St. Louis CITY SC SC, Major League Soccer’s newest club, has added five picks in Friday’s Expansion Draft. Let’s look at their picks. Gioacchini moves to Orlando City. / Nathan Ray Seebeck – USA TODAY SportsNicholas Gioacchini is one of the most striking Expansion Draft picks of recent years. An eight-time US international with extensive experience in the top two French divisions and speed, Gioacchini has all that it takes to be a great success in MLS. Although Gioacchini made only six MLS appearances, it was clear that the forward’s move from Chicago to Orlando City four months ago did not go according to plan. At only 22 years of age, he still has plenty of time to get things back on track. He could become a key player for St. Louis. Louis now has to negotiate with Aston Villa for Vassilev. Inter Miami worked hard to bring Indiana Vassilev back for their 2022 season after a successful loan year from Aston Villa. His second campaign in Florida saw him score just two goals in 25 games (13 starts), but he has plenty of experience as a US youth national and quality on both ends of the ball. There is huge potential here. The only problem is Vassilev was on loan at Inter Miami. Therefore, St. Louis will need to negotiate a deal for Vassilev with Aston Villa. Bell will provide defensive stability. / Paul Rutherford/USA TODAY SportsJon Bell has served as a solid depth player at center-back for New England Revolution over several years, supporting Andrew Farrell (and Henry Kessler) respectively. The Maryland native made 29 appearances in two seasons and was part the Revs’ Record-Setting Supporters’ Shield Win in 2021. However, Bell is now a regular starter. He might be able to show MLS in St. Louis what he can do. Nelson had a strong 2022 season playing for FC Cincinnati. / Katie Stratman-USA TODAY SportsFollowing a couple of years at FC Dallas, John Nelson enjoyed a solid season with FC Cincinnati in 2022, playing 24 times and providing two assists in MLS play.The 24-year-old will likely come in as back-up to Bosnia & Herzegovina international Selmir Pidro. Nelson is a skilled player and can pick up a lot more regular starts if Pidro needs to adjust to MLS. LaCava earned St. Louis valuable GAM. / Nathan Ray Seebeck – USA TODAY SportsYoung winger Jake LaCava, who was originally drafted by the New York Red Bulls, was immediately traded to St. Louis. The deal saw both clubs receive a minimum of $150k in General Alloc Money (GAM) and a further $100k GAM if certain performance metrics are met. Miami, however, paid a smaller fee for a talented young wingsman.You can now watch the story of Charlotte FC’s path to MLS on The Making of Charlotte FC on DoorDash’s 90min channels. Subscribe to our US YouTube channel.

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