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SportsToronto FC will target best player available with sixth pick in MLS SuperDraft

07:20  11 january  2019
07:20  11 january  2019 Source:   thestar.com

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The 2018 MLS SuperDraft was the nineteenth SuperDraft conducted by Major League Soccer. As customary, the SuperDraft was held in conjunction with the annual United Soccer Coaches convention.

The MLS SuperDraft is an annual event, taking place in January of each year, in which the teams of Major League Soccer select players who have graduated from college or otherwise been signed by the league.

Toronto FC will target best player available with sixth pick in MLS SuperDraft© Provided by Toronto Star Newspapers Limited Dayne St. Clair, of Pickering, Ont., practises with his University of Maryland team. The goalkeeper is among those cited as possible candidates to be drafted by Toronto FC in this weekend’s SuperDraft.

The Philadelphia Union made headlines on Wednesday night when the Major League Soccer club sold all five of its draft picks to FC Cincinnati for cash in the league’s allocation money system.

The Union had the 13th, 29th, 37th, 61st and 85th picks overall before selling them off. Union sporting director Ernst Tanner told reporters on a conference call following the sell-off that while a handful of players in this year’s draft might make it, he didn’t expect any of them to be available outside of the top 10.

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Strong Canadian group eligible for MLS draft TORONTO - University of Maryland goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair and Syracuse forward Tajon Buchanan have signed Generation Adidas contracts, adding to an already strong Canadian contingent eligible for the Jan. 11 MLS SuperDraft. The two have joined Simon Fraser winger-forward Mamadi Camara (Montreal), North Carolina defender Alex Comsia (North Vancouver), Syracuse defender Kamal Miller (Pickering, Ont.) and UNC Charlotte defender Callum Montgomery (Victoria) at the MLS Combine, which runs through Jan. 9 in Orlando. Various mock drafts have Buchanan, Montgomery and St. Clair going in the top 12 with Buchanan, an alumnus of Toronto-area Sigma FC, pegged at No. 1 by SBI, No.

The MLS SuperDraft 2019 is set to get underway Friday and we broke down the draft order, how to How to Watch the 2019 MLS SuperDraft . For those who don’t have cable or satellite, the good As far as the start of the 2019 SuperDraft , the aforementioned FC Cincinnati will begin the action with

* Denotes player who has been selected for an MLS Best XI team. December 18, 2015: Vancouver Whitecaps acquired a second-round selection in the 2016 SuperDraft from Toronto FC in exchange for defender Steven Beitashour.[ref 16] The pick acquired by Vancouver was Toronto 's second highest

“We would not have benefited very well from the 13th pick,” he said.

Toronto FC coach Greg Vanney has a similar mindset heading into Friday’s MLS SuperDraft. A disappointing season means the Reds will pick sixth, giving them a chance to nab a player talented enough to be a part of TFC’s future.

But outside of the top five or seven selections, Vanney said, the differences between players become marginal. He believe that to be a product of the growth of Major League Soccer in recent years. As teams improve, thanks to changes like an injection of target allocation money the past couple seasons, the gap between what it takes to be a good college player and a good, reliable professional player widens.

“While I think the average (college) player is probably gaining a little bit in terms of their ability, I still think the gap that’s growing between college and professional is much faster than what the players coming into a draft are making up,” he said.

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The 2017 MLS SuperDraft was the eighteenth SuperDraft conducted by Major League Soccer. The SuperDraft is held each year in conjunction with the annual National Soccer Coaches Association of America convention.

The 2015 MLS SuperDraft was the sixteenth SuperDraft conducted by Major League Soccer. Also, draft picks retained by Chivas USA for the 2016 MLS SuperDraft were deleted except for the team's second-round pick * Denotes player who has been selected for an MLS Best XI team. September 9, 2013: Toronto FC acquired a first-round selection in the 2015 SuperDraft , forward Bright Dike, and

Take Toronto’s own history, for example. Seven of the club’s 10 top picks between 2007 and 2016 played between nine and 27 games for the Reds in their first year. One of those picks, Zachary Herold, was forced to retire due to a heart condition before playing a game; another is TFC’s current No. 1 goalkeeper, Alex Bono, who made no appearances in his first season with Toronto.

The path of success via the draft isn’t easy: the Reds released 2017 top pick, defender Brandon Aubrey, after one season with Toronto FC II; defender Tim Kubel and goalkeeper Drew Shepherd, their top two picks at No. 28 and No. 46 overall in 2018, also were released.

It’s not to say development overall in North America has stalled, Vanney said. Academies across the league have improved in the last five years, he believes; better coaching and development strategies have created better players that don’t need to go through the draft to make their teams.

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The 2019 MLS SuperDraft will be the twentieth SuperDraft conducted by Major League Soccer. The SuperDraft is typically held in conjunction with the annual January United Soccer Coaches

MLS confirmed that Ohio's FC Cincinnati will receive the first pick in the 2019 SuperDraft as they join the league this year as an expansion team. UNC Charlotte 49ers defender Callum Montgomery is widely considered to be one of the best defenders available in the draft, having been crowned the

“I think if you were to aggregate all those young players and how the academies are fairing and everything else, then I think we’re very much moving in the right way when it comes to development,” he said.

Still, Toronto has one of the draft’s top spots, and the goal is to select the best player, no matter the position.

“The ones that we think have a skill set or an expertise that can allow them to be successful,” Vanney said. “There are other guys who are good players but they’re jack-of-all-trades, you’re not really sure. Those guys aren’t really what we’re after. We’re looking for guys who know who they are, they have a good soccer brain and have a skill set that differentiates them from somebody else.”

Mock drafts have most commonly linked the Reds to two players: Generation Adidas signing Dayne St. Clair, a goalkeeper from Pickering, Ont., and Michigan State forward/winger DeJuan Jones, who reportedly boosted his stock at this week’s combine in Orlando by showing off a mix of technical skills and athleticism.

Vanney believes the top selection will be dominated by attacking players.

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MLS confirmed that Ohio's FC Cincinnati will receive the first pick in the 2019 SuperDraft as they join the league this year as an expansion team. UNC Charlotte 49ers defender Callum Montgomery is widely considered to be one of the best defenders available in the draft, having been crowned the

MLS confirmed that Ohio's FC Cincinnati will receive the first pick in the 2019 SuperDraft as they join the league this year as an expansion team. UNC Charlotte 49ers defender Callum Montgomery is widely considered to be one of the best defenders available in the draft, having been crowned the

“It’s easier to take a younger player or college player and give them spot minutes early on as an attacking player than it is a defensive player,” he said. “The farther away from your goal, the more opportunities you have to bring them along.”

Vanney will be joined at the draft table by president Bill Manning and newly minted general manager Ali Curtis. Toronto also holds the 39th overall pick in the second round, and the 54th overall pick in the third round. Rounds 1 and 2 will be held Friday, while Rounds 3 and 4 will be held via conference call at a later date.

While the quality of the draft may not be what it used to be, Vanney said it remains a day full of emotion.

“Every time they announce a new player it’s like opening a new present at Christmas,” he said. “You’re waiting to see who it is and then all of a sudden there’s a reaction.”

Laura Armstrong is a sports reporter based in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @lauraarmy

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