2011 MLS SuperDraft

New England Revolution

Starting XI: McCarthy v. Soares

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McCarthy v. Soares 2013 stats. (Graphic by Sean Donahue/Photo Credits: Chris Aduama/aduama.com)

While the talk around the New England Revolution this week may have surrounded the discontent of captain Jose Goncalves, some of the more interesting storylines this preseason will be how the competitions play out for several starting spots.

Kinne keen for Revs success

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It's time to add another line to the long list of accomplishments for Monmouth University product Ryan Kinne. The Naugatuck, CT native, who helped lead the Hawks to national prominence under head coach Robert McCourt, is headed to the pros with his hometown team, the New England Revolution.

Monmouth's Ryan Kinne was taken by the Revs in the third round of the 2011 MLS SuperDraft.

Revs add three in Supplemental Draft

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The New England Revolution continued to add depth to their midfield with their three selections in the 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft on Tuesday afternoon. The Revs added midfielders Hunter Christiansen (first round, 6th overall) from University of Tulsa, Fernando Cabadas (second round, 24th overall) from Sacramento State, and Andrew Sousa (third round, 42nd overall) from Providence College.

Realistically speaking

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While it might be tempting to pencil A.J. Soares and Stephen McCarthy into the New England Revolution's starting XI based upon their standout collegiate careers and impressive MLS Combine performances, Head Coach Steve Nicol and Vice President of Player Personnel Mike Burns aren't quite ready to anoint them starters just yet.

Revs’ SuperDraft report card

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After all of the mock drafts, selection swapping, and scarf christenings, the 2011 MLS SuperDraft is now in the books. With that, the New England Soccer Today writers took a look at the New England Revolution's picks and gave their grades.

Julian Cardillo

Grade: A-
Going into the draft, the Revolution needed to continue rebuilding last year's defense (which allowed a league-high 50 goals), work on finding midfield players that can pass and open up space alongside Shalrie Joseph, and find an adequate answer to their goal scoring problems.

Revolution Recap: 2011 MLS SuperDraft Edition

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Join New England Soccer Today's Sean Donahue and Brian O'Connell for this special podcast, a SuperDraft edition of Revolution Recap, featuring post-draft comments from New England Revolution Head Coach Steve Nicol, Vice President of Player Personnel Michael Burns, and draftees A.J. Soares and Stephen McCarthy.

Attacking trio taken in third round

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BALTIMORE, Md. In the final round of the MLS SuperDraft, the Revolution addressed their offensive woes with the third round selections of forward Stephen Perry (39th overall) , midfielder/forward Ryan Kinne (42nd overall), and forward Alan Koger (54th overall).

Steven Perry (blue) was the first of three forwards the Revs selected in the third round.

McCarthy added to the mix

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Seeking to find another strong, defensive presence in their midfield, the Revolution selected one of the best at the 24th pick with their selection of Stephen McCarthy.

Stephen McCarthy could challenge for a starting spot in the Revs midfield (Photo courtesy MLSSoccer.com)

The 6-4 former North Carolina central midfielder earned Second Team All-ACC honors in 2010 after only one season in the perenially-strong ACC.

Revs take Soares at six

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BALTIMORE, Md. Holding the sixth overall pick in the SuperDraft, the New England Revolution went defensive with the selection of centerback A.J. Soares from the University of California.

A.J. Soares was the Revs top pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. (Photo courtesy MLSSoccer.com)

Soares, a four-year starter for the Golden Bears, was a semi-finalist for the 2010 M.

Major League Soccer

Timbers sign Nagbe and three others to contract extensions

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The Portland Timbers are riding an impressive 15-match unbeaten streak in MLS play, and several of the play players behind that successful run have decided to stick around or a while.

The Timbers announced on Monday that forward Darlington Nagbe, midfielders Kalif Alhassan and Diego Chara, and goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts had all signed new contracts with the team, keeping a talented core of players around for future seasons.

MLS First Kick Countdown: 23 days - Will Perry Kitchen make the leap to elite in 2013?

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We knew he had the potential to be something special when D.C. United drafted him third overall in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. We knew his ceiling was really high when the Black-and-Red moved him to his favored defensive midfield position at the end of his rookie campaign. Now, going into his third professional season, Perry Kitchen could be on the verge of something big.

Re-Grading The 2011 MLS SuperDraft

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The re-grades are in. (Getty Images)

Yesterday, I started to look back at previous SuperDrafts and the grades that I handed out to the various clubs. Based on my post history, I began grading the clubs in 2010 even though I covered the 2008 and 2009 drafts in other forms on here.

Many of you responded well to the 2010 re-grades from yesterday.

KYW’s Philly Soccer Show: Zak MacMath

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The Union's picks in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft are the subject of the latest installment of the Philly Soccer Show.

Zak MacMath, the Union's first pick in the draft, are co-hosts Greg Orlandini of KYW Newsradio and Philly Soccer page editor Dan Walsh guest.

Click here to listen to the podcast.

2011 MLS SuperDraft Grades and Recap

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Omar Salgado was the surprise number 1 pick yesterday. (photo vis MLS)

Yesterday was an absolute crazy day. The SuperDraft came and went in a hurry too. I wanted to first of all thank those who joined me here for the live blog. I'm sorry I was only able to keep it going for the first two rounds and really the second round was a bit light on my part.

2011 MLS SuperDraft: Toronto FC selects Junior Burgos. Here's a pre-Combine interview with him

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+ Junior Burgos -- 2011 MLS Draft Profile

2011 Major League Soccer -- MLS SuperDraft Live Blog

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Our good friends at Match Fit USA now hosting a MLS SuperDraft Live Blog.

Please go there for round 2 and round 3 coverage. Some solid soccer minds talking the game over there right now.


Cole Grossman 2011 MLS SuperDraft Profile

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Read on...

+ Cole Grossman -- 2011 MLS Draft Profile

2011 MLS SuperDraft Live Blog

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Join us today for live coverage of the 2011 MLS SuperDraft.

2011 MLS SuperDraft Live Blog

MLS SuperDraft 2011 Live Blog

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Join the Live Blog Thursday at 11:45AM!
MLS SuperDraft 2011

2011 MLS SuperDraft: Final Mock Draft

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It is SuperDraft eve. Feel the excitement? The buzz? Yeah this draft is shaping up to be one interesting ride tomorrow. Teams are in Baltimore as we speak getting geared up for this thing.

This will be my final mock draft for this SuperDraft. Today I'm going board and will be doing a two round version.

MLS SuperDraft 2011 - Live Chat Tomorrow

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The Chicago Fire is hosting a live chat during the draft tomorrow starting at 10:45 am. Join Fire team writer Jeff Crandall, the Daily Herald's Orrin Schwarz, MLSsoccer.com's Sam Stejskal, and me in discussing the draft live as it happens. Stop in and comment on the draft or share your thoughts on the Fire's selections and MLS.

Feeling a draft

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Prior to Thursday's SuperDraft, New England Soccer Today's Brian O'Connell caught up with Revsnet.com co-founder and draft guru Mike Marshall to get his take on the annual cavalcade of aspiring soccer stars.

Brian: When we last spoke, you referenced a number of talented Akron players (Darlington Nagbe, Michael Nanchoff, Kofi Sarkodie, Zarek Valentin, and Perry Kitchen) which have since been named Generation adidas players.

Team Draft Needs For Thursday

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Will Perry Kitchen go to Vancouver or to Portland. Both could use his services come Thursday. (Akron)

Its hard to believe the SuperDraft is nearly here. The MLS Combine wraps up later today and folks in Florida will be rushing (if they haven't already left) to get to Baltimore for the draft.

WVH Mock SuperDraft 3.0

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The MLS Combine is nearly here as it will kick off later today down in Florida. The SuperDraft itself is a mere six days away and it seems like we're only just getting started here with all of this. Its been a busy week for me here with work and other draft related items. On Tuesday I helped provide commentary for SBNation's live mock draft.

Vancouver Whitecaps

Timbers Notes: Nanchoff makes presence felt, Evans debut, and more

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PORTLAND, Ore.-After being selected with the eighth overall pick in 2011 MLS Superdraft, it seemed like Michael Nanchoff was destined for big things. But after two unproductive, injury-plagued seasons, the Vancouver Whitecaps decided not to retain the Akron product.

2011 MLS SuperDraft: Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps exclusive content

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We have some reactions from MLS draftees.

+ Toronto FC draftee Demitrius Omphroy

+ Toronto FC draftee Junior Burgos

+ Vancouver Whitecaps draftee Jeb Brovsky

Vancouver Whitecaps selects Jeb Brovsky with the first pick in the second round of the 2011 MLS SuperDraft

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Read more about Brovsky in his 2011 MLS Draft Profile w/quotes -- Jeb Brovsky

MLS SuperDraft

Supplemental talent

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After the dust finally settled on the 2011 MLS SuperDraft, several promising college prospects were left still looking for a team. In Tuesday's Supplemental Draft, they'll get a second chance to find an MLS home.

Northern Kentucky's Steven Beattie is among the top prospects still available in Tuesday's Supplemental Draft.

Anibaba, Herrick, Paul, and Conway Are New Fire Additions

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The Fire landed University of North Carolina defender Jalil Anibaba with the ninth pick in today's MLS SuperDraft. Anibaba, the MVP of the MLS Combine, was ranked by many as a top five pick and the Fire were understandably surprised to find him available at number nine. According to Technical Director Frank Klopas, Anibaba can play both central defense and right back equally well.

Let the draft begin

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I'm traveling down to Baltimore for today's SuperDraft so this news roundup may be a bit thin since I'm writing it Wednesday night rather than Thursday morning. The first round of the draft will be live on ESPN2 and ESPN3 with MLSSoccer.com providing coverage of the subsequent rounds.

2011 MLS

2011 MLS SuperDraft: Short Interview with Toronto FC's Demitrius Omphroy

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A great, quick read... This defender looks to have a bright future.

+ Demitrius Omphroy - 2011 MLS SuperDraft Interview

Columbus Crew selects Rich Balchan, see our 2011 MLS Combine Interview

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Read it here..

+ Rich Balchan -- 2011 MLS Combine Interview

Daniel Keat 2011 MLS SuperDraft Profile

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Find it here...

+ 2011 MLS Draft Profile -- Daniel Keat

The Akron Treble at the 2011 Major League SuperDraft

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The University of Akron with three former players selected back-to-back-to-back:

Pick #2 Overall -- Darlington Nagbe -- Midfielder -- Portland Timbers
Pick #3 Overall -- Perry Kitchen -- Midfielder/Defender -- D.C. United
Pick #4 Overall -- Zarek Valentin -- Defender -- Chivas USA

Greg King profile before the 2011 MLS SuperDraft

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Read the profile at the link.

+ 2011 MLS Draft Profile: Greg King

Jeb Brovsky profile before 2011 MLS SuperDraft

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Read about his rise up the draft boards here.

+ 2011 MLS Draft Profile: Jeb Brovsky

2011 Major League Soccer Player Combine Day One - January 8th

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We'll update the combine news and notes as much as possible here during the day so stay tuned.

+ Per @MLS_Insider "Don't forget that Game One of the #MLS Combine will stream live at MLSsoccer.com today at 1:45 EST. Tell a friend." ~That's really outstanding news.

+ ESPN.com's Scott French talking about the six SoCal MLS Combine prospects

+ Meet SMU's Leone Cruz via MLSInsider

+ A Family Affair via MLSInsider

+ Dustin gets brotherly advice via MLSInsider

2011 MLS Player Combine News: January 6, 2011

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+ Final Rosters Announced at MLSsoccer.com

+ MLS Insider with Foreign Non-Collegians Preview

+ 10 seniors to watch via Travis Clark MLSsoccer.com

+ MLS Combine article at USA10Kit


+ Steven Perry (Notre Dame)

+ CJ Sapong (James Madison)

+ Tommy Drake (Clemson)

+ Rich Balchan (Indiana)

+ Curtis Ushedo (UAB)

More to follow throughout the weekend.

The Rest

Ryan Richter named to USL Team of the Week

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The former Ocean City Nor'Easter and Philadelphia Union right back represents Bethlehem Steel FC in the USL's Best XI.

Bethlehem Steel FC's captain and right back Ryan Richter was named to the USL Team of the Week yesterday. Richter played the full 90 minutes, anchoring the back line that allowed zero shots on goal from FC Montreal en route to BSFC's 1-0 win in Quebec.

Sporting Kansas City selects CJ Sapong, see our 2011 MLS Combine Interview

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We spoke with CJ prior to the Major League Soccer Combine. See it here.

+ CJ Sapong -- 2011 MLS Combine Interview