For the second straight year New York City FC and Chicago Fire did some draft-day dealing. And for the second straight year, NYCFC secured a high-level pick.
With the pick, the third overall in the MLS SuperDraft, the Citizens selected Jonathan Lewis, who was the Most Valuable Player at the recent MLS Combine. The University of Akron freshman and Generation adidas class midfielder recorded two goals and 12 assists in 2016. Lewis was a member of the U.S U-20 Men’s National Team Camp, which was called in the build-up to the 2017 CONCACAF U20 Championship.
New York City traded $250,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM) to Chicago for the Fire’s third overall pick.
NYCFC also drafted Kwame Awuah following a trade of $75,000 in GAM with Seattle Sounders. The 21-year old Toronto native can play defense or midfield and started all 19 games for the University of Connecticut as a senior, scoring two goals and seven assists.
In the second round, New York City drafted Jalen Brown out of Xavier University. During his four years at Xavier, Brown was part of 45 victories for the Musketeers earning seven Big East Conference honors, including two rookie honors in his freshman season and a Big East All-Tournament Team selection in 2014.
Brown started 14 and 19 games in his junior and senior years and finished with 14 career goals (included five match-winners) and eight assists.