The New York Red Bulls entered the 2016 MLS SuperDraft with only two picks. The 18th pick in the first and second rounds (18th & 36th overall).
They had traded their fourth round pick, which was confirmed earlier this week, when they had acquired the discovery rights to Kemar Lawrence. They traded their natural third round pick to Toronto FC as part of their late 2013 deal for Bobby Convey. They then seemed to trade the same third round pick to acquire Kyle Reynish from Chicago. That pick was then identified as having originally belonging to the Vancouver Whitecaps.
All of this leaves the Red Bulls with only two picks in the 2016 draft. Despite the two draft picks and six recent homegrown signings, would the Red Bulls look to trade their way back into the late rounds of the draft?
The answer is no. The team does have prospects in the draft that they would like to have with them, but don't seem willing to leverage what they have to get them.
"There's a couple of other interesting players out there that we like, " said Jesse Marsch on Thursday " are hopeful that they don't get drafted."
The second half of the 2016 draft will be conducted via teleconference. That will be held on January 19th.