So silky Canadian striker Cyle Larin may’ve gone first as expected, but the trio of attackers to go 1-2-3 raises an interesting question.
When it’s all said and done, which player will have the best career: Cyle Larin (ORL), Khiry Shelton (NYC) or Romario Williams (MTL)?
Drafted strikers don’t need to come and set the league ablaze, but in recent years we’ve seen that the quality general makes itself known. Tesho Akindele surged late last year for FC Dallas and Deshorn Brown netted 10 times for Colorado in 2013, and guys who take a few years like Dom Dwyer and Ethan Finlay might be an exception to the rule.
If you got it, you show it.
So with two expansion teams and lowly Montreal adding these strikers, they’ll get their opportunities to shine. But which will have the best career? Let’s go to the tape:
Cyle Larin, Orlando City SC (UCONN)
You’ll see the Brampton, Ontario, native net with both pegs and his head here. While he won’t have nearly as much time against MLS defense, the 6’2″ man has a wide frame that can help his learning curve.
Khiry Shelton, New York City FC (Oregon State)
Shelton is a bad, bad man. He has tremendous pace, good height (6’3″) and isn’t averse to passing up a chance to give a teammate a better one.
Romario Williams, Montreal Impact (UCF)
Having represented Jamaica at youth levels, Williams might be the smallest of the bunch but he possesses a knack for finding the net from whatever angle.