Two US Youth Internationals Could End Up In January’s SuperDraft

Two US Youth Internationals Could End Up In January’s SuperDraft

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On November 8, 2013
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  • 2014 MLS SuperDraft, Features
Could Benji Joya make a splash in the MLS SuperDraft? (MexSport)

Could Benji Joya make a splash in the MLS SuperDraft? (MexSport)

I saw this link on MLSSoccer.com yesterday and totally glossed over it until today. I’m glad I went back and looked at it because it had a good nugget of information that regards next year’s SuperDraft.

Former US Under-20 national team players Dani Cuevas and Benji Joya could be headed to MLS next year and if they end up signing before January’s SuperDraft, they’ll likely be two of the top picks in the draft. According to the article, if they sign after January 16, they’ll be placed in a weighted lottery.

Cuevas and Joya both have found opportunities in Santos Laguna’s first team limited this year, with both players missing a significant amount of time with their due to their commitment to Tab Ramos’ US U-20 team.

I know what you are thinking. Both Cuevas and Joya have played professionally before in Mexico, so why would they go the SuperDraft route? My best guess is that MLS knows there is big interest in the two players from several clubs, the article lists four teams but there could very well be more than that. It wouldn’t shock me at all to see the league go the Generation adidas route with both players, which would easily get more club’s attention due to the salary cap exceptions that they would bring.

Still, if one or both sign with the league this winter, it would be a good thing. Next year’s draft pool is already a thin one

 

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