University of Akron defender Joao Moutinho was the first selection of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft this past weekend. The 20-year-old was just named Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year, and soon he will be taking his talents to the Los Angeles Football Club. The hype surrounding the Portugal native wasn’t the only newsworthy moment of the draft. Here’s a quick recap of the MLS SuperDraft.
The LAFC owned the third pick of the draft in addition to the first pick spent on Moutinho. The new team decided to take another defender, Tristan Blackmon, from the University of the Pacific. With Philadelphia serving as the host city of the event, it was only appropriate for the Union to make a big splash as well. They did just that by acquiring winger David Accam from the Chicago Fire. Accam had the best season of his MLS career with 14 goals scored last year. In return, the Fire received a whopping $1.2 million in allocation money.
Chicago was possibly the busiest team at the MLS SuperDraft, moving up and down the board, while re-shaping its roster at the same time. With the fifth selection, the team took forward Jon Bakero from Wake Forest. Bakero is the reigning Hermann Trophy winner; given to the top American college soccer player. FC Dallas was another team that made use of two high draft picks, selecting Francis Atuahene and Ema Twumasi in an effort to bolster its offense. Twumasi, like Bakero, was part of those terrific Wake Forest squads that challenged for an NCAA Championship.
Top Ten MLS SuperDraft Picks
- Los Angeles Football Club: Joao Moutinho
- LA Galaxy: Tomas Hilliard-Arce
- Los Angeles Football Club: Tristan Blackmon
- FC Dallas: Francis Atuahene
- Chicago Fire: Jon Bakero
- Orlando City: Chris Mueller
- Minnesota United FC: Mason Toye
- New England Revolution: Brandon Bye
- New England Revolution: Mark Segbers
- Chicago Fire: Mo Adams