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2019 MLS Draft: SBI Live Commentary


The latest crop of collegiate prospects will enter Major League Soccer on Friday afternoon in Chicago.

Expansion side FC Cincinnati contains the No. 1 selection in the 2019 MLS draft, which begins at 1 p.m. ET.

San Jose, Orlando, FC Dallas and Chicago are currently slated to select beneath FC Cincinnati in the top five, but as we’ve seen in past years, trades are likely to happen.

UCLA midfielder Frankie Amaya is the No. 1 player on the SBI Big Board, with Siad Haji, Callum Montgomery, Tajon Buchanan and Dayne St. Clair all expected to be selected in the early in the first round.

As the draft picks, and eventual trades, start to roll in, we’ll provide updates in the comments section as MLS welcomes its latest rookie class to the league.

2019 MLS Draft Selections

first round

1. FC Cincinnati: Frankie Amaya, M, UCLA

2. San Jose Earthquakes: Siad Haji, M, VCU

3. Orlando City: Santiago Patino, F, Florida International

4. FC Dallas (from Colorado): Callum Montgomery, D, Charlotte

5. Colorado Rapids (from Chicago): Andre Shinyashiki, F, Denver

6. Toronto FC: Griffin Dorsey, M, Indiana

7. Minnesota United: Dayne St. Clair, GK, Maryland

8. Houston Dynamo: Sam Junqua, D, California

9. New England Revolution: Tajon Buchanan, F, Syracuse

10. FC Dallas (from Montreal): John Nelson, D, North Carolina

11. New England Revolution (from Vancouver): DeJuan Jones, M, Michigan State

12. New York City FC (from LA Galaxy): Luis Barraza, GK, Marquette

13. FC Cincinnati: Logan Gdula, D, Wake Forest

14. D.C. United: Akeem Ward, D, Creighton

15. Minnesota United (from Chicago via Colorado and FC Dallas): Chase Gasper, D, Maryland

16. New York Red Bulls (from FC Cincinnati via LAFC): Roy Boateng, D, UC Davis

17. Real Salt Lake: Sam Brown, M, Harvard

18. Columbus Crew: J.J. Williams, F, Kentucky

19. LA Galaxy (from NYCFC): Emil Cuello, M, SMU

20. Seattle Sounders: Tucker Bone, M, Air Force

21. Sporting Kansas City: Kamar Marriott, D, Florida Gulf Coast

22. New York Red Bulls: Janos Loebe, M, Fordham

23. Portland Timbers: Ryan Sierakowski, F, Michigan State

24. Atlanta United: Anderson Asiedu, M, UCLA

second round

25. New York Red Bulls (from FC Cincinnati): Sean Nealis, D, Hofstra

26. San Jose Earthquakes: Sergio Rivas, M, Seattle University

27. Orlando City: Kamal Miller, D, Syracuse

28. Colorado Rapids: Marcello Borges, D, Michigan

29. FC Cincinnati (from Philadelphia): Tommy McCabe, D, Notre Dame

30. FC Cincinnati (from Toronto): Jimmy Hague, GK, Michigan State

31. Minnesota United: Hassani Dotson, M, Oregon State

32. New York Red Bulls (from Chicago): Rece Buckmaster, M, Indiana

33. Houston Dynamo (from New England): Andrew Samuels, D, Maryland

34. Montreal Impact: Amar Sejdic, M, Maryland

35. Vancouver Whitecaps: Brendan McDonough, D, Georgetown

36. LA Galaxy: Don Tchilao, M, Oregon State

37. FC Cincinnati (from Philadelphia): Ben Lundt, G, Akron

38. Orlando City (from D.C. United): Tommy Madden, M, Charlotte

39. Toronto FC (from Colorado): Adam Wilson, M, Louisville

40: LAFC: Peter-Lee Vassell, M, Harbour View FC

41. Real Salt Lake: Kyle Coffee, M, Washington

42. Colorado Rapids (from Columbus): Jacob Hauser-Ramsey, D, UCONN

43. NYCFC: Abdi Mohamed, D, Akron

44. Seattle Sounders: Joel Rydstrand, M, Creighton

45. Sporting Kansas City: Camden Riley, M, Pacific

46. San Jose Earthquakes (from New York Red Bulls): Mamadi Camara, M, Simon Fraser University

47. Portland Timbers: Lennart Hein, D, Saint Louis

48. Atlanta United: Amir Bashti, M, Stanford


  1. Univ. of Akron goalkeeper Ben Lundt is taken by one of FC Cincinnati’s many picks. Helped the Zips to a place in last year’s College Cup Final and was one of the best goalkeepers in college. Will probably compete for third GK spot but most likely be in USL

  2. Welcome to our live coverage of the 2019 MLS draft!
    FC Cincinnati is currently in possession of the No. 1 overall pick, but that could change.
    We’ll be updating this post once every pick is made in Chicago.

      • Orlando City selectes Santiago Patino from Florida International at No. 3.
        The Lions previously had a Homegrown player claim on Patino denied before the draft.
        However, Patino faces an uphill climb receiving playing time at forward given Orlando City’s depth at the position.

      • The first defender is off the board!
        FC Dallas takes center back Callum Montgomery out of Charlotte with the No. 4 pick.
        Next up is the Chicago Fire, who have been rumored to trade out of the No. 5 spot.

      • Chicago trades the No. 5 pick to Colorado for No. 15 and $100,000 in allocation money.
        Colorado then takes a local product in Andre Shinyashiki, a forward from the University of Denver.

      • Interesting selections from Colorado and Orlando, who both chose forwards with plenty of strikers already on their depth charts.
        The No. 3 pick is especially interesting since Montgomery was available and the Lions chose to go after Patino instead.

      • Maryland goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair goes to Minnesota United at No. 7.
        St. Clair, who is a member of the Generation Adidas class, fills a depth needs for the Loons at the position.

      • At No. 8, Houston takes defender Sam Junqua out of Cal.
        Junqua is a surprise to say the least at No. 8 with Generation Adidas players like Tajon Buchanan still on the draft board.

      • Tajon Buchanan finally comes off the board!
        The New England Revolution take the best player available at No. 9.
        Nice selection by Brad Friedel’s team after going defensive in the draft a year ago.

      • FC Dallas takes North Carolina defender John Nelson at No. 10.
        FC Dallas received this pick in the Maxi Urruti trade with Montreal, and he’s the second defender to go to FC Dallas today after Callum Montgomery went No. 4.

      • The second pick made by the New England Revolution is DeJuan Jones out of Michigan State at No. 11.
        Jones tested incredibly well at the MLS combine and received top-10 buzz because of the numbers he put up.

      • The LA Galaxy traded the No. 12 pick to New York City FC in exchange for the No. 19 and $75,000 in GAM.
        NYCFC selects goalkeeper Luis Barraza out of Marquette with the pick acquired from the Galaxy.

      • With the first of the five picks it acquired from Philadelphia, FC Cincinnati takes Wake Forest’s Logan Gdula at No. 13.
        Gdula is a nice addition to Cincinnati’s defense, which is still being worked on.

      • One pick after Gdula is chosen, Akeen Ward goes to D.C. United at No. 14.
        Ward and Gdula were seen as two of the best fullback prospects in the draft class.

      • Minnesota United acquires the No. 15 pick from Chicago for $50,000 in GAM.
        Maryland defender Chase Gasper is the pick for the Loons at 15.
        The No. 15 pick has now switched hands between four teams.
        Initially, No. 15 belonged to FC Dallas, who traded it to Colorado in the Kellyn Acosta trade.
        Colorado then swapped picks with Chicago earlier today, and then Chicago traded it to Minnesota.
        Got all that?

        FC Cincinnati traded the No. 16 and No. 25 picks to the New York Red Bulls for $100,000 in GAM.
        The Red Bulls take UC Davis defender Roy Boateng with the newly-acquired 16th selection.

      • J.J. Williams continues to drop!!
        At No. 17, Real Salt Lake takes midfielder Sam Brown out of Harvard.
        Williams, a Generation Adidas member, is still out on the draft board.

      • With the pick they acquired from NYCFC, LA Galaxy takes Emil Cuello, a midfielder out of SMU, with the 19th overall pick.
        Seattle, SKC, New York Red Bulls, Portland and Atlanta finish off the first round.

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