The New York Red Bulls sent $100,000 of GAM to the Chicago Fire, moved to 10th in selection order, and selected four players on the first day of the 2020 MLS SuperDraft.
The Red Bulls picked Patrick Seagrist with the selection. Seagrist is a left-back from Marquette. There he led the Golden Eagles with seven assists. The Barrington, Illinois native is more likely to start in USL this season with New York Red Bulls II, but should the situation around Kemar Lawrence remain unresolved, perhaps he gets a shot at first team minutes.
Next up, the Red Bulls took a wide midfielder from Louisville, Cherif Dieye at the no. 15 pick. Dieye notched seven goals and six assists last season, and earned USC All-South Region Second Team, All-ACC Second Team. In 2018, he also earned plaudits, being named to ACC Championship All-Tournament Team, All-ACC Third Team.
After dumping most of their goalkeepers following the 2019 season, the Red Bulls are still restocking the position. With the no. 36 pick, they selected Wallis Lapsley of UC Davis. Lapsley, originally from Seattle, stands at 6’5″, and recorded 203 saves during his tenure at Davis.
The last pick of the day came at no. 41 for the Red Bulls. They selected midfielder/forward Deri Corfe. Corfe hails from Chester, England, spending six years in the Manchester City youth academy. Last season, he played for the Ocean City Nor’easters, taking home the USL League 2 golden boot, and being named league MVP. With the Nor’easters, Corfe scored 14 goals and added three assists in 12 games played.
Stay tuned for more news and analysis from the Day 2 of the MLS SuperDraft on January 13th.
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