With the 40th pick in the 2016 MLS SupderDraft, the Portland Timbers selected Jamaican forward Neco Brett out of Robert Morris University.
Brett, 23, is known as a player who can stretch the field and take players on, either playing out on the left wing and cutting inside or lining up as a striker at the top of the team's formation.
In his time with Robert Morris, Brett Has been a hugely impactful player, particularly over the last three years. After an uneventful freshman year, Brett went on to score 42 goals in 54 games from 2013 to 2015, as well as providing 16 assists for his teammates in that same period. That production was enough to earn him the NEC Player of the Year award in his Sophomore, Junior, and Senior years.
Interestingly, Brett may have been a contemporary of Alvas Powell's at Portmore United, his childhood club and the club that Powell played for before joining the Timbers. While growing up in Jamaica, Brett was capped at the U-17 and U-20 levels.
Because of his international status, it may be difficult for Brett to take one of the Timbers' first team roster spots. However, if he is not able to join the firs team, it remains a strong possibility that Brett could join his fellow Jamaican youth international Rennico Clarke with T2.