Brad Dunwell - Combine - Houston Dynamo
Andy Mead

2019 MLS SuperDraft: Storylines from Rounds 3 & 4

After a busy first two rounds of the 2019 MLS SuperDraft on Friday, the annual event concluded on Monday with Rounds 3 & 4. Of the 48 selections, 27 picks were used. The LA Galaxy had three of the day's first 12 picks, though passed on using them. Once a team passes, they forgo their remaining selections if they have any.

FC Cincinnati got the day underway by selecting Rashawn Dally with the first pick of the third round (No. 49), a midfielder from Quinnipiac. They then passed on their two remaining picks, gathered from their unprecedented trade with the Philadelphia Union in which FCC acquired all of Philly's SuperDraft picks. 

The Houston Dynamo selected Brad Dunwell, a four-year starter for Wake Forest at defensive mid and Travis Clark's top senior prospect heading into the draft, with the No. 56 pick.

Javi Perez, who arrived in the country through David Villa's DV7 Academy after a decorated youth academy upbringing with Valencia, was selected by LAFC with the No. 64 overall pick. He speaks to the former New York City FC and Spanish legend regularly. 

The New York Red Bulls continued their trend of selecting local college talent, landing Rashid Nuhu, a goalkeeper from Fordham, located in the Bronx, with the No. 70 pick then Sean McSherry, a midfielder from Princeton University with the No. 78 pick. With their third pick of the day, the Red Bulls went out of their local area to grab Joey Piatczyc, a midfielder from West Virginia. Piatczyc was a member of Sporting Kansas City's academy.

FC Dallas selected goalkeeper Dylan Castanheira from Columbia with the 16th selection of the fourth round despite the player having already signed for Atlanta United 2. This means Dallas owns Castanheira's MLS rights for two years. Atlanta United passed on making a selection earlier that round. 

University of Memphis midfielder David Zalzman was the final player drafted, the 95th overall pick, by the Portland Timbers. Zalzman spent three of his teenage years at Barcelona's famous La Masia youth academy and will work under fellow Venezuelan Gio Savarese. 

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