The New York Red Bulls were once again active on draft day. In a day and age where the draft is become less valuable for some, the Red Bulls have continued to find value in it. Brian White, Tom Barlow, Sean Nealis, and Jared Stroud all came from the draft. Denis Hamlet hopes he found value once again in Patrick Seagrist, Cherif Dieye, Wallis Lapsley, and Deri Corfe.
Seagrist provides depth at leftback
Depth at liftback has been a need for Red Bull for a while now. Seagrist will get an opportunity to prove right away that he can provide it. The two-time All-Big East first teamer is a solid defender with good size, at 6 feet even, and solid athleticism. The Red Bulls saw him up close at their college combine as well as at the MLS showcase event.
What stands out to me from his highlight tape is actually his offensive game. When in the final third, his crossing is precise. He picks out the near post run and cut backs well. I don’t actually expect all of that to translate to the MLS level but its in his locker for sure. His defending may be his strong suit but he can chip in an assist here and there as he did when he led the Big East with seven assists.
Wallis Lapsley can earn Red Bull 2 minutes
With Evan Louro, Rashid Nuhu, and Miguel Silva departing, Wallis Lapsley gets a chance to win the starting job in Montclair. The UC Davis grad has a big frame, at 6’5″, that allows him to cover the goal well. He is an athletic goalie, though he needs to improve on the ball. In a goalie draft class with no standout, he is near the top, and was good second round value. According to Evan Ream, a Davis, CA. native who covers soccer in the area, Lapsley is “the most thoughtful, and mature person I’ve ever covered”. Red Bull 2 fans should expect a hard worker. He will also be reuniting with his college teammate Roy Boateng
International draft picks won’t stop international signings
A concern I saw from some segments of the Red Bull fanbase is that with the picks of Cherif Dieye and Deri Corfe the Red Bulls are wasting international slots. In reality, this is not the case. Both of these players, along with Lapsley, will probably end up on NYRBII deals, where each team has seven international slots. If these players do make the first team, they will have performed well and earned the slot, similar to Florian Valot.
In Dieye, the Red Bulls are getting a pacy winger, who plays direct, and likes to cut from the left onto his right foot. He also possesses a decent shot from distance.
Corfe is an interesting prospect. From the Manchester City academy, Corfe is extremely skilled on the ball and is a solid finisher. He was the USL league 2 MVP, scoring 14 goals in 12 games for the Ocean City Nor’Easters. It will be interesting where he slots in on the field for NYRBII, as he doesn’t appear to be a natural striker, winger, or attacking mid.
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