The MLS SuperDraft finally took place earlier on Friday down in good old Philly where teams from Major League Soccer carefully selected the pieces they need to improve the quality of their respective rosters.
The team that had a decent draft is none other than Eastern Conference semifinalists, the New York Red Bulls. The team felt they needed help on defense and a bit of a push when it came to the midfield. The pieces they chose have decent histories from college and will look to make a big impact on the professional stage.
First up we have a right-back out of Wake Forest who is 22, Chris Duvall. He is pacy, strong and can run up and down the wing all game long. However, there was a quick highlight of him sending a ball into the area with his left foot which can be dangerous as he plays down the right — he would have to cut back to his left in order to send in a cross, even when under pressure. This can be dangerous as he can be susceptible to losing the ball during a quick counter.
He may get a few starts here and there and perhaps cement his name into the starting eleven as the team does not have a true right-back at the moment who deserves the spotlight. Therefore, if he works hard and gets along with head coach Mike Petke, he should be fine.
The most exciting draft pick is out of Akron in 21-year-old Eric Stevenson, a very talented wide midfielder. One of his best goals from a short highlight-reel was a right-footed volley that put a sweet backwards spin on the ball which led it to curve inside the far post, leaving the goalkeeper begging.
The young man is fast, skilled and was rated very highly by his former coach and teammates from Akron. If he keeps that up, he will get even better at the professional level for NY. He may not start many games at first, but if he works extremely hard in training, listens to his elders and learns quickly and efficiently enough, he will soon be an irreplaceable member of the team as he is deemed to have a future with the squad.