Red Bulls Add Two Forwards, One Defender, In MLS SuperDraft
The New York Red Bulls made three selections in the first two rounds of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft on Friday afternoon at the Philadelphia Convention Center.
With the 16th overall pick of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft, the New York Red Bulls selected Duke product Brian White. Following White, New York selected Niko De Vera (31st overall) and Tom Barlow (39th overall), respectively, in the second round.
White is the third player out of Duke that New York has selected in franchise history, previously picking Brian Kelly (15th overall, 1997) and Blake Camp (41st overall, 2006).
The draft will conclude with rounds three and four on Sunday, January 21.
Forward * 5-11 * 180 lbs. * Flemington, N.J.
White, a two-time All-ACC second-team choice, earned his first All-America Third Team honors after leading the Blue Devils in scoring with 10 goals and two assists for 22 points in 2017. A four-year standout at Duke, he played in all but one match (73 of 74) and started in 63 of 74 as a Blue Devil. The Flemington, New Jersey, native was top-five on the team in points at Duke, accruing 57 points on 23 goals and 11 assists.
White and current New York Red Bulls midfielder Sean Davis were teammates during the 2014 season at Duke.
White is also a familiar face with New York as he competed for the Premier Development League side this past Summer, scoring 17 goals along with three assists. The 5-foot-11 forward was named the PDL's MVP for his performances over the course of the 2017 season.
Niko De Vera
Defender * 5-5 * 180 lbs. * Camas, Wash.
De Vera, a three-year letter winner at Akron and a Portland Timbers Academy product, had his best season during his senior campaign, earning All-MAC honors as a second-team honoree. The Camas, Washington, native started all 23 matches during his senior campaign and tallied four assists as a defender.
Forward * 6-2 * 185 lbs. * St. Louis, Mo.
Barlow was an immediate impact at Wisconsin when he arrived as a freshman in 2014. Over four seasons, the 6-foot-2 forward started all but two games as a Badger (76 of 78). Barlow collected Big Ten All-Freshman honors in 2014 and recorded 23 goals on 151 shots, 15 assists, 61 points, 10 game-winnings goals and 6413 minutes in Cardinal and White. He led the Big Ten in scoring with 10 goals during his senior campaign.