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Reading United 2019 MLS SuperDraft Preview

By Zach Lahey, 01/10/19, 4:30PM EST


With Major League Soccer’s 2019 SuperDraft set to take place on Friday, former Reading United stars are set to hear their names called early and often in Chicago. United alums JJ Williams and Kamal Miller have been mentioned in multiple mock drafts as first round selections in the upcoming draft, with many other alums likely to be called soon after.


Since 2008, Reading United have had 57 former players selected at the SuperDraft. In each of the past eight drafts, a Reading player has been selected in the first round, including Mo Adams (Chicago Fire) and Paul Marie (San Jose Earthquakes) in 2018. Seven United players were drafted in the 2018 edition, tied for third most in a draft in Reading’s history.


JJ Williams will enter the draft early, as Reading United’s seventh alumni to sign a Generation adidas contract prior to the SuperDraft. The Reading alum appeared in seven matches for United during the 2017 season. JJ enjoyed an extraordinary junior season for the University of Kentucky, scoring 18 goals, third most in the nation. Williams swept Conference U.S.A. awards, as he was named Player of the Year, Offensive Most Valuable Player, and Tournament Most Valuable Player.


Kamal Miller was a stalwart for the United defense in the 2018 season, being named to the PDL All Eastern Conference Team. Kamal had an incredible career at Syracuse University, where he was a two-time captain. His senior season he earned Third Team All-ACC and All South Region by the United Soccer Coaches. Miller was ranked as the No. 21 Top Prospect in USL League Two.


Hugo Delhommelle played a key role in United winning the Middle-Atlantic Division back in 2016. Delhommelle appeared in 22 career matches for Reading over two seasons, scoring six goals. Hugo began his collegiate career at Lander University, where he was named a 2016 NSCAA DII All-American. After his sophomore season, Hugo transferred to Syracuse University. He led the team with six assists his junior year.


Ben Lundt helped lead the Akron Zips to the NCAA College Cup Final this season In his three years with the Zips, he recorded 27 shutouts and has a 0.94 GA/AVG for his career. He made six appearances in net for United in the 2017 & 2018 seasons. He accumulated fourteen saves and only allowed three goals.


Kervin Kenton Fadel appeared in two games for Reading United during the 2018 season, where the club reached the PDL National Championship for the first time in their history. Kervin was a standout at Coastal Carolina University, where he earned two First Team All-Sun Belt selections.


Khori Bennett had a tremendous 2018 season for Reading United, where he became United’s all-time leading goal scorer with eighteen goals in all contests. Bennett was named to the 2018 PDL All-Eastern Conference Team for his efforts. Bennett started his collegiate career with Northeastern University, but then transferred to Radford University this past season. Khori attended the Midwest Pro Soccer Combine, which took place on December 19th through December 20th in Brighton, Michigan.


Mark Forrest enjoyed a legendary career at Lehigh University, where he finished with 41 goals and 103 points, which was second most in Patriot League history.  Forrest was named a First Team All-Senior All American, First Team All Atlantic Region, and Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year during his senior year. Mark appeared in five matches for Reading United during the 2018 season.


Head Coach Alan McCann, 2018 PDL Coach of the Year, praised his former players for continuing tradition. “In keeping with the Reading traditions, it is another strong group that have come through the system and it is great to see them now pushing on to play at the next level,” McCann said.


Delhommelle, Fadel, Lundt, Miller, and Williams all participated in the 2019 Major League Soccer Player Combine this past week. Another United alumnus, Jakov Basic, was also invited, but declined to attend.