Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath, less a week into new job, is preparing to build a Major League Soccer roster by scouting international and college talent.
Heath, currently in Argentina with team Sporting Director Manny Lagos, will attend the NCAA men’s College Cup on Friday and Sunday in Houston.
The Loons hold the first pick in January’s college SuperDraft and Duke forward Jeremy Ebobisse is considered the top prospect, ahead of UCLA teammates Abu Danladi and Jackson Yueill, a Bloomington native.
But the College Cup final four teams hold draft intrigue. Reagan Dunk (Denver), Tomas Hilliard-Arce (Stanford) and Walker Hume (North Carolina) are promising defenders. Teammates Ian Harkes and Jacori Hayes (Wake Forest) are solid midfielders.
Lagos will attend the MLS Cup match on Saturday in Toronto between host Toronto FC and Seattle.
Minnesota, which recently announced signing veteran defenders Kevin Venegas and Justin Davis to MLS contracts, picks second in the MLS Expansion Draft on Dec. 13. The club will select five players from a pool of players left unprotected by their MLS teams.