As we are about to move on from the 2017 season and get ready for a brand new one in a day or so, the New York Red Bulls are showing that they are hard at work to bring in some new players like the one rumored to come over from Hurican in Alejandro Romero Gamarra.
But just like all professional sports leagues in the USA who are ready to draft new players to their pro clubs, MLS is also ready to help those college players out that wants to get their fair shot at the highest level within the USA for the top league.
The Major League Soccer Super Draft will be held in the Philadelphia Convention Center on Friday, January 19th as the NSCAA convention will join them during the week of the 15th thru the 19th to start the brand new year.
College players from the big first division conferences along with those who might sign up from schools in Division II & Division III to get their shot at the big club or with the USL affiliations will get some experience in the lower levels.
The most notable players currently on the roster from the college ranks to perform at the highest level with the Red Bulls of course are Connor Lade who attended St. John’s of the Big East.
Ryan Meara who played his college years with Fordham University of the Atlantic 10 as he was the clubs first round draft pick in the 2012 season and started that year when the starting goalkeeper position was a question mark till the Crestwood, NY native fell to injury which brought over Luis Robles late that season.
Of course I continue to bring up my former college friend who performed for the MetroStars back in the 1999 season in Nansha Kalonji who came out of Ramapo College in the New Jersey Athletic Conference in Division III NCAA College Soccer.
The Red Bulls have five picks in this upcoming MLS Super Draft as they will have picks in Round 1, two in Round 2 & two in Round Four. They have the number 16th pick in rounds one, two & four while trading for other picks in the eighth position in round 2 and in the fourteenth position in round 4.
They got the 31st overall pick in round 2 from the Philadelphia Union's natural Second Round pick in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft. New York acquired the pick in return for the Right of First Refusal for Red Bulls Academy product Adam Najem on February 8th.
They got the 83rd overall pick in round 4 from Atlanta United after signing then backup Goalkeeper Kyle Reynish and then trading him to the Peach States MLS Side on March 1st of this past season.
It should be a fun time down in the city of brotherly love as the Red Bulls will look to add new players that will probably be used to play for their USL Bulls side as they will get the necessary minutes to improve their skills and be ready for the MLS level in a few years.
2019 MLS Super Draft RBNY Selections
Round 1: 16th overall
Round 2: 31st overall/8th pick in the Round (From PHI)
Round 2: 39th overall/16th pick in the Round
Round 4: 83rd overall/14th pick in the Round (From ATL)
Round 4: 85th overall/16th pick in the Round