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MLS DRAFT 2024
« on: December 19, 2023, 07:16:17 PM »
Tyrese Spicer 1st
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Re: MLS DRAFT 2024
« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2023, 12:55:25 AM »
Trinidad and Tobago's Tyrese Spicer named top MLS draft pick.
T&T Newsday Reports.


FORMER Secondary Schools Football League’s (SSFL) top goal-scorer Tyrese Spicer on Tuesday became the Major League Soccer (MLS) draft’s top pick as he was selected first overall by Toronto FC (TFC) in the 2024 MLS SuperDraft. He played for St Mary's College and St Augustine Secondary in the SSFL.

Spicer, 23, joins Toronto after a season in which he scored 14 goals and provided three assists in just 16 games for Lipscomb University.

Spicer earned First Team All-American, Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year and MAC Hermann Trophy semi-finalist honours.

His form at SSFL level continued with him to university as he managed 29 goals and 18 assists through 57 overall appearances for Lipscomb.

Spicer is Toronto's first addition for 2024 under general manager Jason Hernandez and head coach John Herdman, their new regime that's hoping to improve on a bottom-of-the-league table finish that led to Bob Bradley's departure midway through the 2023 season. The Reds scored just 26 goals last year, tied for the fewest in MLS.

According to the MLS, Hernandez said, "Tyrese possesses a unique combination of technical and physical qualities that align with our player profile and tactical blueprint.

"He also has a resilient mindset and a drive to improve, which makes him a great fit for TFC. We look forward to working with Tyrese to accelerate his growth as a player and person while helping us achieve our goals as a club.”

Toronto also had the number one pick before their 2007 expansion season, when they picked former US men's national team midfielder Maurice Edu. Spicer is the first-ever number-one SuperDraft pick from T&T.

Duke University midfielder Wayne Frederick II, 19, the son of T&T's Wayne Frederick, was drafted second overall by Colorado Rapids. The older Frederick is a former St Mary's College student and the former president of Howard University in Washington DC in the US.

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Re: MLS DRAFT 2024
« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2023, 07:10:37 PM »
Congrats to these young men :applause:

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Re: MLS DRAFT 2024
« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2023, 05:03:05 PM »
Corneal: MLS Draft top picks Spicer, Frederick II were on TTFA's radar.
By Johnathan Ramnanansingh (T&T Newsday).


TT Football Association (TTFA) technical director Anton Corneal has said that US-based players Tyrese Spicer and Wayne Frederick II have been on the association’s radar, even before Tuesday’s 2024 MLS Super Draft.

Spicer, 23, who represented St Mary’s College and St Augustine Secondary in the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) in his younger years, was selected first overall by Toronto FC.

The striker joins Toronto after a successful season for Lipscomb University in which he scored 14 goals and provided three assists in 16 games.

Additionally, Duke University midfielder Wayne Frederick II, 19, son of T&T's Dr Wayne Frederick, President Emeritus of Howard University, was drafted second overall by Colorado Rapids.

Spicer grew up in T&T while Frederick II’s parents are both T&T nationals.

On the youngsters’ high draft selections, Corneal said he was really excited and proud of them. He believes their progress widens the player pool for possible national selection at the senior level.

“I think they are players that have been on the radar so it’s not to say it’s farfetched (to be selected for T&T). And the coach (Angus Eve) will surely, like before, continue to look at all the players, and of course, them playing there, they will be players that we will look at also,” he said.

Corneal hopes their recognition in the US top flight will inspire T&T’s younger generation of footballers to keep striving for greatness. Their selection should serve as motivation, he said.

“Spicer growing up here, playing here, and then moving to the US, going to school and then moving on to play in the MLS. So that’s sort of a player’s dream and I’m really happy for him. But it also paints the right picture for young players in our country.

“When I look and see two players from T&T, or one with parents from T&T, being one and two in the MLS (draft), it tells a story. The potential is there. I’m sure that has not happened a lot in the past, and it’s something we should all be very proud of.”

Corneal remains optimistic that the duo’s achievements will ignite a spark in young footballers coming up the ranks.

“We know both players and we’re happy for them. We’re hoping more players will have the same opportunities to ply their trade professionally. That’s a start and I wish them a really fruitful pro career.”

Spicer earned First Team All-American, Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year and MAC Hermann Trophy semi-finalist honours. At Lipscomb, he recorded 29 goals and 18 assists across 57 appearances.

Spicer is also Toronto's first addition for 2024 under general manager Jason Hernandez and head coach John Herdman, a new regime that's hoping to improve on a last-place finish that led to coach Bob Bradley's departure midway through the 2023 season. The Reds scored just 26 goals last year, tied for the fewest in MLS. - (with reporting by Jelani Beckles)

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