This is the Picks Thread for the 2019 US Men's Draft game. Picks only. Commentary and discussion will be in a separate thread. The Draft order for the first round is as follows: 1. @zlebmada 2. @ChuckMe92 3. @Kevin8833 4. @thedukeofsoccer 5. @Lookingforleftbacks 6. @Matthew Hartman 7. @truefan420 and @GiallorossiYank 8. @AutoPenalti 9. @Eleven Bravo and @IndividualEleven 10. @jond 11. @ShaftBrewer 12. @CreightonMCFCjoey The second round is in reverse order, as in a snake draft. Odd number and even number rounds keep reversing the order. ******************************************** DRAFT RULES: The draft clock starts at 9:00 AM Central time on January 14th, 2019. It will consist of an 18-round, snake-style draft where teams MUST select 2 (two) goalkeepers. Players MUST be eligible for the US Men’s National Team on the day the draft begins. This would make ineligible any player who would still need to file a one-time switch with FIFA and/or receive a passport or citizenship. Any disputes will be resolved by the draft organizer, TheFalseNine. (NEW) If a selected player later becomes ineligible due to becoming cap-tied (either provisionally or fully) to another nation, that player MUST be dropped from the drafting team’s roster and may not be replaced. Players may only be drafted once, i.e. not every team can draft Christian Pulisic. Game will consist of 10 (ten) teams. Teams may be managed singly or with a partner. 8 (eight) hour time limit per selection in each round. Please be courteous and try to pick as quickly as possible. Also, know the point of having a partner is to speed the draft up, not slow it down. Discuss your picks before it is your turn. Reasons for the amount of time allotted for drafting is not for discussion, it is meant to be used for work, sleep, family, etc. Again, please have a good idea who you want to pick before it is your turn. Plan out a handful of acceptable options before your turn. If you miss your time limit, you can still pick after your time has expired, even after other teams have picked. If for any reason a team has missed their 8-hour time limit, that team will have all subsequent rounds reduced by 2 hours. So, for the first violation, all subsequent rounds are 6 hours for that team. For a second violation, all subsequent rounds are 4 hours. Minimum time limit cannot fall below 4 hours (i.e. after 2 time limit violations.) If for any reason a team has missed their time limit 2 (two) times, it will go to a discussion of the other teams to possibly remove the player(s) from the draft or discuss another possible alternative to ensure the draft is not held hostage by any one team. If you are aware you may violate this rule, please be courteous and disclose it. I might be able to find a fill-in or a replacement for you. If you are not going to be around your phone or a computer for your pick, you can send your selection to whomever drafts after you and they can post your pick and theirs at the same time. Again, this is meant to help make sure the draft is moved through quickly and does not stall out. Rather than just posting “I select _______”, try to provide some information on your player including pictures/videos/GIFs/tactical analyses/whatever you can find to educate the community as to why you took him and what position you think he will play on your team. The more information the better and more fun! Please do not use rule #11 as an excuse to delay your pick. We welcome you to post these player profiles in the discussion thread at a later time. It’s more courteous to go ahead and pick your player than delay the draft. After you pick YOU MUST NOTIFY THE NEXT PERSON DRAFTING! You can do this by tagging them in your draft pick post (typing “@” and then their BigSoccer username), or by initiating a private conversation with them. The Picks thread will be used ONLY for selecting players. ALL discussion must go into the separate discussion thread. ABSOLUTELY no posting about or discussion of players who “should” have been selected instead or players or who have not been drafted yet. Let’s try to keep things friendly. No mocking of selections during the draft. After the drafting ends, we will have a World Cup soccer style "voting tournament" to determine the winner. First round will be a group phase, consisting of 4 groups of 3 teams each. Second round is head-to-head knock-out voting, with the top vote-getters in each group going head-to-head in a semifinal round, then the 2 winners of those contests to go against each other in a final vote to determine a champion. To organize this, we will have up to a one week organization thread before we begin and to iron out any kinks before the tournament begins. As of right now, I am planning to do some kind of mid-season (around July) voting tournament as well, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there. No trades will be allowed as of this time. Maybe 2020 if we want to do that. On injured players: You can select an injured player in the draft. However, if the player has a serious injury (such as a torn ACL or broken bone), this may hurt you in crafting your best XI (and thus hurt you in the voting). As a general rule of thumb, if the player is going to be out for more than 8 weeks, he’s going to be considered ineligible to field. If the player is only listed to be out for a month or less, the injury may be overlooked in fielding your XI. Ultimately though, it is the team’s responsibility to argue for his player, meaning beware that selecting an injured player may hurt your team’s chances to win the tournament(s). Player eligibility list is here. @bungadiri, can you please sticky this thread and unstick the "gauging interest" one? Thanks!