The last two rounds of MLS SuperDraft are a quick affair that take place over conference call without all the pomp and circumstance of the first two rounds. Half the teams pass on their picks and MLS tweets out the picks in batches rather than one at a time.
That did not deter the New York Red Bulls. They used all 3 late round draft picks.
They picked, Rashid Nuhu, a goalie from Fordham, Sean McSherry, a right mid who projects as an outside back, and Joey Piatcyzc, an attacker who has been mostly deployed as a right-wing and attacking mid.
All of these players will most likely go straight to NYRBII so we are grading on a curve.
#70 Rashid Nuhu (Fordham) B+
Nuhu is known for his athletic shot-stopping and his distribution out of the back. He has a high upside and is one of the top goalies in the draft. Nuhu spent last summer with the U-23 side, so the Red Bulls know him very well.
He will spend next year backing up Evan Louro at NYRBII, which is why this pick gets knocked. Nuhu will occupy an international slot, which is limited to 7 at the USL level. Using an international spot on a backup goalie is not the greatest but having the MLS rights for two years of a goalie with a high upside far outweighs the cons.
#78 Sean McSherry (Princeton) A
I really like this pick from the Red Bulls, and not just because I was making the case for him during our pre-draft coverage.
McSherry, a two time All-Ivy League selection, checks a lot of the boxes you look for in a Red Bull fullback. He is athletic, testing in the top ten in the 30-yard dash at the combine, and he is solid on the ball from his time as an attacker.
At the combine, he really stood out with his ability to get up and down the field. At 5-9, 160 lbs., he has the size to compete at the next level. I think between Rece Buckmaster and McSherry, NYRBII will be much improved at the right back position.
#84 Joey Piatczyc (West Virginia) A
This is another high upside low downside pick, which is why it gets an A.
Piatczyc has the ability to finish well from the right wing, as well as distribute from central positions. With NYRBII letting both of its attacking mids go, and trading Amando Moreno, Piatczyc provides good depth on the attacking line.
Additionally, he has an impressive ability to score from dead ball situations which can never be overlooked. He will have a chance to prove he belongs with NYRBII after a very successful college career.
Photo by Bill Twomey Photography