The Quakes drafted UCLA midfielder Jackson Yueill with the 6th overall pick at the 2017 MLS SuperDraft. It was a good move for what was available.
Alberto Quintero is out. Tommy Thompson hasn’t scored or assisted in three years. MPG is in Orlando. Other than Dawkins, the Quakes don’t really have a dependable midfielder. Jackson Yueill helps to fill that void.
Yueill is a box-to-box mid with the ability to generate attacks. With the Quakes near the bottom of the league in offense last year (and setting a club record for fewest goals scored per game), the team needs offense. Jackson offers it.
Yueill was the top rated midfielder in the draft. Not a bad way to spend your first pick. A lot of potential.
Yueill is a Genearation Adidas player (his salary is not charged against a team’s annual salary budget), which means the Quakes have more money to float around for other acquisitions as well.
Not only does the move meet a need, it also comes at minimal risk.
Welcome to the team, Jackson!