Lantzville player goes fourth over­all to Dal­las

White­caps pick McDonough with 35th se­lec­tion on first day of MLS Su­perDraft

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To chants of “49ers! 49ers!” from his UNC Char­lotte team­mates, Cal­lum Mont­gomery took the podium Fri­day in Chicago after be­ing picked fourth over­all by FC Dal­las in the MLS Su­perDraft.

The B.C.-born cen­tre­back was the high­est-drafted Cana­dian, com­ing three spots after FC Cincin­nati took UCLA mid­fielder Frankie Amaya.

“They didn’t tell me how much my heart would be beat­ing at this mo­ment. I’m just so for­tu­nate to be here,” he said after ac­cept­ing a Toros jersey from league com­mis­sioner Don Gar­ber.

The most pro-ready cen­tre­back in the draft, the 21-year-old Lantzville ath­lete isn’t an au­to­matic starter, but his abil­ity to play left CB made him an at­trac­tive prospect, along with his sta­tus as a Gen­er­a­tion Adi­das player, mean­ing his salary won’t count against the cap.

The for­mer Vic­to­ria High­lander, con­sid­ered a do­mes­tic player in the United States, played 73 games for the Nin­ers, be­ing named a first­team all-Amer­i­can and fin­ish­ing as a semi­fi­nal­ist in the NCAA playerof-the-year race.

The 6-3 for­mer mid­fielder also an­chored a de­fence that reg­is­tered 13 shutouts in 2018, in­clud­ing a 1,000-plus-minute score­less stretch.

Mary­land goal­keeper Dayne St. Clair was the sev­enth pick by Min­nesota United FC, with the Pick­er­ing, Ont., na­tive help­ing the Ter­rap­ins to an NCAA cham­pi­onship ti­tle in De­cem­ber.

He wasn’t beaten in five tour­na­ment games, a span of more than 500 min­utes.

Bramp­ton’s Ta­jon Buchanan was the third Cana­dian se­lected in the top 10, go­ing ninth over­all to the New Eng­land Rev­o­lu­tion. The Syra­cuse Orange­men mid­fielder dropped sur­pris­ingly far in the draft, as he had been con­sid­ered a po­ten­tial No. 1 over­all pick.

SFU se­nior and team cap­tain Ma­madi Ca­mara went in the second round, 46th over­all to the San Jose Earthquakes. The 23-year-old winger ended his SFU ca­reer with 29 goals and 20 as­sists in 69 games and leaves as the 14th-high­est scorer in school his­tory, and took the Clan to the NCAA tour­na­ment three times.

Ca­mara, a Mon­treal na­tive, was named the 2018 GNAC Player of the Year fol­low­ing a sea­son where he scored nine goals and added 13 as­sists.

WHITE­CAPS PICK A HOYA

Alphonso Davies has moved to Ger­many to play soc­cer. In high school, Bren­dan McDonough moved to Ger­many to play soc­cer.

A ten­u­ous con­nec­tion? You bet. But when you’re talk­ing about the 35th over­all pick in the MLS Su­perDraft, you’re go­ing to be reaching a bit to find an in­ter­est­ing fac­toid.

The White­caps took the Ge­orge­town Hoyas de­fender with their first pick of the draft, a sec­on­dround se­lec­tion, adding the 6-2, 190-pound full­back to the ros­ter. He tied for third-fastest time (4.01) in the shut­tle run agility test at the MLS com­bine last week.

McDonough spent 2013 in Ger­many — he speaks Ger­man flu­ently, un­like Davies — playing for Freie Turn­er­schaft Braun­schweig and Ein­tra­cht Braun­schweig.

He re­turned to fin­ish his high school years at Char­lotte Catholic be­fore spend­ing four years at Ge­orge­town, where he led the Hoyas to a 13-5-3 reg­u­lar sea­son and a Big East ti­tle this past sea­son.

McDonough was a second-team all-East Re­gion se­lec­tion and a second-team all Big East se­lec­tion in 2018. The Hoyas had a leaguebest 10 shutouts in 2018, and McDonough’s lone goal of the sea­son was the game-win­ner in the Big East cham­pi­onship game.

Also of note: His fam­ily is steeped in pro sports con­nec­tions.

His father, Terry, is vice-pres­i­dent of player per­son­nel for the Ari­zona Car­di­nals. His late grand­fa­ther, Will, was a colum­nist and sports re­porter for the Bos­ton Globe, CBS Sports and NBC Sports.

His un­cle Ryan was the gen­eral man­ager of the Phoenix Suns up un­til this past Oc­to­ber, while his other un­cle is an ESPN playby-play an­nouncer who has also worked with CBS Sports and was the TV voice of the Bos­ton Red Sox.

The Caps also have the 83rd pick in the draft.

KOCH LANDS BIG HAUL

For­mer White­caps FC2 coach Alan Koch has been the busiest man­ager at the Su­perDraft, with 10 picks to work with.

It’s a re­source the FC Cincin­nati coach val­ues more than most MLS teams, as he traded away po­ten­tially $200,000 in gen­eral al­lo­ca­tion money to the Philadel­phia Union to se­cure all their draft picks.

Cincin­nati picked first over­all, tak­ing the afore­men­tioned Amaya, a smart pick con­sid­er­ing his tal­ent, Gen­er­a­tion Adi­das sta­tus, and po­ten­tial value as a fu­ture trade as­set, since he would be con­sid­ered a do­mes­tic player in Mex­ico.

Koch has a rep­u­ta­tion as a bit of a scout­ing sa­vant, a role that served him well in Van­cou­ver. He iden­ti­fied Tim Parker for the White­caps in 2015, and they used the 13th pick to take a player who has de­vel­oped into a national team stal­wart and just helped the New York Red Bulls to the Sup­port­ers’ Shield.

And it’s no sur­prise he traded for goal­keeper Spencer Richey, who was on loan with Cincin­nati last sea­son, as he urged the Caps to take him in the same draft as Parker.

Koch used the lucky No. 13 pick Fri­day on an­other de­fender, Wake For­est’s Lo­gan Gdula, then traded the No. 16 and No. 25 picks to the Red Bulls for $100,000 in GAM, be­fore tak­ing mid­fielder Tommy McCabe (29th), and goal­keep­ers Jimmy Hague (30th) and Ben Lundt (37th).

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UNC-Char­lotte de­fender Cal­lum Mont­gomery, from Lantzville, was se­lected fourth over­all in the MLS Su­perDraft Fri­day by FC Dal­las. He is one of three Cana­di­ans cho­sen in the first 10 picks an­nounced in Chicago.

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