The first stage of the 2015 MLS Super Draft took place as part of the NSCAA Convention in Philadelphia, PA with all 20 MLS teams making picks of recently graduated or allocated player from college programs. 42 players were allocated to the various clubs in the first two rounds of four total, and the Portland Timbers picked up four players with varying backgrounds and experience.
CJ Sapong was brought in from Sporting Kansas City last January, in exchange for the Philadelphia Union's first selection (tenth overall) in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft. Initially thought to be a depth add, Sapong was a starter in the team's first game, in which he broke his face. After a month-long spell on the sidelines, he made his return to the field, primarily in a substitute role.
Dzenan Catic's remarkable season spearheaded Davenport's run to the NAIA championship and helped the Union to select him 31st overall in the 2015 SuperDraft. PSP spoke to Davenport head coach Chris Hughes about Catic.
Jim Curtin and Chris Albright discussed the possibility of moving up in the SuperDraft, the future of Maurice Edu, and reports that the Union are interested in Sacha Klejstan with the media on Monday. Here's a transcript.
It's time to start looking ahead to the 2015 MLS Superdraft.
Major League Soccer's list of 55 invitees to the annual pre-draft combine, released last week, provides an early glimpse at some college seniors whose names we'll be hearing more of over the next month as the MLS Superdraft approaches.
Add four more to the pile. MLS announced the signing of four more college seniors today, bringing the total number of players signed before Thursday's SuperDraft to 12, or 17 if you'd like to count the Generation adidas signings.
MLS had to go a bit heavier on the senior signings this year due to the lighter than normal GA class.
The former number one overall draft pick in 2010 is headed to his third MLS club.The Portland Timbers have acquired a first-round pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft from the Colorado Rapids in exchange for Mwanga.
The move opens the door for the Timbers to sign another striker too while it gives the Rapids some insurance while Edson Buddle is recovering from some knee issues.
On Monday, the Houston Dynamo announced that Rob Lovejoy was among the players who did not have their contract options picked up. On Tuesday, Lovejoy took to Twitter to announce that he would be retiring from soccer at 25. The midfielder is originally from North Carolina and will be returning home after accepting a job back home.
Last Friday's match in Orlando resulted in the Fire's first point of the season. With Razvan Cocis starting on the bench, second year midfielder Matt Polster wore the captain's armband. It could be an honor that Polster sees more often. The responsibility wasn't lost on the the team's first selection in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft.
Mathers played 71 matches for Duke before graduating this past December.
With their final pick of the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, Seattle Sounders selected Duke midfielder Zach Mathers. A native of Keller, TX, Mathers won multiple honors in high school, both with his club team Chelsea Solar and with Keller High School.
Sporting Kansas City continues to develop a working relationship with NASL side, the San Antonio Scorpions. After loaning goalkeeper Jon Kempin to the club earlier this season, the team announced today that they're sending the team's second of three first round picks, Saad Abdul-Salaam to San Antonio as well.
D.C. United this afternoon selected M/F Miguel Aguilar from the University of San Francisco (17th pick overall 1st Round) and MF Dan Metzger from the University of Maryland (42nd pick overall last pick in 2nd Round) in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA.