The MLS SuperDraft will take place on Tuesday, and New York City FC has two picks in this year's edition. The Pigeons are still rebuilding their roster and desperately need a stronger Starting XI and a deeper bench.
While it is unknown and unlikely that NYCFC will draft a superstar, the club should still use the SuperDraft to add to the roster. There are a few positions where more players are needed. But what does NYCFC need?
NYCFC needs center-backs and strikers
One position that NYCFC should draft is a center-back. The position is still thin, especially after Maxime Chanot's departure. Therefore, this should be the top priority in the draft. The Pigoens must choose a player who can immediately step into the center-back role if needed. They should also be a player that is regularly a part of the match-day squad. In other words, the player needs to be someone who could potentially be a starter in the case of injury but mainly can come on as a substitute.
Another position NYCFC should consider drafting is a striker. This player would be for depth only and might be best suited with NYCFC II. The club needs to bring in a starting striker to compete with Mounsef Bakrar, but it is unlikely a player from the SuperDraft can be a starting MLS striker in their first year.
Truthfully, NYCFC should invest in drafting a center-back in the first round. Strikers could be signed via free agency or when the transfer window opens. There is a higher chance of finding a talented center-back in the draft who can make an impact over a striker. Moreover, this would allow the Pigeons to save some money regarding the salary cap.
Undoubtedly, the SuperDraft is not the place to build or rebuild a team in MLS. If a club is lucky, then sometimes they will find a starter. Many will also argue the draft is outdated. In many ways, that is the correct view.
The draft is a place where one can find depth and potential. New York City FC should use both picks to help build the roster for 2024.