Joao Moutinho - LAFC
Andy Mead

LAFC selects Moutinho at No. 1 in MLS SuperDraft 2018 presented by adidas

Los Angeles FC select Joao Moutinho of Akron with expansion team’s first No. 1 pick in MLS SuperDraft 2018 presented by adidas
LAFC trades to select Tristan Blackmon third overall, after LA Galaxy pick Tomas Hilliard-Arce second
 
PHILADELPHIA (Friday, January 19, 2018) – Expansion club Los Angeles Football Club made history Friday, selecting defender Joao Moutinho with the first overall selection in MLS SuperDraft 2018 presented by adidas at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
 
Moutinho became the second player in MLS SuperDraft history selected from the University of Akron with the first pick overall, the first since Steve Zakuani was taken No. 1 overall in 2009 by expansion club Seattle Sounders FC. He is the first native of Portugal selected first overall in MLS SuperDraft history.
 
LAFC made two selections in the first three picks, making a trade with D.C. United to obtain the third overall selection, which they then used to select Tristan Blackmon of the Univ. of the Pacific. In between, crosstown rival LA Galaxy chose Stanford Univ. defender Tomas Hilliard-Arce with the second selection overall, marking the first time in MLS SuperDraft history defenders were taken with the first three picks overall.
 
Moutinho was one of two members of Generation adidas selected in the top five selections. FC Dallas acquired the No. 4 selection from the Montréal Impact on draft day, which they then used to pick Francis Atuahene from the Univ. of Michigan as the second Generation adidas player chosen.
 
Minnesota United FC were very active in the first round, making four trades in all. Last year’s expansion club originally held the No. 5 overall selection, which they traded to the Chicago Fire, who selected Jon Bakero out of Wake Forest Univ., the winner of the 2017 MAC Hermann Trophy and the 2018 MLS Player Combine Tom Fitzgerald Most Valuable Player. MNUFC also received the No. 15 overall pick in return, using it to select defender Wyatt Omsberg (Dartmouth College).
 
MNUFC then made two trades to obtain selections later in the round, getting the No. 7 selection from the Montréal Impact and then picking Mason Toye (Generation adidas; Indiana Univ.), then the No. 23 selection from Toronto FC, which they used to pick Carter Manley (Duke Univ.). In all, six trades were made on draft day involving eight total selections.
 
Three schools had two players selected in the first round: Duke Univ., Wake Forest Univ. and the Univ. of Wisconsin – who saw two players taken in the top 10 selections overall (Chris Mueller, No. 6, Orlando City SC; Mark Segbers, No. 9, New England Revolution).
 
Four goalkeepers were taken in the first round, the most ever in the opening round in MLS SuperDraft history, the first Eric Dick of Butler Univ. by Sporting Kansas City with the 13th overall selection.
 
Players from 32 colleges and universities were represented in the 46 selections overall, led by Duke Univ. and Univ. of Wisconsin with three each. There were also players selected from 10 different countries: USA, Costa Rica, England, France, Germany, Ghana, Ireland, Norway, Portugal, Spain.
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A round-by-round summary of the 2018 SuperDraft follows:
 
 
ROUND 1
 
#       TEAM      PLAYER           POS.      HT       WT       DOB           HOMETOWN                 CLUB/COLLEGE
1.         LFC             Joao Moutinho*           DF         6-0        156         01/12/1998      Lisbon, Portugal                    Univ. of Akron
2.         LA                Tomas Hilliard-Arce    DF         6-1        175         11/22/1995      Matthews, N.C.                      Stanford Univ.
3.         LFC %        Tristan Blackmon        DF         6-1        170         08/12/1996      Las Vegas, Nev.                    Univ. of the Pacific
4.         DAL #          Francis Atuahene*      MF         5-9        170         06/08/1996      Accra, Ghana                         Univ. of Michigan
5.         CHI @         Jon Bakero                  FW        6-3        185         11/05/1996      Sitges, Spain                         Wake Forest Univ.
6.         ORL            Chris Mueller               FW        5-9        160         08/29/1996      Schaumburg, Ill.                    Univ. of Wisconsin
7.         MIN &          Mason Toye*               FW        6-3        180         10/16/1998      South Orange, N.J.                Indiana Univ.
8.         NE               Brandon Bye                DF         6-0        175         11/29/1995      Portage, Mich.                       Western Michigan Univ.
9.         NE               Mark Segbers             FW        5-9        158         04/18/1996      St. Louis, Mo.                         Univ. of Wisconsin
10.       CHI >          Mo Adams*                  MF         5-6        165         09/23/1996      Nottingham, England            Syracuse Univ.
11.       DAL             Ema Twumasi*            FW        5-8        160         05/18/1997      Accra, Ghana                         Wake Forest Univ.
12.       SJ                Paul Marie                    DF         5-8        142         03/24/1995      Saint-Aubin-des-Bois, France       Florida International Univ.
13.       KC               Eric Dick                      GK         6-5        205         10/03/1994      Carmel, Ind.                           Butler Univ.
14.       ATL             Jon Gallagher             FW        5-9        158         02/23/1996      Dundalk, Ireland                    Univ. of Notre Dame
15.       MIN @        Wyatt Omsberg           DF         6-4        180         09/21/1995      Scarborough, Maine              Dartmouth College
16.       NYR            Brian White                 FW       5-11       180         03/03/1996      Flemington, N.J.                    Duke Univ.
17.       VAN             Justin Fiddes               DF        5-11       160         01/03/1996      San Diego, Calif.                    Univ. of Washington
18.       KC               Graham Smith             DF         6-3        186         11/25/1995      Highlands Ranch, Colo.       Univ. of Denver
19.       NYC            Jeff Caldwell                GK         6-2        190         02/20/1996      Todd, N.C.                              Univ. of Virginia
20.       HOU            Michael Nelson           GK         6-4        180         02/10/1995      Katy, Texas                            Southern Methodist Univ.
21.       CLB             Ben Lundgaard           GK         6-5        200         09/25/1995      Greenville, Del.                      Virginia Polytechnic Institute
22.       SEA             Alex Roldan                 MF        5-10       155         07/28/1996      Pico Rivera, Calif.                  Seattle Univ.
23.       MIN +          Carter Manley              DF        5-11       170         04/29/1996      Elkridge, Md.                          Duke Univ.
 
* Generation adidas
 
% DC trade No. 3 overall selection in 2018 to LFC for $100,000 targeted allocation money and $100,000 general allocation money
# MTL trade No. 4 overall selection in 2018 to DAL for $200,000 targeted allocation money
@ MIN trade No. 5 overall selection in 2018 to CHI for $100,000 targeted allocation money and $75,000 general allocation money, No. 15 overall selection in 2018 and future considerations
& MTL trade No. 7 overall selection in 2018 to MIN for $150,000 targeted allocation money
> RSL trade No. 10 overall selection in 2018 to CHI for $85,000 general allocation money
+ TOR trade No. 23 overall selection in 2018 to MIN for $50,000 targeted allocation money and No. 28 overall selection in 2018
 
ROUND 2
 
#       TEAM      PLAYER           POS.      HT       WT       DOB           HOMETOWN                 CLUB/COLLEGE
24.       LFC             Pol Calvet Planellas    MF         5-7        160         04/19/1994      Barcelona, Spain                   Univ. of Pittsburgh
25.       COL            Alan Winn                    FW       5-11       162         02/18/1996      Garland, Texas                      Univ. of North Carolina
26.       VAN             Lucas Stauffer             DF         5-6        168         04/21/1995      Owensboro, Ky.                     Creighton Univ.
27.       COL            Frandtzy Pierrot          FW        6-4        205         03/29/1995      Boston, Mass.                        Coastal Carolina Univ.
28.       TOR +         Tim Kubel                     DF         5-9        162         07/12/1993      Stuttgart, Germany                Univ. of Louisville
29.       DAL             Mauro Cichero            FW        6-3        175         08/01/1995      Norman, Okla.                       Southern Methodist Univ.
30.       SJ                Danny Musovski         FW        6-0        170         11/30/1995      Henderson, Nev.                   Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas
31.       NYR            Niko DeVera                DF         5-5        150         07/23/1996      Camas, Wash.                       Univ. of Akron
32.       CLB             Edward Opoku*          FW        5-7        140         08/01/1996      Millbrook, N.Y.                       Univ. of Virginia
33.       RSL             Ricky Lopez-Espin      MF         6-2        200         12/02/1995      Miami, Fla.                             Creighton Univ.
34.       DAL             Chris Lema                  MF        5-10       160         08/05/1996      Ridgefield, N.J.                      Georgetown Univ.
35.       SJ                Mohamed Thiaw         FW        6-2        176         01/24/1995      Lexington, Ky.                        Univ. of Louisville
36.       ATL             Oliver Shannon           MF         6-0        170         09/12/1995      Liverpool, England                Clemson Univ.
37.       ATL             Gordon Wild*              FW       5-10       172         10/16/1995      Leonberg, Germany              Univ. of Maryland
38.       CHI              Diego Campos            MF        5-10       165         10/01/1995      San Jose, Costa Rica            Clemson Univ.
39.       NYR            Tom Barlow                 FW        6-2        185         07/08/1995      St. Louis, Mo.                         Univ. of Wisconsin
40.       LA                Drew Skundrich           MF        5-11       165         09/17/1995      Lancaster, Pa.                        Stanford Univ.
41.       MIN             Xavier Gomez             MF        5-10       150         11/21/1994      Chicago, Ill.                            Univ. of Nebraska Omaha
42.       NYC            AJ Paterson                 DF         6-2        182         01/31/1996      Key Largo, Fla.                      Wright State Univ.
43.       HOU            Mac Steeves               FW        6-4        215         07/31/1994      Needham, Mass.                   Providence College
44.       CLB             Jake Rozhansky          MF         5-9        145         07/04/1996      Germantown, Md.                  Univ. of Maryland
45.       SEA             Markus Fjortoft            DF         6-5        205         01/12/1994      Asker, Norway                       Duke Univ.
46.       TOR            Drew Shepherd           GK         6-3        205         12/25/1994      Ann Arbor, Mich.                    Western Michigan Univ.
 
TEAM-BY-TEAM SELECTIONS:
 
Atlanta United (3): Jon Gallagher (14); Oliver Shannon (36); Gordon Wild (37)
Chicago Fire (3): Jon Bakero (5); Mo Adams (10); Diego Campos (38)
Colorado Rapids (2): Alan Winn (25); Frandtzy Pierrot (27)
Columbus Crew SC (3): Ben Lundgaard (21); Edward Opoku (32); Jake Rozhansky (44)
D.C. United (0)
FC Dallas (4): Francis Atuahene (4); Ema Twumasi (11); Mauro Cichero (29); Chris Lema (34)
Houston Dynamo (2): Michael Nelson (20); Mac Steeves (43)
Sporting Kansas City (2): Eric Dick (13); Graham Smith (18)
LA Galaxy (2): Tomas Hilliard-Arce (2); Drew Skundrich (40)
Los Angeles FC (3): Joao Moutinho (1); Tristan Blackmon (3); Pol Calvet Planellas (24)
Minnesota United FC (4): Mason Toye (7); Wyatt Omsberg (15); Carter Manley (23); Xavier Gomez (41)
Montréal Impact (0)
New England Revolution (2): Brandon Bye (8); Mark Segbers (9)
New York Red Bulls (3): Brian White (16); Niko deVera (31); Tom Barlow (39)
New York City FC (2): Jeff Caldwell (19); AJ Paterson (42)
Orlando City SC (1): Chris Mueller (6)
Philadelphia Union (0)
Portland Timbers (0)
Real Salt Lake (1): Ricky Lopez-Espin (33)
San Jose Earthquakes (3): Paul Marie (12); Danny Musovski (30); Mohamed Thiaw (35)
Seattle Sounders FC (2): Alex Roldan (22); Markus Fjortoft (45)
Toronto FC (2): Tim Kubel (28); Drew Shepherd (46)
Vancouver Whitecaps FC (2): Justin Fiddes (17); Lucas Stauffer (26)
 
 
COLLEGE-BY-COLLEGE SELECTIONS:
 
Univ. of Akron (2): Niko deVera; Joao Moutinho
Butler Univ. (1): Eric Dick
Clemson Univ. (2): Diego Campos; Oliver Shannon
Coastal Carolina Univ. (1): Frandtzy Pierrot
Creighton Univ. (2): Ricky Lopez-Espin, Lucas Stauffer
Dartmouth College (1): Wyatt Omsberg
Univ. of Denver (1): Graham Smith
Duke Univ. (3): Markus Fjortoft; Carter Manley; Brian White
Florida International Univ. (1): Paul Marie
Georgetown Univ. (1): Chris Lema
Indiana Univ. (1): Mason Toye
Univ. of Louisville (2): Tim Kubel; Mohamed Thiaw
Univ. of Maryland (2): Jake Rozhansky; Gordon Wild
Univ. of Michigan (1): Francis Atuahene
Univ. of Nebraska Omaha (1): Xavier Gomez
Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas (1): Danny Musovski
Univ. of North Carolina (1): Alan Winn
Univ. of Notre Dame (1): Jon Gallagher
Univ. of the Pacific (1): Tristan Blackmon
Univ. of Pittsburgh (1): Pol Calvet Planellas
Providence College (1): Mac Steeves
Seattle Univ. (1): Alex Roldan
Southern Methodist Univ. (2): Mauro Cichero; Michael Nelson
Stanford Univ. (2): Tomas Hilliard-Arce; Drew Skundrich
Syracuse Univ. (1): Mo Adams
Univ. of Virginia (2): Jeff Caldwell; Edward Opoku
Virginia Tech Univ. (1): Ben Lundgaard
Wake Forest Univ. (2): Jon Bakero, Ema Twumasi
Univ. of Washington (1): Justin Fiddes
Western Michigan Univ. (2): Brandon Bye; Drew Shepherd
Univ. of Wisconsin (3): Tom Barlow; Chris Mueller, Mark Segbers
Wright State Univ. (1): AJ Paterson

 

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