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FC Dallas select wingers Atuahene & Twumasi in 1st round of 2018 MLS SuperDraft

Published 1/21/2018 5:48:59 PM by staff from dallas

FC Dallas selected a pair of speedy wingers with their opening two picks of the 2018 MLS Superdraft on Friday.  Both players hail from Ghana and had stellar college soccer careers.   As always FC Dallas was way ahead of the curve when it comes to managing youth. Both top draft picks are members of Generation Adidas which are roster protected and do not count against the MLS salary cap.  

With the 4th overall pick in the draft FCD selected Francis Atuahene out of the University of Michigan.  Many experts listed Atuahene as having the highest upside of any player in the class.   As with any youngster Francis has been a bit inconsistent.  He also has been slowed by nagging injuries throughout his college career.  

In three seasons at the University of Michigan, Athahene scored 24 goals and had 11 assists in 49 games.  "My game is a very, very fast-paced style," Atuahene said. "I make a lot of runs and get up and down the field. I am always cutting and trying to make moves in the final third. That is something FC Dallas fans are going to like. I'm going to bring that exciting game of mine to the team. Just work hard every day and adapt to the system."

Later in the first round FC Dallas drafted Ema Twumasi out of Wake Forest with the #11 pick.  Twumasi scored 16 goals and had 11 assists in two seasons (47 games) at Wake Forest University.  "I didn't expect to have him available at No. 11," said FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja. "It was a luxury to get him. He can complement well with the players we have and [Francis and Ema] can help each other. They developed together when they were young. They will feel more familiar being close to one another. Those things are positives for FC Dallas."
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