New York City FC used their two third round picks to fill out their depth chart on the last day of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft.
NYCFC used the 10th pick (54th overall) to select University of New Hampshire midfielder Chris Wingate.
Wingate was part of the Seattle Sounders U23 team last season. He grew up in Norway and spent some time at Norweigan club Bærum SK, having played three seasons with them between 2007 and 2009. The 22 year old holds dual US and Norweigan nationality, however he does have a US passport so he will not require an international roster spot.
Wingate was named the 2016 America East Midfielder of the Year.
You can see his highlights below.
NYCFC used the 16th pick (60th overall) to select University of Louisville defender Michael DeGraffenreidt.
DeGraffenreidt is a 22 year old center back who helped lead the Louisville defense to 10 shutouts in 18 games last year. He’s no stranger to shut outs as he helped set a school record for minutes played without allowing a goal (560) and consecutive shutouts with 5 in his freshman year.
Listed at 5’10” and 162lbs, many would consider him undersized for a MLS center back, however we know that Vieira prefers ability on the ball to size. Scouting reports indicated that he is very comfortable on the ball and has good passing abilities. DeGraffenreidt was named the Maryland Soccer Player of The Year during his senior year in high school.
You can check out his highlights below.
Both players are expected to report with the rest of the team to preseason camp on January 23rd.