In the second trade of the day, NYCFC re-acquired the 16th overall pick from Seattle for $75,000. This is the same pick that NYCFC shipped to Seattle in exchange for the rights to Kwadwo Poku. With the 16th overall pick NYCFC drafted University of Connecticut midfielder Kwame Awuah.
Awuah is a 5’7″, 21 year old midfielder who was primarily an outside back but has been played in a central midfield role while in college. He’s comfortable with the ball at his feet and is known to make strong tackles.
The Toronto born Awuah played in 13 games for the Huskies last year with 3 goals and 5 assists to his name. He was named a co-captain at UConn for the 2015 season and has been a fixture for them since then.
Awuah’s versatility will help Patrick Vieira fill the gaps on roster following the departures of left back Fran Martinez and central midfielders Federico Bravo and Andoni Iraola. Expect Awuah to be one of the players competing for the vacated number 6 role in preseason.
So far NYCFC have spent $325k at the draft for two top 20 picks. For comparison’s sake, NYCFC sold Poku for $750k.
You can take a look at his highlights below.