At last, the MLS SuperDraft 2019 presented by adidas is set to arrive on Chicago's shores when all the action kicks off at McCormick Place on Friday, Jan. 11, at 12 p.m. CT. Ahead of the league's annual selection ceremony, stay caught up on all the names to know, pick predictions, streaming info and more with our SuperDraft Hub:
On the Clock
The Fire own the fifth overall selection in the 2019 SuperDraft, as well as the eighth pick in the second round (32 overall, acquired from Houston via trade), picks five (53 overall) and seven (55 overall, acquired from Minnesota via trade) in the third round pick, and pick five (77 overall) in the fourth round.
2019 expansion side FC Cincinnati kicks things off with the top pick, followed by San Jose, Orlando, and Dallas leading into the Fire's selection. Fans can stay up-to-date in real time as picks roll in on Friday afternoon with MLS' 2019 SuperDraft Tracker.
Analysts have begun weighing in on which of this year's crop of top collegiate talent will fall to the Fire with the fifth selection. Take a look how a a select few believe things will shake out when it's Chicago's turn on the clock:
- MLSsoccer.com's Matt Doyle - F JJ Williams, Kentucky (Generation Adidas)
- Goal.com's Ives Galarcep - D Akeem Ward, Creighton
- TopDrawerSoccer.com's Travis Clark - D John Nelson, North Carolina (Generation Adidas)
Catch up on the Combine
The 2019 MLS Combine is currently underway from Orlando, Fla., as this year's top prospects look to boost their stock ahead of Friday's event. A pair of doubleheaders have pitted the field against one another after being divided into four teams. Catch up on Saturday's opening pair of matchups at the link below, and tune in live for Wednesday's final doubleheader.
- Watch | Team Copa vs. Team Predator (replay)
- Watch | Team Nemeziz vs. Team X (replay)
- Watch | Team Predator vs. Team X (replay)
- Watch | Team Copa vs. Team Nemeziz (replay)
Don't miss a single selection when the 2019 MLS SuperDraft begins live from Chicago's McCormick Place on Friday at 12 p.m. CT. Watch the first two rounds live on MLSsoccer.com, the official MLS app, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
MLSsoccer.com's team of Andrew Wiebe, Bobby Warshaw and David Gass will be joined in the studio in New York by ESPN's Taylor Twellman, while Calen Carr, Sam Stejskal and Susannah Collins will be on-site in Chicago, bringing you all of the action.
In addition to covering all of the selections, you'll see reaction and analysis, breaking news on trades and transfers plus interviews, a team-by-team lookahead for 2019 with the preseason right around the corner, and anything else that comes up, live and up to the minute.