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Big D Daily: News for Friday, January 22, 2021

FC Dallas stayed pretty local with their SuperDraft picks yesterday.

MLS: Colorado Rapids at FC Dallas Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The annual SuperDraft is in the books once again as MLS clubs picked up players from the college ranks on Thursday. There were only a few big shockers from the day, but the best moment may have been our own, FC Dallas coach Luchi Gonzalez having a Zoom moment (audio difficulties) that we’re all too familiar with these days.

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FC Dallas drafts Nicky Hernandez with the 15th pick - Big D Soccer
FC Dallas stays with someone they know very well in the SuperDraft first round.

FC Dallas selects four more players in 2021 MLS Draft - Big D Soccer
Two of the players were former Academy players, which makes you wonder a bit if the scouting department got lazy or if they just needed a different way to acquire the MLS rights of these guys.

FC Dallas gets Top Goalkeeper in 2021 MLS SuperDraft in Colin Shutler | FC Dallas
I will say I do like this pick a lot for a number of reason. For starters, he can immediately go to NTSC for minutes while he learns how to be a professional player. After that, I could see him compete for FCD minutes.

FC Dallas Selects DFW Native Nicky Hernandez with 15th Overall Pick in 2021 MLS SuperDraft | FC Dallas
This article explains the 'why' a bit better with the pick and how FCD could have lost out on him to another MLS team.

Roma set to beat Juventus for USMNT star Reynolds - ESPNFC
And now Roma are back on top in the race for Reynolds. It seriously will not end.

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Austin FC select Virginia Tech midfielder Daniel Pereira at No. 1 in 2021 MLS SuperDraft | MLSsoccer.com
Austin surprised the pundits a bit by taking Pereira with the first pick but they saw something in him that others did not I guess.

Philip Mayaka’s amazing voyage from Kenya to MLS and Colorado Rapids | MLSsoccer.com
How Philip Mayaka went from a dusty, rock-strewn field in Nairobi to the No. 3 pick in the MLS SuperDraft. Pretty amazing stuff.

MLS SuperDraft 2021 Grades: Rating every team’s picks | MLSsoccer.com
The grades for FCD aren’t all that bad as they went the ‘protect your own’ route in the draft, which may pay off in the long run.

Colorado Rapids choose Philip Mayaka as the 3rd overall pick in the 2021 SuperDraft - Burgundy Wave
Many expected the Clemson midfielder to go first in the draft but somehow the Rapids ended up with him in the 3rd spot.

Draft Day Deal: Dynamo land Derrick Jones - Dynamo Theory
Houston continues to make moves within MLS to boost their roster.

How MLS clubs use the SuperDraft – The Athletic
It is interesting to see how clubs over the years use or don't use the draft.

How the Chicago Fire landed Jhon Jader Duran – The Athletic
The Chicago Fire will have to wait for Jhon Jader Duran's arrival, but his signing could be an indicator of things to come for MLS.