in the draft (and this is later in the draft for MLS). With that said, there were a few other players available I would have selected. Alex Roldan, Gordon Wild, Ken Krolicki, Rafael Andrade Santos, Cater Manely, Chris Lema...
- Crew SC selects goalkeeper Ben Lungaard out of Virginia Tech with the 21st overall pick.
- The Houston Dynamo select goalkeeper Michael Nelson from SMU with the 20th pick. Crew SC is next and the Save the Crew chants begin again.
- New York City FC take goalkeeper Jeff Caldwell out of Virginia with the 19th pick. Second GK off the board.
- Sporting take defender Graham Smith with the 18th pick. Another four-year guy and the first player not in attendance at the draft.
- The Vancouver Whitecaps take defender Justin Fiddes out of Washington with the 17th pick in the draft. This is a guy I thought Crew SC might take if he’s still their at there pick. Columbus selects in four picks.
- No trade for the Red Bulls. New York select Brian White, a midfielder out of Duke, with the 16th pick.
- A timeout for the New York Red Bulls. You know what that likely means (trade).
- Minnesota selects defender Wyatt Omsberg out of Dartmouth with the 15th pick. Another four-year guy. Solid pick.
- With the 14th pick of the Atlanta United select forward Jon Gallagher from Notre Dame. I took him with Crew SC’s first pick in the SB Nation mock draft. Not sure where Gallagher fits in with United. They have plenty of talent up top and on the wings.
- Sporting Kansas City select goalkeeper Eric Dick out of Butler with the 13th overall pick. First goalkeeper off the board and rightfully so.
- It’s interesting how many four-year guys are going in this draft. Typically early on there’s a lot of young guys. Could be a product of the Homegrown program.
- The San Jose Earthquakes take midfielder/defender Paul Marie with the 12th overall selection. He will likely be a defender at the MLS level.
- With he 11th pick, Dallas selects midfielder Ema Twumasi. He is another Right to Dream Ghanian.
- Real Salt Lake takes a timeout and then RSL trades the 10th pick to Chicago for $85,000 in GAM. Fire then takes midfielder Mo Adams out of Syracuse. Kid had visa issues and arrived at the combine late.
- New England go with Mark Segbers at the ninth pick. Garber announces his as a forward. I’ve seen him as a winger or defender. A very similar to Bye who the Revs took the pick before. Brad Friedel making some interesting picks. Color me not surprised.
- Bye was mostly a forward in college. Will take time to develop at the MLS level, but did well overlapping in college.
- The Revolution select defender Brandon Bye with the eight-overall pick. Revs have the next pick as well.
- Montreal trade their pick again. The seventh pick goes to Minnesota for $150,000 in TAM who selects Indiana forward Mason Toye.
- The Impact are back on the clock.
- Orlando City SC selects forward Chris Mueller with the sixth pick in the #SuperDraft. He’s out of Wisconsin and was the Big Ten’s Offensive Player of the Year.
- Chicago trades $75,000 in GAM, $100,000 in TAM, the 15th overall pick and a player TBD to United for the fifth pick. The Fire take forward Jon Bakero, the combine’s MVP.
- The Chicago Fire now take a timeout. Leads me (and everyone else) to believe they will be a trade partner with Minnesota.
- Timeout taken by Minnesota United.
- The Montreal Impact trade the fourth-overall pick to FC Dallas for $200,000 for GAM. Dallas selects Michigan forward Francis Atuahene. Atuahene is part of the Right to Dream academy that produced Lalas Abubakar.
- Twitter is reporting fans chanting “Save the Crew” were instructed to stop. Censoring chants is something you normally see at drafts.
- This is an interesting pick. Blackmon was a first-round pick, but I didn’t see any mock drafts projecting him this high. We’ll see how it works out for LA.
- D.C. trades the third-overall pick to LAFC for $100,000 in GAM and $100,000 in TAM. LA selects defender Tristan Blackmon.
- D.C. United is on the clock. It has been reported that they will trade this pick.
- LA selects Stanford defender Tomas Hilliard-Arce. He was considered one of the surest players in this draft at center back. Talk is the Galaxy might still move him.
- Galaxy call a timeout. Trade time?
- Los Angeles Football Club’s first ever pick is defender Joao Moutinho out of Akron. He’s a Generation Adidas player. Galaxy up next.
- I’ve heard talk of Ola Kamara potentially being dealt today. The move would likely be with the LA Galaxy and include some combination of TAM/GAM, Gyasi Zardes and Emmanuel Boateng.
- YouTube live stream is up and running. Expect several minutes of needless talking before picks start.
- The SuperDraft will begin in just under 15 minutes. A reminder, Crew SC has 21, 32, 44 and 67 (the last will be used on Sunday). Gregg Berhalter has stated previously and recently that he doesn’t think there’s much value beyond the top 10 picks. I disagree, but in terms of his time with the club, he’s been correct. We’ll see if he can find a diamond in the rougher (or four) given last year’s contributions from three of the four rookies.