For the last couple of years, the MLS SuperDraft has begun to be a tad watered down. The emerging talent in the Homegrown departments of the 20 MLS clubs has meant those coming from the college draft aren't nearly as valued as they once were before.
MLS is apparently looking to change some things with the draft in the future according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Real Salt Lake took Boyd Okwuonu with the sixth pick in the second round of the SuperDraft. The former USMNT under-20 World Cup starter was chosen by Real Salt Lake with a pick acquired from the Seattle Sounders in a draft day trade that sent RSL's first rounder to Seattle (Cristian Roldan). Okwuonu joins RSL after the club brought back fellow defender Jamison Olave, in December.
The first pick in the second round of the MLS SuperDraft was Conor Donovan, taken by Orlando City Soccer Club. The under-20 defender is with the youth national team, so he was not available for a live comment. His teammate Clement Simonin was surprisingly chosen in the top ten of the draft. Orlando acquired Cyle Larin, the consensus best player in the draft, with the first overall selection
The Syracuse goalkeeper is in California, so no words from him liev at the draft, but Toronto grabs a strong player at a position without much depth. Bono will compete with starter Joe Bendik for the no. 1 shirt on Toronto, who are looking to right the ship after missing out on the playoffs last year.
Hey folks, it's that time of year again. The NSCAA Convention, MLS SuperDraft and NWSL Draft have returned for their annual get together, this year - like the last one - in the Philadelphia Convention Center. The Convention is a collection of media, coaches, agents and sales people involved in soccer, especially at the youth and collegiate levels.
The Union have the thirty-first and forty-first picks in the SuperDraft. Managing Editor Eugene Rupinski was given the task.
With the real MLS SuperDraft happening this Thursday, the editors of all 20 MLS blogs got together on Friday night and held a mock MLS SuperDraft. Since the Philadelphia Union don't pick until halfway through the second round at number 31, it was a bit of a struggle for me since my knowledge of college soccer is only as broad as the one guy I played against in a rec league a couple years ago who I am like 80% sure played for a local college.
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.
Thanks to our friends at Toronto FC, we now have an idea of when the MLS offseason events are.
While the Philadelphia Union were busy promoting their futsal tournament and trying to get people to come to the Union Shop on Black Friday, Toronto FC was busy publishing an easy-to-use list of upcoming important MLS events.
Orlando City and New York City FC, who are getting ready for their first MLS season in 2015, will go head-to-head in the Expansion Priority Draft on Wednesday. The event will be streamed live on MLSsoccer.com at 2 pm ET.
After a draw conducted by supporters of both clubs to determine which club goes first, head coaches Jason Kreis (New York City) and Adrian Heath (Orlando City) will then alternate selections for priority among the following eight player acquisition mechanisms:
Toronto FC completed their first season sweep of the Columbus Crew last Saturday, and a big reason for their latest road win was rookie defender Nick Hagglund.
The No. 10 overall selection in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft started and playedthe full 90 minutes in TFC's 3-2 victory over the Crew, neutralizing forwards Adam Bedell, Jairo Arrieta, and playmaker Federico Higuain through the run of play.
Think Darren Mattocks and the term ‘outspoken' will often be found in his midst. A confident player, who sometimes falls into the realm of cocky, his explosion onto Major League Soccer started as soon as he was overlooked by the Montreal Impact in the 2012 MLS Superdraft.
Providence College products Keasel Broome and Markus Nagelstad, as well as Boston University's Dominique Badji, were selected during the final two rounds of the MLSSuperDraft, which was held via conference call on Tuesday.
Broome heard his name called by theSan Jose Earthquakesin the third round (45th overall), while Nagelstad was taken by New York City FC in the fourth round (64th overall).
The Cal State Fullerton forward became the sole member of the 2015 New England Revolution draft class afterthey used their lone pick toselecthimin the third round (47th overall) of Tuesday's MLS SuperDraft.
Fenelus, 22, was tabbed by the Revolution with the only pick which they acquired from Colorado last monthin a deal involving Geoffrey Castillion and Dimitry Imbongo at their disposal this year.
The Zolos go with defensive depth in the third and fourth rounds of the 2015 MLS SuperDraft
After adding a pair of attacking players (Dzenan Catic andEric Bird) in the first two rounds of the MLS SuperDraft last Thursday, the Union shifted focus to defensive needs in selecting UCLA center back/defensive midfielderAaron Simmons with the 51st pick in the third round and added St.
Dzenan Catic With the 31st pick of the MLS Superdraft, the Philadelphia Union selected a 6'3 center forward in Dzenan Catic. Originally from Bosnia, Catic played his high school ball at East Kentwood in Michigan, where he earned multiple accolades including three State Championships, three All-State awards, and was named [.
This year's MLS SuperDraft is not expected to live up to it's billing.
Philadelphia will again play host to the MLS SuperDraft on Thursday, but unless a deal is struck, the Philadelphia Union won't be grabbing too many headlines at the event in their backyard as they did last year trading up to make Andre Blake the first goalkeeper to go number one in the draft.
It's draft week, and time for the Union to fill the team up with one or two of the best young talents coming into the league. To get you in the mood for draft day, I've put together my top three and bottom three draft picks in Union history. Have a read, tell me why you disagree.
It was one of the most exciting weeks of early 2010.
On this latest installment of Black & Red United's Season Review, we look at defender Jeff Parke.
Veteran center back Jeff Parke was brought to D.C. United this season in part to serve as the final piece of a completely retooled defensive back line. Acquired from the Philadelphia Union a week before this year's MLS Superdraft in exchange for Ethan White and the top spot in the allocation order, Parke was a proven MLS defender in his years with Philadelphia and the Seattle Sounders.
The Chicago Fire exercised contract options on six of their players today, which means they also declined to exercise the options on eleven of their players today. As reported by our friends at Hot Time in Old Town earlier this month, there are quite a few recognizable names on the list.
Sporting KC closed out the 2015 MLS Superdraft today with two picks in the third and fourth round of the draft via conference call. In recent history the third and the fourth round hasn't brought a whole lot of sustainable talent to MLS, but it has brought some depth, and occasionally there is the break out talent that turns up.
The MLS Superdraft is less than a week away, and Sporting KC will be quite busy on Thursday. Sporting has six picks in the four round draft, including three in the first round, and four in the first 30 picks. Unfortunately from reading some reports from people that pay more attention to college soccer than I do, this doesn't appear to be the deepest draft, and appears to be weaker than most drafts in the recent past.
On tap tonight: Hardywood Raspberry Stout, pure tap water, Victory Earth & Flame, and hot chocolate with Disaronno
The SuperDraft is over, and your SuperFilibuster crew are here to tell you all about it. Adam is on assignment on a frozen tundra somewhere, so Jason and Ben are joined by Ryan and Leanne about all things D.
D.C. United building depth ahead of 2015 campaign - Goal.com: "The team will audition some trialists in search of a new third-string goalkeeper, and Olsen said United could use more cover across the back line.
We preview the 2015 MLS SuperDraft with Travis Clark of Top Drawer Soccer before turning to the recent D.C. United news.
It is MLS SuperDraft week, and that means that it is time for our yearly chat with Top Drawer Soccer's Travis Clark, the expert on all things college soccer. We talk about Cyle Larin, Cristian Roldan, and the other top players in the draft, the depth (or lack thereof) of talent in this draft, and the various goalkeepers in the draft (and where D.
D.C. United's Steve Birnbaum is the clear choice for 2014 MLS Rookie of the Year.
With the end of the regular season behind us and playoffs coming up soon, it is time for us to reflect on the season that was and talk about the year's awards. D.C. United have candidates for many of these awards, but today we will start with Rookie of the Year, and D.
After weeks of negotiations, rumors point to D.C. United and Fabian Espindola having agreed to a contract.
It has now been a week since the MLS SuperDraft, where Dave Kasper said that D.C. United was close to reaching an agreement with Fabian Espindola. The Argentine striker was taken in the second stage of the Re-Entry Process, which required the team and the player to come to a new contract agreement.
It is the MLS SuperDraft day, and here are the things you need to know.
Even though the SuperDraft is always "waning in importance," there are still good players to be found and smart teams that can find them. United has a good track record over the past five to six years, so let's hope they keep that streak alive.
The most publicized event of the week is the MLS SuperDraft, but the NSCAA Convention is a 5-day long exhibition of all aspects of the soccer world. From t-shirts to Teqball, and everything in between, it's an immense undertaking to see it all.
This is my first year attending the NSCAA Conference.
With the first pick of the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, Orlando City picks Cyle Larin
To almost no one's surprise, Orlando City SC chose Cyle Larin with the First overall pick in the MLS SuperDraft. The 6' 2" forward from the University of Connecticut is with the Canadian U-20's in Jamaica, but he did have a prerecorded message thanking the Orlando ownership, coaching staff, and fans.
Chris Albright and Jim Curtin spoke with the media Monday afternoon to discuss the upcoming MLS SuperDraft
Philadelphia Union Technical Director Chirs Albright and Head Coach Jim Curtin sat down for a conference with the media on Monday to discuss their off-season plans and strategy for Thursday's MLS SuperDraft.
With 2014 mercifully over Fire fans can start looking forward to a new season which officially begins in a few weeks when players report for physicals on January 25. The squad will look much different in 2015 with new Designated Players David Accam and Kennedy Igboananike in the fold but Frank Yallop and company still have work to do to fill out the roster between now and the end of January.
The move will allow Mwanga to see the field more, as the Congolese forward has only received 214 minutes of first team playing time this season.
The Colorado Rapids have confirmed that Danny Mwanga will soon join the New York Cosmos on loan. Since joining the Rapids in 2013, he's only played 770 minutes, and he's failed to score a goal in that time.