The MLS SuperDraft came to a close Monday, and the New York Red Bulls selected three more players. Eleven teams decided to pass during the third and fourth rounds of the SuperDraft, passing on a total of 21 picks.
Here’s who the Red Bulls drafted Monday :
Rashid Nuhu, 70th overall pick
The Ghanian goalkeeper has been solid for the Fordham Men’s Soccer program. With 71 career appearances, Nuhu never allowed more than one goal per game in any year of his college career. His accolades include, first team All- Atlantic 10 Conference in back-to-back seasons, and Conference Championship Most Outstanding Player in 2016.
While it may be impossible to imagine anyone other than Luis Robles or Ryan Meara between the sticks for the first team, change is inevitable. Evan Louro has made an impact for NYRBII, but additional depth at the GK position is always welcome.
Sean McSherry, 78th Overall Pick
A New Jersey native like Sean Davis and Connor Lade, Sean McSherry grew up in Freehold and attended Princeton University. As a Tiger, McSherry made 47 appearances. The Peddie School alumnus tallied seven goals and nine assists in his college career.
McSherry is lists as a defender and a midfielder. His positional flexibility increased his value. Like Ethan Kutler before him, McSherry could find himself playing a different position than the one that got him noticed by the Red Bull organization.
Joey Piatczyc, 84th Overall Pick
A product of the Sporting KC system, Joey Piatczyz (Pe-AHT-chik) spent the past five years as an Education major at the University of West Virginia. Piatczyz earned Mid American Conference Freshman of the year in 2014. In total, he scored fourteen goals and notched 35 assists during his Mountaineers tenure.
An attacking midfielder on a roster that favors attacking midfielders, Piatczyc can offer depth if he can prove himself. Midfield rotation is key in a club where the system is the star. If Piatczyc can integrate into the system, he will have a chance between the first and second team.
While the Training Facility and Red Bull Arena are chilled and windy, players are itching to hit the field again. CONCACAF Champions League and the MLS season are around the corner.
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