NYCFC acquires Jack Harrison in 2016 MLS Draft dominated by trades

NYCFC acquires Jack Harrison in 2016 MLS Draft dominated by trades

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NYCFC acquires Jack Harrison in 2016 MLS Draft dominated by trades

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With the first two rounds of the 2016 MLS Draft in the books, there was a common theme in Baltimore on Thursday: trades aplenty.

After being selected first overall in this year’s draft by the Chicago Fire, Wake Forest midfielder Jack Harrison wound up with the club that wanted him all along, New York City FC. The two sides traded picks, NYCFC owning the fourth pick, and the Fire acquired the selection of Stanford defender Brandon Vincent.

The Philadelphia Union made tons of noise early on, accumulating four of the draft’s first 23 picks. Jim Curtin’s team acquired defenders Joshua Yaro, Keegan Rosenberry and Taylor Washington, as well as Creighton forward Fabian Herbers.

Columbus Crew and the Montreal Impact followed in the footsteps of the Union, capitalizing on four selections each of their own. The Crew most notably added Rodrigo Saravia and Chase Minter, while the Impact brought in defensive help with Clemson defender Kyle Fisher.

While many teams were able to stockpile picks and fill areas of need on Thursday, Sporting Kansas City and the LA Galaxy were shut out of the first and second rounds, although both teams have actively pursued players in other ways this offseason.

Here’s a full rundown of the first and second rounds of the 2016 MLS Draft (* indicates a player on a Generation adidas contract):

FIRST ROUND

1. New York City FC | *Jack Harrison | Midfielder | Wake Forest

2. Philadelphia Union | *Joshua Yaro | Defender | Georgetown

3. Philadelphia Union | Keegan Rosenberry | Defender |  Georgetown

4. Chicago Fire | Brandon Vincent | Defender | Stanford

5. Real Salt Lake | *Omar Holness | Midfielder | North Carolina

6. Philadelphia Union | *Fabian Herbers | Midfielder | Creighton

7. Orlando City SC | *Richmond Laryea | Midfielder | Akron

8. San Jose Earthquakes | *Andrew Tarbell | Goalkeeper | Clemson

9. Toronto FC | Tsubasa Endoh | Midfielder | Maryland

10. New England Revolution | Jordan McCrary | Defender | North Carolina

11. D.C. United | *Julian Buescher | Midfielder | Syracuse

12. Chicago Fire | Jonathan Campbell | Defender | North Carolina

13. Orlando City SC | Hadji Barry | Midfielder | Central Florida

14. Montreal Impact | Kyle Fisher | Defender | Clemson

15. Colorado Rapids | Emmanuel Appiah | Midfielder | Cincinnati

16. Vancouver Whitecaps | Cole Seiler | Defender | Georgetown

17. FC Dallas | Ryan Herman | Goalkeeper | Washington

18. New York Red Bulls | Justin Bilyeu | Defender | Southern Illinois

19. Columbus Crew SC | Rodrigo Saravia | Forward | Florida Gulf Coast

20. Portland Timbers | Ben Polk | Forward | Syracuse

SECOND ROUND

21. Columbus Crew SC | Chase Minter | Midfielder | Cal Poly

22. Chicago Fire | Alex Morrell | Forward | North Florida

23. Philadelphia Union | Taylor Washington | Defender | George Mason

24. Montreal Impact | Michael Salazar | Forward | California, Riverside

25. Real Salt Lake | Max Lachowecki | Defender | Notre Dame

26. Houston Dynamo | Ivan Magalhaes | Defender | Defender | Maryland

27. Seattle Sounders | Tony Alfaro | Defender | Cal State, Dominguez Hills

28. San Jose Earthquakes | Patrick Hodan | Midfielder | Notre Dame

29. Vancouver Whitecaps | Christopher Hellman | Forward | Lynn

30. New England Revolution | Michael Gamble | Forward | Wake Forest

31. Columbus Crew SC | Kyle Parker | Forward | UNC Charlotte

32. D.C. United | Paul Clowes | Goalkeeper | Northwestern

33. FC Dallas | Timo Pitter | Forward | Creighton

34. Montreal Impact | Eric Verso | Midfielder | Stanford

35. Seattle Sounders | Zach Mathers | Midfielder | Duke

36. Vancouver Whitecaps | Thomas Sanner | Forward | Princeton

37. Colorado Rapids | Dennis Castillo | Defender | VCU

38. New York Red Bulls | Zach Carroll | Defender | Michigan State

39. Montreal Impact | Keegan Smith | Forward | San Diego

40. Portland Timbers | Neco Brett | Midfielder | Robert Morris

41. Columbus Crew SC | Marshall Hollingsworth | Midfielder | Wheaton College

TEAM-BY-TEAM SELECTIONS

Chicago Fire (3): Brandon Vincent (4); Jonathan Campbell (12); Alex Morrell (22)

Colorado Rapids (2): Emmanuel Appiah (15); Dennis Castillo (37)

Columbus Crew SC (4): Rodrigo Saravia (19); Chase Minter (21); Kyle Parker (31); Marshall Hollingsworth (41)

D.C. United (2): Julian Buescher (11); Paul Clowes (32)

FC Dallas (2): Ryan Herman (17); Timo Pitter (32)

Houston Dynamo (1): Ivan Magalhaes (26)

LA Galaxy (0)

Montréal Impact (4): Kyle Fisher (14); Michael Salazar (24); Eric Verso (34); Keegan Smith (39)

New England Revolution (2): Jordan McCrary (10); Michael Gamble (30)

New York City FC (1): Jack Harrison (1)

New York Red Bulls (2): Justin Bilyeu (18); Zach Carroll (38)

Orlando City SC (2): Rich Laryea (7); Hadji Barry (13)

Philadelphia Union (4): Joshua Yaro (2); Keegan Rosenberry (3); Fabian Herbers (6); Taylor Washington (23)

Portland Timbers (2): Ben Polk (20); Neco Brett (40)

Real Salt Lake (2): Omar Holness (5); Max Lachowecki (25)

San Jose Earthquakes (2): Andrew Tarbell (8); Patrick Hodan (28)

Seattle Sounders FC (2): Tony Alfaro (27); Zach Mathers (35)

Sporting Kansas City (0)

Toronto FC (1): Tsubasa Endoh (9)

Vancouver Whitecaps FC (3): Cole Seiler (16); Christopher Hellman (29); Thomas Sanner (36)

What did you think of the first two rounds in the 2016 MLS Draft? Did you like your team’s selections? Who were the biggest steals? Who was the biggest reach?

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