Taking the thirteenth best player on our board first overall just seems irresponsible. This warrants a WTF grade more then an F grade, but I will generously give F.C. Cincinnati a B grade since most have Amaya as a consensus top 2 player. Frankie Amaya has the best speed of any player in the class and he plays with a lot of heart. At the same time he only has 2 goals, 2 assists, and 6 points. F.C. Cincinnati felt like he was the best player in this class after speaking with their scouts at the 2019 MLS Super Draft. That is the biggest reason I bumped this grade up to a B grade.
I am not saying Amaya will bust by any means. This feels like a boom or bust pick more then anything else since you are taking a guy who is 5–4 145 lbs first overall. That being said, I have a feeling F.C. Cincinnati may regret this pick. We will see what happens. F.C. Cincinnati still has two more picks they can make.
Siad Haji is the top player on my board. I mocked him to San Jose in every single mock I did except my final one.
The 5-8 150 lb Siad Haji had 5 goals, 10 assists, and 20 points in 2018. Haji has game-breaking speed and excellent dribbling. Haji can play attacking midfielder, playmaker, left wing, or right wing with his versatility.
Haji coordinates the ball well. He has been my top Generation Adidas prospect throughout the entire MLS Draft process for the 2019 MLS Super Draft dating back to October.
The 6-1 192 lb Santiago Patino had 12 goals, 2 assists, and 26 points in 2018. Patino has the attitude and humility to compliment Dom Dwyer as a seccondary striker. If Benji Michel beats out Patino for a secondary striker role, then Patino can move to the wing. It was cool going from interviewing Patino last Friday to shaking his hand at the 2019 MLS Super Draft in Chicago. I expect huge things from Santiago moving forward.
The 6-2 170 lb Callum Montgomery can play center back or defensive midfielder. Montgomery is my top ranked defender in the entire 2019 MLS Super Draft. This is easily an A+ grade. Montgomery helped Charlotte record 13 shutouts in 2018.
The 5-9 150 lb Andre Shinyashiki led the NCAA with 28 goals, 4 assists, and 60 points. Shinyashiki was a top 5 player on my board. He had a strong 2019 MLS Combine. I cannot fault Colorado one bit for trading up for Shinyashiki.
Toronto F.C. needs someone at midfielder. Griff Dorsey scored on Wake Forest defender Brad Dunwell. The 6-0 160 lb speedy dynamo can play left wing, attacking midfielder, or right wing. I mocked Dorsey sixth overall, and surprisingly, this was the only pick I got right from my final mock draft. This was an excellent pick for Toronto F.C.
The 6-3 165 lb Dayne St. Clair started all 23 games for Maryland in 2018. Dayne St. Clair had a 0.66 Goals Against Average, a .833 save percentage, 13 shutouts, and recorded 81 saves. Dayne St. Clair went 500 minutes without allowing a goal during the 2018 College Cup.
Tajon Buchanan had 8 goals, 4 assists, and 20 points in 2018. I had Buchanan on New England in my second to last mock draft so this is a fantastic pick by the Revolution who take the 6-2 180 lb forward.
John Nelson is a 5-9 160 lb sophomore that was once the number one ranked High School recruit in the class of 2017 barely edging out Joao Moutinho who went first overall in 2018. Nelson is the only sure fire Generation Adidas player on defense. Nelson helped North Carolina get 9 shutouts in 2018. John Nelson has experience at left back, center back, and right back giving him incredible versatility for a defender.
Callum Montgomery and John Nelson both played soccer in North Carolina. F.C. Dallas did an awesome job stacking up on defense.
DeJuan Jones scored the first goal at the 2019 MLS Combine. He looks like he could be a second round pick. He can play striker, secondary striker, left wing, attacking midfielder, or right wing. That versatility caused New England to reach for him at 11.
Luis Barraza seemed really confident when I interviewed him at the 2019 MLS Super Draft. That's why I am giving New York City F.C. a C grade.
Luis Barraza was the Big East Goalie Of The Year in 2018 and for good reason. Luis Barraza had a 0.98 Goals Against Average, a .839 save percentage, 78 saves, a 6-6-3 record, and 4 shutouts for Marquette in 2018 despite a shaky defense.