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LAFC pick Tristan Blackmon No. 3 overall in the 2018 MLS Draft

Pacific defender a surprise selection for expansion team.

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Los Angeles Football Club continued their 2018 MLS SuperDraft on Friday, picking No. 3 overall following a trade with D.C. United, and selecting defender Tristan Blackmon from University of the Pacific.

The selection is something of a surprise, considering Blackmon entered the combine as a relatively well touted player but not impressing during the combine itself. Coming from a smaller school, the Las Vegas native is a full back and will likely provide depth for Steven Beitashour, assuming he is signing as a Free Agent, at the right back position. He previously played as a forward, so perhaps he could be moving higher up the field to the midfield in the future.

“Tristan is a really interesting one. He’s from Las Vegas, he’s grown a lot at the University of the Pacific, and we feel he is someone who, at the next level, will show people that something is there,” said LAFC head coach Bob Bradley to MLSsoccer.com on the selection at the MLS draft.

It’s also worth noting Blackmon is not yet signed to a contract, so he’ll have to negotiate with LAFC to fully get on the roster. If he’s taken at No. 3, it seems a good bet he will sign, but LAFC have some flexibility for the moment.

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