Major League Soccer’s expansion Cincinnati team selected UCLA midfielder Frankie Amaya with the No. 1 pick in the league’s SuperDraft on Friday.
Amaya, who has played for the U.S. under-20 team, made 10 starts in 14 appearances as a freshman with the Bruins last season. The 18-year-old had two goals and two assists and was named to the Pac-12 all-conference first team.
Cincinnati had 12 picks in Friday’s draft in Chicago as the team builds a roster for its first MLS season.
The San Jose Earthquakes used the second pick in the draft to select forward Siad Haji of VCU.