MLS SuperDraft 2019 Grades
Who managed to enjoy some success in Chicago? Below is a snap judgment and grades for each team from the draft.
GRADE: B+ It’s difficult to imagine that Anderson Asiedu can make the MLS team and will probably spend 2019 with Atlanta United 2. He’s a player that has capability to see minutes in the league this season, however, and he is a savvy pick with the final selection in the first round. If the team can get him a green card sooner rather than later, he could be a surprise this season. Amir Bashti is a proven winner and a wide attacker that could provide value with the 48th pick overall.
- Anderson Asiedu (Round 1, #24)
- Amir Bashti (Round 2, #48)
GRADE: C+ The Fire ended up not making a selection on draft day, opting to trade out of the No. 5 spot, and then jettison the No. 15 selection. The additional allocation money is sure to help the team identify talent to bring in, although they left outside backs on the table that could’ve provided a depth piece or a Generation adidas player that offered roster flexibility.
- Traded first-round pick (No. 5 overall) to Colorado for No. 15 overall and $100,000 in General Allocation Money
- Traded first-round pick (No. 15 overall) to Minnesota for $50,000 in General Allocation Money
- Traded second-round pick (No. 32 overall) to RBNY for the rights of a player to be named later
GRADE: A+ It was a strong day for the expansion team, which made headlines by bringing in five picks from the Philadelphia Union and also going out to get LAFC’s first-round pick. Not only did FC Cincinnati recoup some of that allocation in a trade with the Red Bulls, they made their younger roster and deeper. Frankie Amaya has plenty to prove but adds an attacking edge to central midfield. Logan Gdula boosts their right back depth and looks nearly-pro ready. Toss in Tommy McCabe, a young central midfielder that has experience with the U.S. Under-17 national team, and if one of Jimmy Hague or Ben Lundt can slot in at goalkeeper, and it’s a very good day for the new franchise.
- Traded first-round pick (No. 16 overall) and second-round pick (No. 25 overall) to RBNY for $100,000 in General Allocation Money
- Frankie Amaya (Round 1, #1)
- Logan Gdula (Round 1, #13)
- Tommy McCabe (Round 2, #29)
- Jimmy Hague (Round 2, #30)
- Ben Lundt (Round 2, #37)
GRADE: B Adding Andre Shinyashiki brings in a player that the Rapids should know very well, having spent the past four years at Denver. The two defenders they picked in the second round, Marcello Borges (left back) and Jacob Hauser-Ramsey (center back) have talent to make the team and potentially emerge as depth options down the road.
- Traded first-round pick (No. 15 overall) and $100,000 in General Allocation Money to Chicago for No. 5 overall
- Andre Shinyashiki (Round 1, #5)
- Marcello Borges (Round 2, #28)
- Jacob Hauser-Ramsey (Round 2, #42)
Columbus Crew SC
GRADE: B Any time you can get a Generation adidas player at the No. 18 pick overall, especially one with JJ Williams’ frame, it’s not a bad day. The 6-foot-4 striker has work to do, but an interesting skill set to work with that could be a hit for the Crew one day.
- JJ Williams (Round 1, #18)
GRADE: B+ Coming into the draft, it was clear that D.C. could use help at outside back. And while the international market is sure to beckon as an option, selecting Akeem Ward provides a versatile player that looks like he could contribute sooner rather than later. Trading away a second-round pick, as they did for a proven backup like Chris Seitz, was also a shrewd move completed earlier this year.
- Traded 2020 second-round pick to New England for No. 33 overall, 2020 Third-round pick, 2020 Fourth-round pick
- Traded second-round pick (No. 33 overall) to Houston for Chris Seitz
- Akeem Ward (Round 1, #14)
GRADE: A Already possessing a tremendous academy, it wouldn’t have been surprising to see FC Dallas trade away either of their Top 10 picks. They kept both and did a good job netting Callum Montgomery and John Nelson, two of the best defenders available in the draft pool.
- Callum Montgomery (Round 1, #4)
- John Nelson (Round 1, #10)
GRADE: C California defender Sam Junqua showed well at the combine and has potential at a spot that’s always a need for just about every team. It’s likely that he would’ve likely been on the board later in the draft, however. Andrew Samuels is a versatile player that could stick either in central midfielder or provide right back depth.
- Traded Chris Seitz to D.C. United for No. 33 overall
- Sam Junqua (Round 1, #8)
- Andrew Samuels (Round 2, #33)
Los Angeles Football Club
GRADE: B Shipping pick No. 16 to FC Cincinnati to complete a reported agreement for the Expansion Draft, LAFC had to feel good heading into the season. And anytime you can pick an established full international, it’s hard to disagree. Peter-Lee Vassell will need an international slot, but he is a much different talent than most players coming through the college system.
- Peter-Lee Vassell (Round 2, #40)