Last night, the 2019 USL Show Team Draft took place. With 36 clubs now in the USL Championship, there were six squads to be drafted: Evan Vilella, Kevin McCamish, Phill Grooms, Pony, Ryan Allen, and a “Fan Team” featuring guest drafters Alan Underwood, Ben Goshorn, the legend Harry, Jason W of League 1 Fun fame, and yours truly, Carson A. Merk.
The draft order was Kevin, Fan Team a.k.a. Between the Sticks Mafia, Pony, Phill, Ryan, and Evan. One twist was Evan not being able to attend, leaving his selections up to the consensus of the show and live YouTube chat room. It was a snake draft, meaning the order reverses each round with the top and bottom teams getting back-to-back picks.
Below, we have the round-by-round breakdown and final squads.
1st round: Nashville SC, Phoenix Rising FC, Indy Eleven, Louisville City FC, Sacramento Republic FC, Orange County SC
2nd round: Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, Reno 1868 FC, Saint Louis FC, Charleston Battery, San Antonio FC, New York Red Bulls 2
3rd round: Swope Park Rangers, OKC Energy FC, Real Monarchs SLC, Ottawa Fury FC, Tampa Bay Rowdies, New Mexico United
4th round: Austin Bold FC, North Carolina FC, Charlotte Independence, Colorado Switchbacks FC, Birmingham Legion FC, Portland Timbers FC 2
5th round: Bethlehem Steel FC, Las Vegas Lights FC, Hartford Athletic, Fresno FC, El Paso Locomotive FC, Memphis 901 FC
6th round: Tacoma Defiance, LA Galaxy II, Tulsa Roughnecks FC, RGV FC Toros, ATL UTD 2, Loudoun United FC