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FC Cincinnati selects UCLA's Frankie Amaya with top pick in MLS SuperDraft

Frankie Amaya, left, poses for a picture with MLS commissioner Don Garber after FC Cincinnati picked him No. 1 in the SuperDraft.
Frankie Amaya is the youngest player in this year's draft.

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...

Real Salt Lake extends Albert Rusnak's contract through 2021 season

Albert Rusnak signed a contract extension that will keep him with RSL through 2021.

Real Salt Lake ended the final full week of 2018 with a flurry on Friday, making a series of moves both on and off the pitch.

First, the club announced an agreement with midfielder Albert Rusnak on a contract extension through the 2021 season. According to a report in October on MLSsoccer.com, the contract will be worth close to $2 million per season. That would likely more than double the $907,280 he made in 2018.

In two seasons with RSL, the 24-year-old Rusnak has 17 goals and 21 assists in 61...

Real Salt Lake's Corey Baird voted MLS Rookie of the Year

Real Salt Lake forward Corey Baird was named MLS Rookie of the Year for 2018, the league announced on Monday.

Baird, 22, beat the Philadelphia Union's Mark McKenzie and Orlando City SC's Chris Mueller to the prize. He is the first Salt Lake player to ever win the award.

"Unbelievable honor. I owe it to my teammates, the coaching staff, and @realsaltlake as a whole for welcoming me to the club and making it feel like a second home. Finally, thank you to the fans for their support and love throughout...