Choices are open for a way FC Cincinnati makes use of the primary choose in subsequent Friday’s Main League Soccer SuperDraft, Head Coach Alan Koch mentioned Friday afternoon in Orlando, Florida.
Koch and the membership’s technical workers are attending the 2019 MLS Participant Mix. Whereas there, FCC may discover future gamers to draft or a membership to probably commerce the No. 1 choose with.
“We’re getting ready for all eventualities,” the coach mentioned. “Can we preserve the choose, after which what can we do with that choose? Or can we make ourselves open to potential trades? We’re right here to (scout) each single participant. We’re open to all types of prospects as we undergo this course of and simply attempt to maximize our time whereas we’re down right here.”
Choices aren’t restricted to holding or buying and selling the choose, both.
With the highest choose, FC Cincinnati units the tone for what follows. For the first-year MLS franchise, that would imply selecting the very best total participant. That might additionally imply selecting somebody to supply depth at a sure place or change into a developmental participant for the long run.
“It is determined by the state of affairs,” Koch mentioned. “You don’t should make any selections till draft time and also you’re on the clock, however we’re taking a look at gamers and have a good suggestion of what positions they could play.
“We even have a rating too. We’ve ranked gamers from one to all the best way right down to who’s the very best participant obtainable. We’ve some concepts presently, however we don’t should make any selections till we’re placed on the clock.”
On Friday, coaches and scouts watched gamers take part in several agility exams. In addition they interviewed gamers. On Saturday, they watched two matches at Orlando Metropolis Stadium, the place gamers have been cut up into 4 groups. The subsequent set of video games arrive Wednesday morning.
“You don’t get to see these gamers stay on a regular basis,” Koch mentioned. “It was wonderful standing there with Hunter (Freeman), Luke (Sassano), (Pa-Modou Kah) and Jack (Stern) and placing faces to names as a result of for lots of us, primarily myself, most of those guys have simply been names. Now we get the chance to see the gamers stay.”
Freeman is a group scout who’s overseen a lot of FCC’s draft scouting. Sassano is the membership Technical Director, who will assist Koch make draft choices, whereas Kah and Stern are on the teaching workers.
Koch mentioned watching the gamers throughout the two scrimmages permits for him to higher perceive gamers, their taking part in fashion on and off the ball and helps give FCC a greater thought of its method heading towards the MLS SuperDraft.