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FC Cincinnati Select Frankie Amaya of UCLA with Expansion Team's No. 1 Pick in 2019 MLS SuperDraft

January 11, 2019 - Major League Soccer (MLS) News Release

CHICAGO - FC Cincinnati made the first MLS SuperDraft in the club's history a memorable one, selecting Frankie Amaya with the No. 1 overall selection in MLS SuperDraft 2019 presented by adidas at McCormick Place.

Amaya became the sixth player in MLS SuperDraft history selected from UCLA with the first pick overall, the most of any school. Born on Sept. 26, 2000, Amaya is also the first player in 2000 or later to be selected on SuperDraft day.

FC Cincinnati came into the SuperDraft holding seven selections in the first two rounds, after making a landmark trade with the Philadelphia Union in the days leading up to the draft, acquiring all five of that club's selections this year. FC Cincinnati then selected Logan Gdula of Wake Forest Univ. with the 13th selection, before trading a pair of later selections.

FC Cincinnati made five selections in all, the most of any club. In the second round, the club had three selections, which they used to select Tommy McCabe (No. 29; Notre Dame), Jimmy Hague (No. 30; Michigan State Univ.) and Ben Lundt (No. 37; Univ. of Akron).

Holding the second selection in the first round, the San Jose Earthquakes selected Siad Haji of Virginia Commonwealth Univ., the first time a player from that school was selected that early in the MLS SuperDraft. Orlando City SC had the third selection overall, which they then used to select Santiago Patiño, from Florida International Univ.

Amaya and Haji were among the seven members of the Generation adidas class of 2019, all selected in the first round. Six were selected in the first 10 picks, including Griffin Dorsey (No. 6 by Toronto FC out of Indiana), Dayne St. Clair (No. 7 by Minnesota United FC out of Maryland), Tajon Buchanan (No. 9 by New England Revolution out of Syracuse) and John Nelson (No. 10 by FC Dallas out of North Carolina). The final member of the Generation adidas class, JJ Williams of the Univ. of Kentucky, was selected by Columbus Crew SC at No. 18.

Three schools had two players selected in the first round: NCAA College Cup champions Univ. of Maryland, UCLA and Michigan State Univ. It was the eighth time in MLS draft history UCLA saw multiple players selected in the first round, and the sixth time for the Univ. of Maryland.

Players from 35 colleges and universities were represented in the 48 selections overall, led by Maryland with four. There were also players selected from 12 different countries: USA, Canada, Benin, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Colombia, Ghana, Germany, Jamaica, Mexico, Scotland, Sweden.

Rounds 3 and 4 of the 2019 SuperDraft presented by adidas will be held via conference call on Monday, Jan. 14, beginning at 1 p.m. ET.

For a complete recap of the 2019 MLS SuperDraft, please visit: www.MLSsoccer.com.

A round-by-round summary of the 2019 MLS SuperDraft follows:

ROUND 1

# TEAM PLAYER POS. HT WT DOB HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE

1 CIN Frankie Amaya * MF 4-May 145 9/26/2000 Santa Ana, Calif. Univ. of California, Los Angeles

2 SJ Siad Haji * MF 8-May 150 12/1/1999 Manchester, N.H. Virginia Commonwealth Univ.

3 ORL Santiago Patiño FW 1-Jun 192 3/10/1997 Orlando, Fla. Florida International Univ.

4 DAL Callum Montgomery DF 3-Jun 185 5/14/1997 Victoria, B.C. Univ. of North Carolina Charlotte

5 COL % Andre Shinyashiki FW 9-May 150 6/11/1997 Sao Paulo, Brazil Univ. of Denver

6 TOR Griffin Dorsey * MF Jun-00 160 3/5/1999 Evergreen, Colo. Indiana Univ.

7 MIN Dayne St. Clair * GK 3-Jun 165 5/9/1997 Pickering, Ont. Univ. of Maryland

8 HOU Sam Junqua DF Jun-00 175 11/9/1996 Saratoga, Calif. Univ. of California

9 NE Tajon Buchanan * MF Jun-00 152 2/8/1999 Brampton, Ont. Syracuse Univ.

10 DAL John Nelson * DF 9-May 160 7/11/1998 Medina, Ohio Univ. of North Carolina

11 NE DeJuan Jones MF 9-May 165 6/24/1997 Lansing, Mich. Michigan State Univ.

12 NYC # Luis Barraza GK 2-Jun 195 11/8/1996 Santa Teresa, N.M. Marquette Univ.

13 CIN Logan Gdula DF 11-May 160 10/13/1996 East Lyme, Conn. Wake Forest Univ.

14 DC Akeem Ward DF 7-May 150 1/5/1996 Vienna, Va. Creighton Univ.

15 MIN & Chase Gasper DF Jun-00 185 1/25/1996 Alexandria, Va. Univ. of Maryland

16 NYR @ Roy Boateng DF 2-Jun 195 1/21/1996 Rohnert Park, Calif. Univ. of California, Davis

17 RSL Sam Brown MF 1-Jun 165 2/10/1996 Ann Arbor, Mich. Harvard Univ.

18 CLB JJ Williams * FW 4-Jun 200 1/4/1998 Montgomery, Ala. Univ. of Kentucky

19 LA # Emil Cuello MF 11-May 165 1/2/1997 Orem, Utah Southern Methodist Univ.

20 SEA Tucker Bone MF 11-May 160 1/23/1996 Granite Bay, Calif. U.S. Air Force Academy

21 KC Kamar Marriott DF 4-Jun 185 9/21/1996 Tampa, Fla. Florida Gulf Coast Univ.

22 NYR Janos Loebe FW 11-May 165 8/21/1995 Kierspe, Germany Fordham Univ.

23 POR Ryan Sierakowski FW 1-Jun 170 8/7/1997 McHenry, Ill. Michigan State Univ.

24 ATL Anderson Asiedu MF 6-May 155 6/12/1996 Hoboken, N.J. Univ. of California, Los Angeles

* Generation adidas

% CHI trade No. 5 overall selection in 2019 to COL for No. 15 overall selection in 2019 and $100,000 general allocation money

& CHI trade No. 15 overall selection in 2019 to MIN for $50,000 general allocation money

# LA trade No. 12 overall selection in 2019 to NYC for No. 19 overall selection in 2019 and $75,000 general allocation money

@ CIN trade No. 16 and No. 25 overall selections in 2019 to NYR for $100,000 general allocation money

ROUND 2

# TEAM PLAYER POS. HT WT DOB HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE

25 NYR @ Sean Nealis DF 4-Jun 185 1/13/1997 Massapequa, N.Y. Hofstra Univ.

26 SJ Sergio Rivas MF 11-May 150 10/3/1997 Albuquerque, N.M. Seattle Univ.

27 ORL Kamal Miller DF Jun-00 185 5/16/1997 Pickering, Ont. Syracuse Univ.

28 COL Marcello Borges DF 10-May 155 9/13/1997 Kearny, N.J. Univ. of Michigan

29 CIN Tommy McCabe MF 11-May 174 4/4/1998 South Orange, N.J. Univ. of Notre Dame

30 CIN Jimmy Hague GK 4-Jun 190 8/28/1996 Walled Lake, Mich. Michigan State Univ.

31 MIN Hassani Dotson MF 11-May 170 8/16/1997 Federal Way, Wash. Oregon State Univ.

32 NYR ! Rece Buckmaster DF 8-May 145 7/7/1996 Auburn, Ind. Indiana Univ.

33 HOU + Andrew Samuels DF 9-May 150 5/15/1997 Tampa, Fla. Univ. of Maryland

34 MTL Amar Sejdic MF 10-May 158 11/29/1996 Louisville, Ky. Univ. of Maryland

35 VAN Brendan McDonough DF 2-Jun 190 12/27/1996 Matthews, N.C. Georgetown Univ.

36 LA Don Tchilao MF Jun-00 175 8/20/1996 Chandler, Ariz. Oregon State Univ.

37 CIN Ben Lundt GK 6-Jun 220 9/24/1995 Berlin, Germany Univ. of Akron

38 ORL Tommy Madden MF 2-Jun 174 4/23/1997 Burtonsville, Md. Univ. of North Carolina Charlotte

39 TOR Adam Wilson MF 1-Jun 171 8/19/1997 Auchterarder, Scotland Univ. of Louisville

40 LFC Peter-Lee Vassell MF 10-May 155 3/15/1999 Saint James Parish, Jamaica Harbour View FC (JAM)

41 RSL Kyle Coffee FW 11-May 145 12/23/1995 Syracuse, Utah Univ. of Washington

42 COL Jacob Hauser-Ramsey DF 3-Jun 195 8/4/1995 Seattle, Wash. Univ. of Connecticut

43 NYC Abdi Mohamed DF 11-May 151 10/25/1996 Westerville, Ohio Univ. of Akron

44 SEA Joel Rydstrand MF 9-May 155 8/10/1995 Almunge, Sweden Creighton Univ.

45 KC Camden Riley MF 1-Jun 175 8/20/1996 Dallas, Texas Univ. of the Pacific

46 SJ Mamadi Camara MF 3-Jun 180 2/25/1995 Montreal, Qué. Simon Fraser Univ.

47 POR Lennart Hein DF 2-Jun 195 1/5/1995 Hamburg, Germany Saint Louis University

48 ATL Amir Bashti MF 9-May 150 3/21/1997 Cupertino, Calif. Stanford Univ.

! CHI trade No. 32 overall selection in 2019 to NYR for the rights of a player to be named later

+ NE trade No. 33 overall selection in 2019 and natural third-round and fourth-round selections in 2020 to DC for natural second-round selection in 2020. DC trade No. 33 overall selection in 2019 to HOU for player to be named later.

TEAM-BY-TEAM SELECTIONS:

Atlanta United (2): Anderson Asiedu (24); Amir Bashti (48)

Chicago Fire (0)

FC Cincinnati (5): Frankie Amaya (1); Logan Gdula (13); Tommy McCabe (29); Jimmy Hague (30); Ben Lundt (37)

Colorado Rapids (3): Andre Shinyashiki (5); Marcello Borges (28); Jacob Hauser-Ramsey (42)

Columbus Crew SC (1): JJ Williams (18)

D.C. United (1): Akeem Ward (14)

FC Dallas (2): Callum Montgomery (4); John Nelson (10)

Houston Dynamo (2): Sam Junqua (8); Andrew Samuels (33)

Sporting Kansas City (2): Kamar Marriott (20); Camden Riley (45)

LA Galaxy (2): Emil Cuello (19); Don Tchilao (36)

Los Angeles Football Club (1): Peter-Lee Vassell (40)

Minnesota United FC (3): Dayne St. Clair (7); Chase Gasper (15); Hassani Dotson (31)

Montréal Impact (1): Amar Sejdic (34)

New England Revolution (2): Tajon Buchanan (9); DeJuan Jones (11)

New York Red Bulls (4): Roy Boateng (16); Janos Loebe (22); Sean Nealis (25); Rece Buckmaster (32)

New York City FC (2): Luis Barraza (12); Abdi Mohamed (43)

Orlando City SC (3): Santiago Patiño (3); Kamal Miller (27); Tommy Madden (38)

Philadelphia Union (0)

Portland Timbers (2): Ryan Sierakowski (23); Lennart Hein (47)

Real Salt Lake (2): Sam Brown (17); Kyle Coffee (41)

San Jose Earthquakes (3): Siad Haji (2); Sergio Rivas (26); Mamadi Camara (46)

Seattle Sounders FC (2): Tucker Bone (20); Joel Rydstrand (44)

Toronto FC (2): Griffin Dorsey (6); Adam Wilson (39)

Vancouver Whitecaps FC (1): Brendan McDonough (35)

COLLEGE-BY-COLLEGE SELECTIONS:

U.S. Air Force Academy (1): Tucker Bone

Univ. of Akron (2): Ben Lundt; Abdi Mohamed

Univ. of California (1): Sam Junqua

Univ. of California, Davis (1): Roy Boateng

Univ. of California, Los Angeles (2): Frankie Amaya, Anderson Asiedu

Univ. of Connecticut (1): Jacob Hauser-Ramsey

Creighton Univ. (2): Joel Rydstrand; Akeem Ward

Univ. of Denver (1): Andre Shinyashiki

Florida Gulf Coast Univ. (1): Kamar Marriott

Florida International Univ. (1): Santiago Patiño

Fordham Univ. (1): Janos Loebe

Georgetown Univ. (1): Brendan McDonough

Harvard Univ. (1): Sam Brown

Hofstra Univ. (1): Sean Nealis

Indiana Univ. (2): Rece Buckmaster; Griffin Dorsey

Univ. of Kentucky (1): JJ Williams

Univ. of Louisville (1): Adam Wilson

Marquette Univ. (1): Luis Barraza

Univ. of Maryland (4): Chase Gasper; Dayne St. Clair; Andrew Samuels; Amar Sejdic

Univ. of Michigan (1): Marcello Borges

Michigan State Univ. (3): Jimmy Hague; DeJuan Jones; Ryan Sierakowski

Univ. of North Carolina Charlotte (2): Tommy Madden; Callum Montgomery

Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1): John Nelson

Univ. of Notre Dame (1): Tommy McCabe

Oregon State Univ. (2): Hassani Dotson; Don Tchilao

Univ. of Pacific (1): Camden Riley

Saint Louis Univ. (1): Lennart Hein

Seattle Univ. (1): Sergio Rivas

Simon Fraser Univ. (1): Mamadi Camara

Southern Methodist Univ. (1): Emil Cuello

Stanford Univ. (1): Amir Bashti

Syracuse Univ. (2): Tajon Buchanan; Kamal Miller

Virginia Commonwealth Univ. (1): Siad Haji

Wake Forest Univ. (1): Logan Gdula

Univ. of Washington (1): Kyle Coffee


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