Expansion side FC Cincinnati selected UCLA midfielder Frankie Amaya No. 1 overall in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft on Friday.
"This is what I worked my whole life for," Amaya told MLSSoccer.com at the draft in Chicago. "This is a crazy moment."
Amaya, 18, is the youngest player in the draft, but his upside is such that he's expected to adapt well to the professional game, even in a central playmaking role that is usually the domain of foreign players.
The Generation Adidas player spent just one season...
On Friday, college players from across the country will be hoping to receive the coveted call from one of Major League Soccer's 24 franchises during the four rounds of the 2019 MLS SuperDraft (Friday, 1 p.m. ET).
Here's what you need to know heading into the event:
Teams to watch
Fans of expansion franchise FC Cincinnati can expect their team to be very busy on Friday as it continues to try to stockpile talent for its first-ever season in MLS. This process will be helped in part by the purchase...
The season's slate of games is highlighted by the debut of FC Cincinnati, who will play its first game on the road against the Seattle Sounders on March 2, and will play its first home game in MLS against MLS Cup finalist the Portland Timbers on March 17.
The schedule is also noteworthy for a pair of stadium-related events. Minnesota United will celebrate the opening of Allianz Field on April 13 when it hosts New York City FC,...
FC Cincinnati acquired defender Alvas Powell on Thursday from the Portland Timbers for $250,000 in general allocation money, as well as a percentage of the fee if the player is transferred outside the MLS.
Powell, 24, made 23 club appearances for Portland in each of the last four seasons. He won an MLS Cup with the Timbers in 2015, as well as playing in the 2018 MLS Cup loss to Atlanta.
Powell is a Jamaica international, having made his debut for the Reggae Boyz in 2012.