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Previewing every Englishman in the 2019 MLS Superdraft

In the initial list of eligible players for the 2019 MLS Superdraft, there were no English players but from the revised list ahead of today’s event, there are nine English players included, which is great news.

Here’s a look at the English prospects.

Dan Bent – Wright State University, Ohio

A defender formerly of Gillingham, Dan Bent is the first Englishmen on the list of eligible players. He started 30 games for Wright State University between 2016 and 2017 and was named Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year in 2017, effectively the best defender in a ten team collegiate league full of teams from the Midwestern states.

Daniel Bruce – University of North Carolina at Charlotte

The midfielder from Cheshire had an impressive pedigree back home in the UK, playing for the England Schoolboys team as well as representing the Cheshire County team. He missed most of 2015 with injure but in the three seasons since, he’s played 57 games, scoring 18 and providing another 12 assists. These impressive stats saw him pick up several individual accolades in 2017.

Johnny Fenwick – High Point University, North Carolina

The defender from Newcastle played for Sheffield Wednesday’s youth teams before moving to the States and also once appeared in Premier League 2 on trial with Middlesbrough U23s. He’s been a consistent performer at the back for High Point and was the team’s captain in 2017 as his side conceded the least amount of goals in their conference.

Max Hemmings – Georgia State University

Hemmings represented the England Independent Schools Football Association under-16 and under-18 teams before moving to the States. The midfielder from Workington was a key player for Georgia State last year as he led the team for points (goals and assists combined) with four goals and five assists.

Leeroy Maguraushe – University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Born in Zimbabwe but raised in Milton Keynes, Maguraushe played for Luton Town before he moved across the Atlantic. From 2015 to 2017, the midfielder contributed 12 goals and 13 assists making him a stand out player for UNCG and he made his league’s team of the season for the third year running in 2017.

Joe Moulden – Butler University, Indiana

Moulden was a hot prospect growing up in the UK. The Bolton-born defender grew up playing for Manchester United and then completed his YTS with Blackpool where he captained the team to the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup. He missed just eight minutes of action during the whole of last year for Butler University.

Daniel Mukuna – University of Michigan

Born in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Makuna moved to the Manchester as a six-year-old and went on to play for Burnley’s academy and later Hyde United. The defender is an imposing presence at the back but also contributed four goals in two years with Michigan having previously been at Campbell University in North Carolina.

Jonny Sutherland – Clemson University, South Carolina

The 24-year-old goalkeeper was highly rated back in the UK, growing up in the Manchester United youth setup and even representing England at youth level. After leaving United he first joined East Tennessee State University for two years were he was goalkeeper of the year in his conference on both occasions. He then moved to Clemson University.

Laurence Wyke – Furman University, South Carolina

Wyke is another former Manchester United player, having been released at the age of 16. Two years later, he moved to Texas to study at Trinity University and after impressing there, he earned a scholarship to Furman University who played in a higher college division. He can play in midfield or defence.


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