College Freshman Player is No.1 Pick in MLS Superdraft 2019

UCLA freshman midfielder Frankie Amaya was selected first overall by expansion club Cincinnati FC. Amaya signed a Generation Adidas contract on Jan. 4, 2019, making the freshman player eligible for the 2019 MLS SuperDraft.
Amaya played one year of college soccer for UCLA and prior to UCLA, played club soccer with Pateadores SC, a premier youth club in Southern California – Orange County.
Amaya was called up to the U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team twice, locking down a starting spot for the squad that won the Concacaf U-20 Tournament against Mexico, qualifying U.S. for the 2019 U-20 World Cup in Poland.
It’s a challenge for the U.S. soccer system drafting a prospect talent as freshman. MLS clubs need to do this more often, nothing against the college soccer system, but the soccer around the world has several examples of young talents drafted successfully. The last champion Fifa World Cup 2018 has a great example: Kylian Mbappé. At age of 17 years he was scoring goals to Monaco, at age 18 playing with the PSG soccer stars and at 19 years old World Cup Champion by France. Some kids doesn’t waste their life opportunity.
The complete list of players drafted in the first two rounds we can find here: 2019 MLS SUPERDRAFT.

5 thoughts on “College Freshman Player is No.1 Pick in MLS Superdraft 2019

  1. This is great for FC Cincinnati, to be an expansion club in a growing league like the MLS which now has 24 teams, I believe, the competition will be noticeably tougher. I think drafting Amaya is a great move for FC Cincinnati to draft a younger talent and not only has it worked well around the world, this has become the norm in the NBA and before the one-year of college rule, would draft kids out of high school.

    I’m glad to see an expansion club in Cincy, which will now have an in-state rival with the Columbus Crew, who the Haslam Family (owner of the NFL’s Cleveland Browns) saved from a move to Houston, I want to say. It’ll be interesting to see how Amaya can impact the MLS and perhaps lead FC Cincinnati to some wins in 2019.

  2. Great post about the 2019 MLS entry draft . The MLS has been a saving grace for some players who were shunned in Europe like Jozy Altidore and Sabastian Gavinco .I hope more USA and Canadian kids can use the MLS as a way to hone and improve their craft to be the best player .I am not not sure where half of these would be without this league to help in the development .

    GO Toronto FC!!

    1. Giovinco and Altidore are great players but couldn’t show their full potential in Europe. MLS is a great place for people of all ages to show what they can do with the ball at their feet!

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