Today FC Cincinnati gained five new players via MLS SuperDraft in Chicago. Heading into the draft FCC dealt with LAFC to secure their first round pick (16th) in exchange for future allocation money.
Additionally, they purchased ALL of Philadelphia Union’s selections in exchange for $150,000 in GAM.
Coming into the draft, FCC had 22 players on the roster:
2 Goalkeepers, 8 defenders, 7 midfielders, 3 attackers.
Seems that attack would have been the priority - however FCC did not address attacking department at any point today.
Too, MLS’ Sam Stejskal went way out of his way to mention that FCC is close to inking Chilean CAM Matais Fernandez who would immediately become the centerpiece of our midfield.
Here are the selections and a little bit of information on them.
Pick 1 - Frankie Amaya - Midfielder, UCLA
Frankie is a US Men’s National Team U-20 player, so this is very cool to see. Considered to be best all around player by many, the 18 year old Amaya will likely spend a lot of 2019 being blocked by the anchors of FC Cincinnati’s midfield. This is a piece that they could flip or develop - youth and hype is certainly on his side.
It is worth mentioning that LAFC was beating down the door to take this pick for Amaya. Their offer of $200K GAM + picks was countered by $500K. It shows that the team is aware that they have something of value. LAFC could continue to work something out.
Pick 13- Logan Gdula - Defender (OB), Wake Forest
College soccer can be hard to gauge, but Wake Forest is consistently good and Gdula was their best player. He can play outside back and that depth is nice, but there is no reason to believe he’ll be taking Garza or Deplange’s gigs.
Pick 16 - Traded to RYRB, second round pick + $125K GAM
Not a bad move. Recouped some of the investment in Philadelphia deal, in nothing else. Too, if they didn’t have a practical option in mind - this was a great use of the pick.
Pick 5 - 29th overall: Tommy McCabe - Midfielder, Notre Dame
Clearly not going after attack, with several options still on the table. McCabe is another player that will be in the midfield logjam.
Pick 6 - 30th overall: Jimmy Haugue - Goalkeeper, Michigan State
This should round out the goalkeeping roster. Super safe option, will not be expensive to retain, but will not have a prayer at breaking camp over Richey and Tyton.
Pick 13 - 37th overall: Ben Lundt, - Goalkeeper, Akron
Lundt was considered to be a top goalkeeper option coming into the draft, but he’s German and not many teams will afford him an International roster spot. FCC will likely loan him out until he can work towards citizenship or gain transfer value.
FCC will select two more players in round three, and one more in round four via conference call on Monday, January 14th.
Transfer window is still open, but training begins on January, 30th at IMG Academy in Florida, FCC is very close to limiting themselves formation-wise.