The 2019 MLS SuperDraft has come and gone, and with it some truths have emerged about the annual event.
Its comprehensive value is diminishing from years past, with 21 of 48 picks in the third and fourth rounds resulting in a "pass." Outside of the top few picks, there are fewer sure bets in terms of impacting an MLS roster in the coming season. Most selections are development projects, while the vast majority will land in the USL Championship.
Now, there are several reasons behind this trend. Top youth prospects are going overseas or signing Homegrown Player deals in greater numbers, cutting into the draft-eligible player pool. Then, as teams use Targeted Allocation Money and Designated Player funds more selectively, international roster spots are designated there and younger players may never see the field.
Despite the tides shifting against the SuperDraft, the event doesn't seem to going anywhere for 2020. It's still worth keeping an eye on, so New England Soccer Journal has named 10 prospects with local ties to watch for next year. Potential Homegrown Players weren't included.