LAFC Prioritize “Football Intelligence” With Intriguing Superdraft Haul
PHILADELPHIA – Major League Soccer is a dramatically different beast today compared to when Bob Bradley led an expansion side into existence 20 years ago. But the fundamentals remain much the same, the veteran coach told reporters after he and LAFC continued to build out their roster with a trio of selections in their first-ever MLS SuperDraft on Friday.
“There are different rules, different mechanisms and all that stuff,” said Bradley, harking back to his talented 1998 Chicago Fire side that remains the only expansion team in league history to win MLS Cup. “But at the simplest level, you’re looking for good players and good guys and trying to challenge them every day and help them understand what a good team is all about.
“No matter whether you’re traveling in South America, traveling in Europe or sitting here watching games, you’re looking for footballers that you think are going to bring something to a team, guys that have football intelligence – guys that, the way they move, the way they do things, is such that when you get them in a better environment, you’re going to really have something.”
Picking Portuguese defender Joao Moutinho with the No. 1 selection, followed by fullback Tristan Blackmon at No. 3 overall and Spanish midfielder Pol Calvet Planellas with the first spot in the second round, LAFC spent two of their three slots on foreign players who will occupy prized international roster slots.