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MLS Mock Draft 2019: FC Dallas selects Siad Haji and John Nelson

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Haji slides down to Dallas

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The 2019 MLS SuperDraft is right around the corner as teams will select players on Friday morning in the annual draft.

The SBNation MLS blogs got together this past Sunday to conduct a mock draft of our own with managers from each blog participating. FC Dallas had two first round picks which in the mock draft were used on two Generation Adidas players.

Here’s how the first round went down:

First Round - #4 - Siad Haji (VCU), M

FCD got this pick via the Kellyn Acosta trade with Colorado last summer. At #4, Dallas could wait and see to draft either a position of need for added depth, or just pick for the best available.

Though not a consensus #1, Siad Haji was slated as the top pick among many experts and when he graciously was still available by the time FCD was on the clock, it was a no brainer.

As you can see from the clip above, Haji is a very confident attacking player. He’s comfortable on the ball and likes to take players on or do a feint to create space for himself and his teammates. He’s comfortable playing on the left, right and through the middle, giving Dallas a very versatile attacker. Not to mention that he’s played for the USMNT U15s, U17s and U19s.

It does create a bit of a log jam in the creative midfield position and on the wings, but Haji possesses too much talent to just pass up on. Haji can play with NTSC if he cannot push for first team minutes his rookie season, and can flipped to another team for other assets or he can continue to stay in the system and others like Pablo Aranguiz can be flipped.

Either way, FCD got a steal for Haji at #4 here and as a GA, he will not count against FCD’s cap.

First Round - #10 - John Nelson (UNC), D

Another Generation Adidas player, Nelson was an All-ACC Freshman selection at UNC and played for the USMNT U17 and U19s. I debated between Nelson and Kentucky forward JJ Williams with this pick. Had Dallas not signed “The Cobra” this off-season, I would’ve opted for Williams.

But, with Cannon manning the right flank, adding Nelson’s offensive chops to the left side would make for a very exciting combination. Marquinhos Pedroso currently has that position locked down, but Pedroso is recovering from off-season surgery so it’s unsure how he’ll perform coming back. And there’s also the fact that left back is the most notorious position in this league and in this country. Who doesn’t need more left back depth, right?