The 2018 MLS Waiver Draft takes place today at 1 PM PT. Based on reverse order of finish in 2018, the Seattle Sounders have the 20th pick; expansion side FC Cincinnati picks at 24. Any team that selects a player in the end-of-season waiver draft moves to the bottom of the waiver list for potential midseason waiver drafts in 2019. Any claimed player must receive a “genuine offer.”
The waiver draft is considered bottom of the barrel, bargain shopping for MLS teams. In fact, in most years since its inception there has not been a single selection made in the draft. So, with that in mind, I could only find one player who is even remotely interesting given the mechanism that must be used in order to acquire said player. Put a simpler way, there’s a reason why these players were waived.
Tommy Redding was once considered one of the most promising centerbacks in the U.S. Youth National Team talent pool. His professional career hasn’t gotten off to a roaring start, though. Redding was Orlando City SC’s first ever homegrown signing, and he featured in 38 games over the course of three seasons. Last season he was traded to the New York Red Bulls, but hardly featured for them or for their USL team.
If the Sounders want to take a flyer on a young, talented centerback, Redding might make sense for a reclamation project.