The UConn-to-Major League Soccer pipeline has been strong in recent years.
Andre Blake, the No. 1 overall pick in 2014, stars at goalkeeper for the Philadelphia Union. Cyle Larin, a No. 1 pick himself in 2015, tore it up at forward with Orlando City before leaving for Turkish club Beşiktaş. Jake Nerwinski, a right back, has emerged as a starter for the Vancouver Whitecaps, after being picked No. 7 overall in 2017.
While a bonafide star likely isn't around in 2019, the Huskies' presence should be strong yet again. After all, 37 alums have been selected throughout the history of MLS.
At the Combine – held Jan. 3-9 in Orlando, Fla. – three UConn players were part the 60 initial invitees. Outside back Dylan Greenberg, center back Jacob Hauser-Ramsey and forward Abdou Mbacke Thiam were all picked ahead of the 2019 SuperDraft, held. Jan. 11 in Chicago, Ill.
The UConn trio will compete in three scrimmages, interview and complete fitness tests before all 24 MLS clubs. But what do they all bring to the table? New England Soccer Journal explored each player's strengths and weaknesses below in greater detail.