Minnesota United selected goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair with the seventh overall pick in the MLS SuperDraft on Friday in Chicago.
The Loons took a timeout just before the pick, a sign they were contemplating possible trade offers or debating their pick.
St. Clair is a Generation Adidas player, meaning his salary doesn’t count against the MLS salary cap.
Goalkeeper was a position of need for Minnesota behind current starter Bobby Shuttleowrth. The Loons let go of backups Matt Lampson and Alex Kapp in the offseason.
The Loons also have a second round pick (31st overall) and two fourth-round selections (75th and 94th), which were acquired in the trade with Orlando City on Thursday. Minnesota could decide to “pass” on those last-round picks.
The first six picks Friday were: California Los Angeles midfielder Frankie Amaya to FC Cincinnati; Virginia Commonwealth midfielder Siad Haji to San Jose; Florida International forward Santiago Patino to Orlando City; Charlotte defender Callum Montgomery to FC Dallas; Denver forward Andre Shinyashiki to Colorado; and Indiana midfielder Griffen Dorsey to Toronto FC.
United selected forward Abu Danladi with the first overall pick before their expansion season in 2017. A year ago, they brought in three rookies — forward Mason Toye (7th pick), center back Wyatt Omsberg (15th) and right back Carter Manley (23th).