I was able to chat with Dynamo draftee, and Toros' midfielder, TJ Casner, a few weeks into his rookie season.
TJ Casner was a third round selection of the Houston Dynamo in the 2016 MLS Superdraft. He was coming off a season where he led the Clemson Tigers to the NCAA Championship game and was voted an All American.
The Philadelphia Union's supporters were out in full force in Baltimore for the 2016 MLS SuperDraft and they had their fair share of opinions
The Philadelphia Union did not disappoint with the amount of action with the third and sixth overall picks in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft. Within minutes of the draft starting, the Union traded Allocation Money to the Colorado Rapids for the second overall pick in the draft.
The MLS SuperDraft is an American invention of acquiring young talent, and the Philadelphia Union have had their fair share of draft picks. There hasn't always been positive outcomes. Here is our look at that history.
Outside of an academy in it's infancy, the MLS SuperDraft is the best opportunity for the Philadelphia Union to accumulate young talent.
SB Nation's MLS blogs got together for a 2016 SuperMockDraft.
Sunday, all of the MLS blogs at SB Nation got together and held a mock draft ahead of the MLS SuperDraft to be held later this week. The rules were pretty simple no trades and this draft only lasts for two rounds. As the Houston Dynamo don't have a first rounds draft pick (they traded it to the Philadelphia Union) we were left with a single second round pick.
The draft is coming up quickly on Thursday. Check out some draft trivia and other news below.
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This is perhaps the deepest position at this year's SuperDraft.
There tends to be a gluttony of MLS-ready midfielders in college soccer, and this year's edition is no different. There are small school gems, Generation Adidas players and some with youth national team experience available.
While the New England Revolution need a holding midfielder, there will undoubtedly be a talented player available to them at #10.
Nelson Rodriguez's wheeling and dealing during the MLS SuperDraft has resulted in the addition of Stanford left back Brandon Vincent, North Carolina CB Johnathan Campbell, and North Florida midfielder Alex Morrell. By selecting Jack Harrison with the first pick, it also enabled the Fire to gain allocation money from New York City FC along with Vincent via trade.
Are you like me? Did you forget* that there are two more rounds still to go in the MLS SuperDraft after rounds one and two were held last Thursday? And that those two remaining rounds will be held at 11:00 a.m. PST!?
*I didn't really forget. Come on, guys.
Turns out that the draft is not over yet and the Portland Timbers still have two picks to go: the last pick in round three at No.
The first two rounds of the 2016 MLS SuperDraft will be held today and the Portland Timbers have a pair of selections to burn.
Holding picks No. 20 and No. 40, the Timbers are not exactly primed to make a splash here, but players fall down the draft order, trades are made, and sleepers are selected every year in the SuperDraft, so let's keep an eye out none the less.
Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter and general manager Gavin Wilkinson held a conference call today in the wake of this week's bevy of moves from the team and before tomorrow's MLS SuperDraft. While the call covered plenty of ground, there were two big confirmations that came out of it: the team believes that Norberto Paparatto will be staying in Argentina and will not be with the Timbers next year, and the team is working to sign Jermaine Taylor, whose rights were taken during the 2015 MLS Re-entry Draft.
Since you can not watch the MLS Superdraft rounds 3 and 4, follow along here or on the MLS tracker
In the first two rounds the Sounders traded their top pick for Joevin Jones and then drafted Tony Alfaro and Zach Mathers in round two. The Rave Green have two more picks in the final rounds, unless they trade for more, with one per round.
The 2016 season could see a tactical shift, unless the club signs more midfielders, Sigi Schmid admits.
While predictions for the Seattle Sounders' 2016 season were anything but easy going into yesterday's MLS SuperDraft, the flurry of trades, draft picks, and rumors in the last 24 hours has made it even more difficult.
The Spanish rivals will have to work with what they've got. Sydney Leroux and Dom Dwyer are reunited in KC. Plus, MLS Superdraft intrigue!
MLS Superdraft Fallout
Sounder at Heart published a lot of stories yesterday, so there will be a bit of 'in case you missed it' here. The Superdraft happened (or, the first two rounds did), and Seattle Sounders picked up left back Joevin Jones, left-footed centerback Tony Alfaro, and midfielder Zach Mathers.
The MLS SuperDraft is the focus of this episode, with so many interviews from our crew.
The MLS SuperDraft was last week, and we had correspondents there to get all sorts of recordings for you. But first Adam, Jason, and Ben talk in studio, and we have to talk about the awful news that Bill Hamid is out for a couple of months with a knee surgery.
Olsen sees the Generation Adidas signing as capable as playing as a number 10, a number 8, a withdrawn forward, or out wide
The first round of the 2016 MLS SuperDraft was a busy one, with movers and shakers all making their mark early on in MLS' collegiate draft. Not to be left out, D.C. United moved up two spots in the first round, and picked Syracuse University midfielder Julian Buescher with the 11th pick overall.
Today is the first and second rounds of the MLS SuperDraft, so take all of your draft talk to our open thread. Everything else? This is always your open thread for any and all soccer news of the day, so have at it.
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Sporting Kansas City had just one pick in the first two rounds of today's MLS Superdraft, the 11th overall selection, and with that pick Sporting decided to trade the pick. Kansas City ended up trading the 11th overall selection to DC United in exchange for targeted allocation money, which can be used to buy down a designated player down below the designated player threshold.
Looks like the Seattle Sounders won't be picking in the first round of today's MLS SuperDraft, as it was just announced that they traded the pick to Chicago for an unnamed player. The Sounders' remaining picks, bar any other last-minute trades, will be 27th and 35th overall. The traded player is unnamed as of now, as MLS Commissioner Don Garber noted that all parties will be notified before the names are announced on television.
Holding the first pick in Thursday's MLS SuperDraft gives the Fire several options.The first scenario involves what most draft experts have been alluding to for several months. Go with the presumed number one player available in Georgetown's Josh Yaro and fill a need on the back line. There are questions as to what need Yaro would fill however.
Earnie Stewart and Jim Curtin held a press conference leading up to the MLS SuperDraft.
In preparation for the Union's upcoming SuperDraft, new Sporting Director Earnie Stewart and Head Coach Jim Curtin have been scouting at the MLS Combine, which started last Thursday. The Union currently hold their own third pick and the sixth pick from Houston, which they received as part of the trade for Cristian Maidana.