The comparisons are inevitable. When two players are drafted back-to-back media, fans and the industry’s landscape can’t help but compare the two. Keegan Rosenberry and Brandon Vincent will forever be associated with one-another after they were drafted No.3 and No. 4 overall respectively in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft. Vincent was acquired by Chicago via trade with New York City FC along with regular allocation money in exchange for midfielder Jack Harrison on Jan. 14, 2016. Rosenberry was drafted by Philadelphia Union.
Vincent proved his worth at the collegiate level. He scored 13 goals and added three assists in 80 career games at Stanford, receiving NSCAA first-team All-American and Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year honors as a junior and senior and co-captaining the Cardinal to their first national title as a senior.
Rosenberry did his part at Georgetown for the Hoyas. He started all 25 games a freshman, a season that included two assists the NCAA tournament and a trip to the NCAA title game against Indiana. When it was all said and done, Rosenberry was a two-year captain, starting in 90 matches compiling four goals and 13 assists and for 21 points.
It should come as no surprise that both professionals were thought highly of when the draft rolled around in January. As the 2016 season progressed both players went to San Jose for the MLS All-Star Game in San Jose. Rosenberry was selected to the MLS starting XI voted on by the fans, while Vincent received a roster spot with a coaches’ selection.
At the time of the draft there were “experts” who questioned whether or not Philadelphia made the right selection in Rosenberry over Vincent. As the season has progressed, Rosenberry has silenced any doubt the public may have had on whether or not he was the right selection. Below is a table of how the two rookies have fared in 2016.
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Both rookie defenders have made their mark with their club’s in their rookie season. This will be the second time the Union will see Vincent in person. The Stanford product was not in the lineup in Chicago’s 1-0 victory over Philadelphia in early March, but was on the pitch in Philadelphia’s 4-3 win at Talen Energy Stadium in June.
Rosenberry and Vincent will continue to raise their stock as their careers progress, on Saturday both clubs who drafted them will have an opportunity to continue to watch their young stars grow and compete.