FC Cincy have officially made their first expansion draft picks ever. Boy, were they wrong. I'm no official reporter, so I don't care about biases. This website was made BY fans, FOR fans. I'm going to speak my mind. Cincinnati got it wrong. Bad. Here's how it should have went down.
1. Darren Mattocks. This is the only trade Cincinnati got right. Darren Mattocks from DC United. In 2018, he scored 10 goals. He's fast, he's a striker, and he has firepower left in him. Just like MLS says about him, since Wayne Rooney has arrived to DCU, Mattocks has only had his minutes go down, so the move was in good taste.
2. Sacha Kljestan. This one should've been a no-brainer. I can see it beautifully, Kljestan bossing the midfield as he slides the ball right to Mattocks for the shot. Sacha has the in-game know-how not many others do and has held he captain's armband multiple times. The only downside to Sacha is his age. He's getting up there. But I still think he has some years left in him before he calls it quits, and it's important to get as much potential out of him as possibly before he hangs up his boots.
3. Quillan Roberts. Look, I know Quillan hasn't had the best of years recently. But what he needs, is game time. That's what he's been lacking. Minutes. Quillan Roberts is young for a new GK. Currently, the only GK Cincinnati has is Spencer Richey who isn't that old, but he's the only one. Cincinnati did not even look at the goalkeepers here as a next chain in command for the posts. I think by not taking Quillan Roberts, FC Cincinnati really missed out on a diamond in the rough.
4. Quincy Amarikwa. Quincy, Quincy, Quincy. He knows the game. He knows the style of plays. He knows the ins and he knows the outs. He knows what to do and how to do it at all times. He has one of the strongest mentalities in MLS. He is a big name player that people like to watch in MLS. He has the locker room knowledge that would've really benefited Cincinnati if they got him. Overall, it's his mentality that makes him stand apart. Could you imagine a Quincy x Sacha duo? Oh my god, I would love that.
5. Alvas Powell. Finishing it off, Powell was another missed diamond tucked under the dirt. Look at his 2018, Alvas Powell was in the MLS Cup final, he scored one goal in four games which is not bad for a defender, if anything it shows that he has the fighter in him that can get up top when needed, and he's JUST 24. Should Powell get more time on the field, he can really mold himself into a household name in Cincinnati.
This is how Cincy's draft should have went. None of this trading Kei Kamara to Colorado for some money. Money always comes and goes and with the breakout year they are projected to have, they would have made Kei Kamara's money back in two games. It's smart to acquire money, but with the fans and players and incoming MLS revenue, they would have made it regardless. When you are choosing the top five players from the league to start and bolster your first ever MLS team, you have to make the most of the five choices. No money grabs. You get players, and when done right....good players.