Cincinnati, who held 10 picks coming into Friday’s draft, first opted to add some offense with the UCLA and US Under-20 attacking midfielder. Amaya, 18, is a Generation adidas (GA) player.
There was some question as to whether Cincy would hold on to the first overall pick, as they took a time-out while the club brass talked to LAFC’s John Thorrington on draft room floor. Ultimately, though, they kept the selection, which will allow them to address a need on their expansion roster.
The San Jose Earthquakes, led by newly-appointed head coach Matias Almeyda, also opted for a GA player with the second overall pick when they selected Siad Haji. The All-American attacker out of VCU has also featured for the US youth national teams.
FC Dallas, aiming to go young under new head coach and former academy director Luchi Gonzalez, selected one of the most pro-ready center backs in the draft with the No. 4 pick, selecting Charlotte’s Callum Montgomery, a 21-year-old British Columbia native.
The first trade of draft day game just ahead of the No. 5 pick, as the Colorado Rapids traded up for that pick, sending the Chicago Fire the 15th overall pick and $ 100,000 in General Allocation Money in return. which they used to select University of Denver forward Andre Shinyashiki, the Brazilian who topped the NCAA scoring charts in 2018 with 28 goals in 21 goals.
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