News in Brief: MLS Draft, Atlanta Adds Barco, and More

by on 22 January 2018

Minnesota adding players

Minnesota United FC added several players through the draft, with the first selection being forward Mason Toye from Indiana University. Toye impressed last year, as The Hoosier Network discussed on a recent podcast. Jeff Rueter reported that Minnesota will be bringing St. Thomas player Shae Bottum in as a trialist as well. Andy Greder reported that Minnesota was one of several MLS clubs looking into acquiring Atlanta United winger Yamil Asad. Minnesota’s roster is near being full, but the club has yet to sign any clear first-team players.

Brandon Bye drafted by New England

The former Minneapolis City SC player was selected eighth overall by the New England Revolution. He spoke briefly with the media after being drafted, taking the time to answer several questions, including how he’ll handle the cold of the Northeast.

Atlanta United make marquee signing

Atlanta United finalized the long-reported signing of Ezequiel Barco. The youngster joins what was already one of the most potent attacks in the league, and could create a new benchmark for signings in MLS.

News bits

Sinisa Ubiparipovic questions where older players who aren’t up to MLS-level soccer will play now that the NASL seems to be dying.

Several of MLS’ biggest stars fielded questions on Media Day.

Ola Kamara and Gyasi Zardes were swapped by their teams

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