Timbers draft forward and defender
The Portland Timbers selected Michigan State forward Ryan Sierakowski and Saint Louis University defender/midfielder Lennart Hein during the first two rounds of the 2019 MLS SuperDraft on Friday in Chicago.
Sierakowski, 6-1, 170, played all four seasons at Michigan State and as a senior helped the Spartans reach the national semifinals. As a senior, he had eight goals and five assists in 23 games and finished his career with 33 goals and 16 assists in 82 games.
Hein, 6-2, 195, played four seasons at Saint Louis after growing up in the German national youth system through the under-18 level. He played in 65 college matches (64 starts) and as a junior and senior was first-team all-Atlantic 10 Conference. Hein had six goals and five assists for the Billikens.
Both draft picks figure to spend their rookie season with Portland's United Soccer League team, Timbers 2.
Rounds 3 and 4 of the draft will be on Monday conference call. Portland picks 23rd in each round (71st and 95th overall).
• Sam Stejskal of MLSSoccer.com reported on Friday that the Timbers have agreed to send $100,000 of general allocation money to New England for the rights to center back Claude Dielna.
With the departure of Liam Ridgewell, the addition of an experienced central defender makes sense. If Dielna, a 6-foot 31-year-old, ends up in Portland he could team with fellow Frenchman Larrys Mabiala in the middle of the back line.
• Two Oregon State Beavers were selected in Friday's first two rounds of the SuperDraft. Midfielder Hassani Dotson was picked by Minnesota United with the 31st pick, and forward Don Tchilao went 36th to the Los Angeles Galaxy.