The first round of Major League Soccer’s 2016 SuperDraft was exciting, frenzied… and a little embarrassing.
The Chicago Fire drafted Jack Harrison first overall, a bit of a surprise move that became an astounding trade piece in the most bizarre of fashion.
Call it MLS-gone-NBA. After Philadelphia chose a pair of defenders, MLS commissioner Don Garber announced that there was a trade. Chicago had acquired the No. 4 overall pick in exchange from New York City FC in exchange for a player-to-be-named later.
Most people thought that player was Harrison. The problem? Garber later explained that they won’t announce a trade until the player has been informed. But Harrison was in the room.
Vincent wasn’t, but we can’t be sure he even knew Chicago had acquired that pick or drafted him. What followed was loads of speculation before it was later announced that, yes, Harrison was gone.
So Jack Harrison’s introduction to Major League Soccer was:
- Get drafted by Chicago
- Give thankful interview wearing Chicago scarf
- Be told there’s something going on.
- Get traded to New York City FC.
- Give interview wearing New York City FC scarf.