Chris Odoi-Atsem and Eric Klenofsky made waves in Florida
Two of the rookies that D.C. United drafted this year during the MLS SuperDraft made inroads during United's first preseason camp, earning playing time during the first set of friendlies. Chris Odoi-Atsem, the right back selected in the first round from played in the first two friendlies, against the USA U-17 team and the Philadelphia Union, while Eric Klenofsky, the towering goalkeeper from Monmouth University, played the second 45 minutes in all three games.
Fabian Herbers played a big role in the Union's offense during his rookie season, but did he make the most of it?
Overall, the sixth pick in the MLS SuperDraft had a pretty solid season coming off the bench for the Philadelphia Union. Fabian Herbers managed to put away three goals and supply seven assists in MLS this year, which is solid production from a rookie who came off of the bench for most of the season.
D.C. United announced this morning that they have officially signed Ian Harkes to a homegrown player contract. The Wake Forest senior would have been a top three pick in this year's MLS SuperDraft, and is a a player who will challenge for starting minutes on day one.
Following a recent pattern, the Black-and-Red opted not to make one last selection
D.C. United had the 78th overall pick in the MLS SuperDraft, but opted to pass during today's third and fourth rounds. The back half of the draft is completed via conference call, and as in 2016, the Black-and-Red were on the clock in the middle of the final round.
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.
A look ahead to the some of the top college prospects for next year
Another SuperDraft has come and gone, and while a lot can happen before next January, here's an early look at some of the top non-MLS Academy prospects in college soccer to keep an eye on through the spring exhibition season, summer amateur leagues and the fall regular season.
There's another draft today. It's the continuation of the SuperDraft, but with less Super.
Today's third and fourth rounds of the MLS SuperDraft are a bit less interesting than the early rounds. The 117 players remaining for selection with today's 44 picks aren't in Generation Adidas, nor were most on Hermann watchlists (though Sounders HGP eligible Seattle U senior Kyle Bjornethun was).
The transition from college soccer to the professional game is a difficult task in itself, but trying to do that as a goalkeeper, where limited positions are held across the league, is even more difficult. Monmouth goalkeeper Eric Klenofsky is aware of that from his experiences with MLS-affiliated youth clubs and his time on trial in England, but he feels he's ready to makethe step up.
Nick DePuy immediately sticks out on a soccer field because of his size. It's an asset, along with a few other strengths of his skill set, that has led him to every position on the pitch since a young age. Now a forward, the UC-Santa Barbara product played full back and center back in college, as well as midfield when he was younger.
The road to the MLS Combine and Draft is direct for many, but Daniel Johnson has taken the circuitous route around a minefield of speed bumps to reach the showcase week for college prospects. The University of Louisville midfielder's journey has taken him to England, back home to the States and then to two different colleges before landing in California for the combine and draft.
Union notes: Schedule news, more draft picks and Temple soccer history At long last, we've got a few exhibition games on the Philadelphia Union calendar.
Union To Play In Rowdies Suncoast Invitational Preseason Tournament Philadelphia Union today announced that it is set to participate in the 2017 Rowdies Suncoast Invitational, a preseason tournament that takes place in the St.
I'm watching the MLS SuperDraft, and the commentary panel keeps saying there hasn't been much surprise in the proceedings. Gotta say I don't agree with that sentiment at all. And I'm astomished how many teams were shifting their boards all around after the combine - throwing out a year or two's worth of scouting competitive games for what are essentially a few quick pick-ups is beyond silly.
The first marquee event of 2017 in Major League Soccer takes place on Friday with the MLS SuperDraft in Los Angeles.
Expansion clubs Minnesota United and Atlanta United own the first and second-overall selections, respectively. Syracuse defender Miles Robinson, Duke forward Jeremy Ebobisse and UCLA's Abu Danladi are three of the top prospects in the draft, but there are plenty of other quality choices available.
How to increase the diminishing returns of the MLS SuperDraft
With the annual release of the initial list of MLS Combine invitees behind us, it's time again to talk about the coming MLS SuperDraft and the unnecessary limitations associated with it that reduce opportunity for teams and players alike.
The San Francisco Dons player is a PDL standout with academy experience in Germany and the USYNT ranks.
The New England Revolution selected University of San Francisco defender Joshua Smith in the fourth round of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft this afternoon. As the 75th overall pick, Smith joins Vermont forward Brian Wright and Kentucky midfielder Napo Matsoso, who were selected as the 20th overall and 31st overall picks respectively last Friday in the MLS SuperDraft.
The biggest takeaway from the MLS SuperDraft has nothing to do with players Kevin Kinkead takes a look at the biggest thing to come out of last week's draft.
MLS unveils ambitious 2017 US national broadcast schedule Major League Soccer last week unveiled its 2017 season schedule, revealing an ambitious national TV slate coming off of a 2016 season that featured record numbers.
The Houston Dynamo selected Joe Holland, Jake McGuire and Danilo Radjen in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft.
The team kicked the draft off by trading the fourth overall pick in the SuperDraft to Portland Timbers FC for the 10th overall pick, $100,000 in General Allocation Money and a 2017 International roster slot.
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.
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.
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.
Here's everything the Sounders did during the MLS SuperDraft
While the excitement behind the MLS SuperDraft as a method of club-building is waning, for some players it is their biggest shot to catch on with a club and prove they can make it in professional soccer. Most make or break it at the combine; Tesho Akindele went from relative unknown to a high pick based on his performance, landing at the sixth spot in 2014.
Four players who prove there's value at the end of round one—if you do some digging.
During the Jay Heaps era, the Revolution have grown accustomed to selecting near the top of the MLS SuperDraft. In fact, the club has enjoyed five top-ten picks in the past five years, drafting the likes of Kelyn Rowe, Andrew Farrell and Patrick Mullins (now with D.
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.