Cana­di­ans make a strong show­ing in MLS Su­perDraft top 10

The Observer (Sarnia) - - SPORTS - NEIL DAVID­SON

It was a bumper day for Cana­di­ans in the MLS Su­perDraft in Chicago on Fri­day with three taken in the top 10 and two more in the se­cond round.

UNC-Char­lotte cen­tre back Cal­lum Mont­gomery (Lantzville, B.C) led the way, go­ing fourth over­all to FC Dal­las. The 21-year-old joins Cyle Larin (first over­all in 2015), and Kyle Bekker (third over­all, 2013) as the only Cana­di­ans to be drafted in the top five of the MLS draft.

Min­nesota United took Mary­land’s Dayne St. Clair (Pick­er­ing, Ont.), the first goal­keeper se­lected, with the seventh pick be­fore the New Eng­land Rev­o­lu­tion used the ninth se­lec­tion on Syra­cuse mid­fielder-for­ward Ta­jon Buchanan (Bramp­ton, Ont.)

The 19-year-old Buchanan, a speedy at­tacker from Bramp­ton, Ont., had been touted as a pos­si­ble first over­all se­lec­tion. In­stead, ex­pan­sion FC Cincin­nati took UCLA mid­fielder Frankie Amaya, a U.S. un­der-20 in­ter­na­tional, with the first pick at McCormick Place.

Syra­cuse de­fender Ka­mal Miller, a 21-yearold from Toronto, went to Orlando in the se­cond round (27th over­all) and Simon Fraser Uni­ver­sity mid­fielder-for­ward Ma­madi Ca­mara, a 23-year-old from Mon­treal, was taken by San Jose (46th over­all).

The first two rounds were held Fri­day. Rounds 3 and 4 are sched­uled for Mon­day via con­fer­ence call.

Toronto FC used the sixth over­all pick on In­di­ana winger Grif­fin Dorsey, a U.S. un­der20 in­ter­na­tional.

Mon­treal and Van­cou­ver had pre­vi­ously traded away their first-round picks in deals for for­wards Maxi Ur­ruti and Kei Ka­mara, re­spec­tively.

The Im­pact used their se­cond-round pick (34th over­all) to take Mary­land’s Amar Se­jdic. The 22-year-old Ger­man-born mid­fielder had 22 goals and 16 as­sists in four sea­sons with the Ter­rap­ins.

Van­cou­ver took Ge­orge­town de­fender Brendan McDonough with the next pick (35th over­all). A North Carolina na­tive, the 22-year-old Hoyas cap­tain spent time train­ing in Ger­many.

Toronto took Uni­ver­sity of Louisville mid­fielder Adam Wil­son with its se­cond-round pick (39th over­all). The 21-year-old Scot, who played two years at the Uni­ver­sity of Cincin­nati be­fore mov­ing to Louisville, is a prod­uct of the Glas­gow Rangers academy.

Mont­gomery, a left-sided cen­tre back, played 73 games in four years for the 49ers. He was the Con­fer­ence USA de­fender of the year, a first team all-Amer­i­can and a semi­fi­nal­ist for the MAC Her­mann Tro­phy awarded to the NCAA player of the year.

“We felt he was a top pick in terms of a cen­tre back at the Com­bine ... a player that we feel can have a ca­reer in the league,” said FC Dal­las head coach Luchi Gon­za­lez.

St. Clair, 21, who has rep­re­sented Canada at the un­der-20 level, did not con­cede a goal dur­ing the NCAA tour­na­ment as the Ter­rap­ins won the 2018 na­tional cham­pi­onship.

“The first thing that jumps out at you is his sheer ath­leti­cism,” said Min­nesota coach Adrian Heath. “He’s young for a goal­keeper ... but he’s got ev­ery­thing. The peo­ple we spoke to be­lieve he has unbelievable po­ten­tial and at this mo­ment, that’s what it is ... This kid’s got huge up­side.”

Buchanan, who played just two years at Syra­cuse, was one of seven un­der­class­men to sign a Gen­er­a­tion Adi­das con­tract with Ma­jor League Soc­cer, deals that are at­trac­tive to teams be­cause they don’t count against the salary cap.

Buchanan said wait­ing to hear his name called was tough.

“Def­i­nitely. You have a roller-coaster full of emo­tions,” said Buchanan. “You never know what to ex­pect in these drafts. It was very stress­ful, but I’m ex­cited for the fu­ture.”

Fri­day marked the first draft as Toronto FC GM for Ali Cur­tis, who was taken se­cond over­all in 2001 by the now-de­funct Tampa Bay Mutiny.

Two Cana­di­ans were taken in the first round in both 2015 and ’17.

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UNC-Char­lotte de­fender Cal­lum Mont­gomery was drafted fourth over­all by FC Dal­las in the MLS Su­perDraft on Fri­day. Mont­gomery was one of three Cana­di­ans in the top ten.

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