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MLS Draft 2016: New York selects Justin Bilyeu with the 18th pick

At the end of the first round, the Red Bulls selects Justin Bilyeu out of SIU

The New York Red Bulls stayed put as a flurry of trades took place during the start of the MLS draft. Then with the 18th pick in the draft New York selected Justin Bilyeu, a leftback out of Southern Illinois University.

Over four years Bilyeu played 59 times, scoring 5 goals, assisting on 7 more. A leftback by trade, the 6' 4" Bilyeu has also played in the center of defense and occasionally on the leftwing. The 21 year-old is known for his speed on the flanks, while being able to play a two-way game from the fullback position.

Bilyeu was named Third Team All-West Region by the NSCAA and Second Team All-Missouri Valley Conference in 2015, while also being named Second Team All-Missouri Valley in 2014 as well. Bilyeu will support Kemar Lawrence and Connor Lade on the left side of defense while also providing potential centerback depth for the team.

Welcome to the New York Red Bulls Justin Bilyeu!