The SuperDraft is actually only halfway over, and the Black-and-Red have one more pick
The 2017 MLS SuperDraft came and went last week, and yet we still have half of the remaining picks to go. While cutting the draft in half was wise - anyone that has attended probably knows the "joy" and "euphoria" that sets in sometime during the third hour - we're still left with an odd situation.
After selecting a defender with their first round pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft, D.C. United stayed defensive in the second round, selecting Eric Klenofsky with the 34th overall pick, a 6'6" goalkeeper from Monmouth University. Klenofsky started during his four years for the Hawks, though he was limited to 11 games in 2016 due to injuries.
The Black-and-Red went local with the 12th overall pick, fortifying their defensive depth with Odoi-Atsem
With their first pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft, D.C. United selected Maryland Terrapins defender Chris Odoi-Atsem. Described by Terps coach Sasho Cirovski as "the strongest one-on-one defender [he'd] ever coached," Odoi-Atsem has deep local roots.
The Portland Timbers made their big splash early in the draft when they traded up to take Jeremy Ebobisse with the No. 4 pick. Now Ebobisse has some company in the Timbers' rookie class after Caleb Porter and company took UCLA center back Michael Amick with the No. 32 pick.
The Bruins' captain since his sophomore year and a regular contributor since he was a freshman, Amick played 73 games over the course of his four years with the Bruins.
It is time for the 2017 MLS SuperDraft and the Portland Timbers hold the No. 10 and No. 32 picks in this year's college player give-away.
Although questions abound every year about the draft's continued relevance, this year's crop of college seniors, Generation Adidas players, and international signees boasts a number of players who look likely to contribute at the MLS level.
Maloney was the fifth pick in the third round and the 49th overall
Philadelphia Union Academy alum Connor Maloney was drafted on Tuesday by the Columbus Crew SC with the fifth pick in the third round and the 49th overall selection in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft.
Maloney, who will turn 22 in May, was on the Union team that won the 2012 Generation adidas Cup but did not qualify to sign a homegrown contract despite spending time at Reading United and training with the first team as recently as last summer.
With SuperDraft rounds 1-3 in the books, we assess the Revs' top picks.
During the 2017 MLS SuperDraft, the Revolution front office looked beyond its glaring defensive needs and chose to bolster its attack, drafting forward Brian Wright (20th overall) and midfielder Napo Matsoso (31st).
Both picks offer intrigue, as Wright's senior season at Vermont ended in a bid for the MAC Hermann Trophy and Matsoso, a decorated player in his own right, assisted 20 career goals at Kentucky.
Sporting KC made their lone selection of the first day of the 2017 MLS Superdraft, collecting UNC outside back, Colton Storm. Storm started all 21 games for UNC in his senior season this past year, recording three assists for the Tar Heels as they went 14-3-4. He scored two goals and had seven assists in his career.