MLS Combine Day 1: RBNN’s Standouts & Top Performers

If you missed Saturday’s games, we got you covered. The Red Bulls have 4 picks in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft (1st Rd. pick 22, 3rd Rd. pick 70, 4th Rd. picks 78,84). So with that in mind, our RBNN team compiled their three standouts from Saturday’s games that the Red Bulls could realistically draft.

Game 1: Team Nemeziz 4 – 1 Team Copa

Team Copa

Justin Sousa– D Marcello Borges (Michigan): In a rather lackluster Copa side, Borges stood out with his composure and fluidity on the ball. Coaches will appreciate his ability to glide through challenges and take on players. He played simple passing patterns all game to work his side up the field. A concern for the left back is whether he can be as efficient defensively. He’s bound to leave gaps in behind when getting forward, and that’ll be the risk that comes with drafting him.

M Peter-Lee Vassell (Caribbean combine- Harbour View FC) Vassell’s agility on the ball provided Team Copa with a consistent goal threat. His ability to shift onto his left foot from the right wing was Arjen Robben esque — defender’s knew it was coming but could not prevent him from finding a shot. An attempt to catch Nuhu off guard with an outside the boot shot emphasized his craftiness in the final third. He will need to work on his link-up ability in game two and look to be less selfish in attack.

NOTE: Red Bulls Academy and U-23 player, Marcello Borges, started and captained Team Copa. RBNN previously confirmed that the Red Bulls moving on from Borges and are not interested in signing him to a HG deal.

Fordham forward, Janos Loebe, and Red Bulls U-23 player scored Team Copa’s only goal of the day.

Consensus first round picks on Team Copa include GK Dayne St. Clair, F Griffin Dorsey and F JJ Williams, D Marcello Borges, D Jacob Hauser-Ramsey and MF Brad Dunwell.

Team Nemeziz

Team Nemeziz bossed the game from beginning to end. A couple of players stood out to us. Note: Red Bulls U-23 GK Rashid Nuhu started in net.

Eric Friedlander– D Prosper Figbe (Virginia): was one of the top defenders out there. Has the physical tools will need some work positionally. Would be able to learn a lot from Ibrahim segaya at rb2.

D Sean Mcsherry (Princeton): didn’t ‘wow’ but wasn’t bad. Outside of the top outside back prospects like Akeem Ward and Logan Gdoula, the Princeton grad looked like one of the best of the second tier

Liam Pettit– D Prosper Figbe (Virginia): Right from the opening kick-off Figbe seemed calm and composed on the ball. Figbe’s distribution from the back spurred multiple attacks for Team Nemeziz. The CB also finished second in both the 30-meter dash (3.84 secs) and Vertical jump (35.5 inches). As of right now there is just one center back on the New York Red Bulls II roster and Figbe could be available in the 3rd round.

Justin Sousa– D Prosper Figbe (Virginia): Prosper Figbe raised his stock amongst his fellow combine defenders after day one. He possesses all the physical tools needed to succeed in MLS and showed an ability to pick out long diagonals when the opportunity came. There is little to criticize of his game after the first match, but coaches may want to see how adventurous he is in his passing. Game two will just be a matter of being more efficient and dangerous in the long balls he decides to launch to his forwards.

John Peridicaro– M Tucker Bone (Air Force): Bone specifically looks to be a great pickup for any team, his clear vision and passing was absolutely smooth on Nemesis. He would be my overall top player.

Consensus first round picks on Team Nemeziz include D Akeem Ward, M Hassani Dotson, D Logan Gdula.

Game 2: Team X 2 – 0 Team Predator

Team X

Eric Friedlander– MF Anderson Asiedu (UCLA): Best central midfielder out there. Strong ball winner and surprising strong dribbler. Would be a good fit in the Red Bull system.

Liam Pettit– MF Anderson Asiedu (UCLA): Asiedu definitely bumped up his draft stock on Saturday. Asiedu was a bull dog in the middle of the field and looked very comfortable receiving the ball in tight situations. The Red Bulls U-23 player has a high motor and is a pure defensive midfielder. Ives Garlacep notes he will occupy an international spot should he get picked.

John Perdicaro- MF Sergio Rivas (Seattle): impressed with his creativity in the final third.
F Amir Bashti (Stanford): Bagged an impressive goal.
D Roy Boateng (Cal-Davis)

Consensus first round picks on Team X: Sergio Rivas, Andre Shinyashiki, Callum Montgomery Chase Gasper, Camden Riley

Team Predator

Team Predator as a whole looked disconnected but they have the remaining four Generation Adidas players. Said Haji showed why he deserves to be a top three pick. Frankie Amaya, Tajon Buchanan and John Nelson we’re underwhelming but will all likely land in the top 10.

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