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Virginia Tech’s Pereira becomes Austin’s first-ever draft pick

Friday22 January 2021 | 11:09
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MLS’ newcomers, Austin FC, opted to pick Daniel Pereira instead of Clemson's Philip Makaya and Wake Forest's Calvin Harris on Thursday.

Although the central midfielder was surprised to hear his name called first overall,

Austin

FC’s

boss,

Josh Wolff

, says they believe they have the draft's best player in both the short and long term.

“Danny is a very good player and has good potential," Wolff said. "He plays a number of positions in the midfield, he’s very comfortable between lines. We’ve picked up a player who is ready to come in and play in MLS but also has room to grow. He’s a hungry, humble player.”

Pereira

added:

“I wasn't really expecting to be No. 1 because of all the mock drafts, it’s an honor, I’m really happy. My family is crying, it’s a moment I’ll never forget.”

The Venezulean, who had six goals and six assists in 26 matches during his college career, will join former New York City FC captain, Alex Ring, ex-New England Revolution midfielder, Diego Fagundez, and Ulises Segura in Austin’s midfield.

“For the way we want to play, we felt he fit a lot of the needs we’ll expect in that part of the field,"

Wolff said.

FC Cincinnati

opted to sign English striker,

Harris

, for the second overall pick. The Englishman scored 10 goals and set up five more during his two seasons with Wake.

Colorado Rapids

were lucky enough to have

Makaya

as their draft pick, who was hailed as the draft's most complete midfielder all through the buildup to the draft. The

Rapids

got the chance to draft the Kenyan midfielder after trading up with the

Houston Dynamo

earlier in the day.

“Philip is an explosive midfield talent who’s demonstrated great ability on both sides of the ball,”

said

Rapids

general manager

Padriag Smith

“We’ve shown our commitment to developing young players and believe Philip has the qualities to thrive in this league.”

Highly-rated defenders

Ethan Barlow

and

Bret Halse

joined the

Houston Dynamo

and

Real Salt Lake

, respectively, while Georgetown's

Derek Dodson

ended up in

Orlando

, Akron's

David Egbo

will head to Vancouver to join the

Whitecaps

and

Inter Miami

added Indiana forward

Josh Penn

.


source: SportMob