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January 12, 2019, 10:58 pm

What we learned: Atlanta United’s 2019 MLS SuperDraft picks

1st circular: Anderson Asiedu Atlanta United got precisely who it craved in the archetypal circular of the 2019 MLS SuperDraft, held Friday in Chicago, when the team chosen UCLA’s Anderson Asiedu with the...

What we learned: Atlanta United’s 2019 MLS SuperDraft picks
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1st circular: Anderson Asiedu

Atlanta United got precisely who it craved in the archetypal circular of the 2019 MLS SuperDraft, held Friday in Chicago, when the team chosen UCLA’s Anderson Asiedu with the last pick of the archetypal circular, the 24th choice overall.

“We are very better off that we had the accidental to pick him,” Atlanta United director Frank de Boer told reporters in Chicago aft the day was done. “He was our figure one pick. And you can say ‘oh, well of course of study you’d say that,’ but it’s truly true. He was the most valuable participant of the harvester. That means he had a good harvester of course of study, but it also [added to] the qualities we saw. I deliberation he can be a good participant for Atlanta United.”

Asiedu was energetic, give thanksful, emotional and, well, truly amusing in his interrogation with MLS’s Susannah Collins instantly aft his choice.

“I just want to go out location and turn out myself,” said Asiedu. “All I asked for was chance. Life is all astir chance and I give thanks Atlanta United for trustful in me and big me the chance to turn out myself to go who I want to be.

“They blessed the best for last,” Asiedu quipped, causation Collins to clasp her chest out of pure joy. “I’m willing to go out location and give it all. This is my life, this is my accidental for me to turn out myself to America and the whole world that this is me, Anderson Asiedu.”

"They blessed the best for last."

Anderson Asiedu's archetypal words aft being picked by the reigning champs pic.twitter.com/Wct4sNBZVr

— Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) January 11, 2019

There’s no question where Asiedu fits on the field. With his short stature and low center of gravity at only 5’6” 155 pounds, Asiedu is the definition of a midfield terrier — a participant who will sit at the base of a three-man midfield and make life hell for the opposition.

“He’s very energetic, I deliberation we already saw that,” de Boer said with a smile to reporters. “I deliberation he’s a footballer with different kinds of qualities. He’s comfortable on the ball, but also in the position he plays as a control midfielder... he’s like a busy bee that’s all acircular the participants and all the time his feet are somewhere. I deliberation you need that kind of person at that position.”

Asiedu told reporters that he was happy Atlanta saw him as a ball-winning midfielder, as he claims it’s his clear and obvious strength. Asiedu said when he played at UCLA, coaches played him in an attacking midfield role, which doesn’t suit his primary qualities.

“He’s a control midfielder — to be connected with the defense and of course of study the offensive midfielders and the attack,” said de Boer. “This position is very important. What I saw, he has the quality to fill that position in our midfield hopefully in the future. We had our interrogation not only with me, but with Carlos and our staff. He made an impression, always with a big smile. He’s very positive with a good work ethic and we’re very glad to have him.”

Asiedu, 22, is a native of Dormaa Ahenkro, Ghana and played collegiately at UCLA and Monmouth University. He was a two-time All-Pac 12 Conference participant and totaled four assists and three goals in two seasons with the Bruins. Asiedu was named MVP of the 2019 MLS Combine. Before transferring to UCLA, he was named All-MAAC in his two seasons with Monmouth where he recorded five assists and two goals. Asiedu moved to the United States in 2013 and attended St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, New Jersey where he won the 2014 National Championship.

His story is absolutely incredible and is captured here by app.com. His mother passed away in 2006 when Asiedu was only nine years old, and he bounced acircular from house to house without electricity before eventually having no real caretaker and living at a school.

“I didn’t even know you had to go to the bathroom inside,” he laughed. “Back home you go everywhere. So I was looking for a spot to do it and Sylvers is, ‘No, no, you can’t do that.’

“I’m excited because not just a regular team picked me. The best team in the country, the best team in the nation picked me. I’m so excited,” Asiedu told reporters as squealed with glee. “I can’t wait to turn out who I am as a person. The humbleness in the locker room, the respect to the participants who have paved the way for me to be in the same locker room as them. I can’t wait to get started.”

2nd circular: Amir Bashti

Amir Bashti, 21, played four years at Sanford where he won three consecutive NCAA National Championships in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and totaled 19 goals and 13 assists. He was named First Team All-Pac 12 in 2018 aft scoring seven goals and adding six assists.

Players report for medicals Monday, Jan. 14 with the archetypal day of training taking place at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Training Gcircular on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

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