Chicago and Philadelphia dominate 2016 MLS SuperDraft as Jack Harrison goes #1

Published Thursday, January 14, 2016 12:43 PM by William Montero
Chicago and Philadelphia dominate 2016 MLS SuperDraft as Jack Harrison goes #1

The 2016 MLS SuperDraft was all about the Chicago Fire and Philadelphia Union as the two teams held five of the opening six picks in the draft.  Jack Harrison went to Chicago with the #1 overall selection.  The Fire held the #1 and #5 picks while the Union owned the #2, #3 and #6 selections. Both sides looked intent on stockpiling some good young talent for the future.

It was the Chicago Fire who owned the 1st overall pick though.  Looking for help in the midfield the Fire selected Jack Harrison a midfielder from Wake Forest University.  Harrison is a former youth product of Manchester United before a stellar freshman season at Wake Forest where he was the only freshman in the land to make all three All American squads.  In 21 college games he notched 8 goals to go along with 11 assists. Harrison is a member of this year's Generation Addidas class which means he will not count against the salary cap until he has played a certain amount of minutes. The Fire then turned around and traded Harrison to NYCFC for allocation money.

Then it was time for the Philadelphia Union to dominate with three of the next five picks in the MLS SuperDraft.  The Union are in need of help after a disapointing 2015 that saw them go 10-17-7 and finish with the 2nd lowest point total in the MLS.

At #2 & #3 Philadelphia Georgetown University teammates Joshua Yaro & Keegan Rosenberry. Defender Yaro went #2 followed by fellow defender Rosenberry.  The duo led a Georgetown defense that posted nine shutouts last season and could form a long term partnership for the Union on the backline.

The Chicago Fire were up again at #4 where they selected Stanford's Brandon Vincent who is training with Jurgen Klinsmann and the US National Team ahead of friendlies with Canada and Iceland.  Real Salt Lake took North Carolina midfielder Omar Holness at #5 before another Generation Adidas product was selected by the Union in Fabian Herbers.