It’s that time of year again as the first two rounds of the 2019 MLS SuperDraft have now been completed. The Houston Dynamo held the 8th overall pick and were able to acquire the 33rd overall pick in a trade with D.C. United. In the trade the Dynamo exchanged a player to be named later to D.C. for the second round pick.
At Dynamo Theory we projected the club to pick up forward Griffin Dorsey of Indiana University, but he was selected by Toronto FC two picks ahead of the Dynamo. Instead Houston took defender Sam Junqua of the University of California, Berkeley. Junqua is a left back that likes to get forward and will likely get playing time with the Dynamo’s USL affiliate the Rio Grande Valley FC Toros.
Here’s what Sam Junqua will be bringing to the @HoustonDynamo! // #SuperDraft by @adidassoccer pic.twitter.com/nPeBVheA3I— Major League Soccer (@MLS) January 11, 2019
With their second pick in the SuperDraft the Dynamo picked up Andrew Samuels of the University of Maryland who was projected by many to go a lot higher. Samuels is a versatile player capable of playing at the right back spot, but also as a number 6.
So excited to be going to Houston!! I can’t wait to get started ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/Qeo6eofqqE— Andrew Samuels (@asamuels6) January 11, 2019
With DaMarcus Beasley returning and with Adam Lundqvist, Matt Jordan could be getting more left back depth as a precaution with the pickup of Junqua, but could also get him steady playing time with RGVFC. Samuels is a more versatile pickup and even though A.J. DeLaGarza is healthy and reinforcements have come in with Chris Duvall, he could see time with a tight schedule filled with Champions League, the regular season, and US Open Cup action. What do you think of the Dynamo’s selections in the SuperDraft? Let us know in the comments below.