Good morning and welcome to MLS SuperDraft day! We’ll have a full preview and live thread coming up in a little bit; until then, feel the warmth of the official start of the 2021 MLS season, which begins today.
Anyways, to the links:
What Hernan Losada plans to bring as DC United head coach | Charles Boehm
D.C. United’s new head coach has been making the media rounds, and I’ve been liking what I’ve been hearing. It sounds like a new direction for the team, and getting a young coach who is hungry to prove himself is another plus. Hopefully it doesn’t burst into flames, but they should at least be interesting flames if it does.
As first reported by @ByDougMcIntyre, Paul Arriola is a Swansea City loan target. It would be through end of Championship season in May. Still unclear when MLS season would start. "Possible but not quite close," one DCU contact says of loan proposal. "Concept still." https://t.co/oHos62tvwd— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) January 20, 2021
A loan until May could make a lot of sense and keep Arriola in top shape, though he would miss any preseason training with his new coach. I personally think that late April is about the time that MLS will be starting anyways, so Arriola wouldn’t miss too many games, though he’s still one of D.C. United’s most important players.
And, as we all know, loans can always end up into permanent transfers...
Final 2021 Major League Soccer Mock Draft
Most of the mock drafts out there, including this one from our friends at Top Drawer Soccer, have D.C. United taking a defender. Which, I mean, yeah, that makes sense; the team was dramatically short on them last year.
How MLS clubs use the SuperDraft
Styles range from the Philadelphia Union’s “trade all our picks and invest in homegrowns” to the more draft reliant FC Cincinnati and Minnesota United.
Episode 1 -— Diaspora United (@DiasporaUtdPod) January 20, 2021
Courtney and André chat about Crystal Dunn’s performance, stan Lynn Williams, #FREEMIDGE, and react to Catarina Macario’s debut.
In the second half we’re joined by @hiyakaiya for a conversation on kneeling and the toll of not being supported.https://t.co/QHii9HTszm
Andre talks with Kaiya McCullough on the first episode of his new podcast!
The national team ones don’t amuse me as much as this tbh pic.twitter.com/IgUXyO70wL— Arielle Castillo (@ariellec) January 20, 2021
Ahhh, the 2010 D.C. United roster was a piece of art. So nice of them to pose with a Philadelphia Union fan.
That’s all I’ve got, what’s up?