Here's a rumor for you to digest this morning. Ives Galarcep is reporting that sources are telling him the Portland Timbers will be sending forward Danny Mwanga to the Colorado Rapids in exchange for a 1st round 2015 SuperDraft pick. Here is the exact tweet:
Sources tell me Rapids trading a 2015 1st-rd pick to Portland for Mwanga.
Well they said they were going to try to get back into the draft and here we are. On the day of the MLS SuperDraft, the Portland Timbers sent forward Mike Fucito down to the San Jose Earthquakes in exchange for their second round draft pick, #34 overall.
Additionally, while the Timbers acquired Chivas USA's #2 allocation spot in exchange for either the Timbers' second round draft pick or international roster spot, Chivas USA opted for the international roster spot, thus allowing the Timbers to keep this second round pick.
Per a team press release, the New England Revolution have announced the additions of 2013 SuperDraft picks Donnie Smith and Luis Soffner to their now 28-man roster for the upcoming season. Smith, a midfielder from UNC-Charlotte, and Soffner, a goalkeeper from Indiana University, have both been with New England for the entirety of pre-season including both trips to Arizona.
With the first round in the books, the New England Revolution are ready to feast upon the remaining second-round talent. With three picks in the round, they have a chance to cast a wide net and hopefully pull in at least one meaningful contributor in the round.
With their first pick in the second round, pick 21, the Revs took Donnie Smith, a midfielder/forward out of UNC-Charlotte.
Having the first pick in most American professional sports drafts is certainly better than having the fourth. On the one hand, it usually means you had a bad season; on the other hand, it could mean you engineered a great trade to take that season's top incoming talent. The New England Revolution appear to have just done the latter, trading the number four pick and some allocation money to Toronto in exchange for the number one selection in Thursday's SuperDraft.
"Ok ball - you take Hassli and I'll throw in some ball polish. Deal?" Welcome to our unexpectedly ongoing SuperDraft pre-game show. Up next Diana Ross takes a free kick. But first... "TFC did whaaaaaaaaaaaa?" Out of all of the mock draft prognostication and "will they/won't they" trade one or both of the picks, not many would have guessed at this one.
The Portland Timbers added another player to their overall roster by signing former University of Akron player (and Vancouver Whitecap) M/F Michael Nanchoff. The signing now puts the Timbers at 31 players officially on the roster, meaning the Timbers will need to make some type of roster adjustment before the March 1 MLS compliance deadline.
The Houston Dynamo announced the trade of Jamaican midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson to FC Dallas for a second round 2015 MLS SuperDraft pick. With the trade, the Dynamo seemed to clear the way to move Hearts midfielder Andrew Driver to the club since Watson's move opens an international roster spot.
Earlier today, the Dynamo confirmed interest in Driver and could be set to make the move official in the coming days.
Anthony Arena (3) appeared in 79 games over his four-year career at Wake Forest. (Gerry Broome/Associated Press)
Building depth for preseason camp and perhaps eventually for the reserve league roster, the Dynamo made three picks Tuesday in the 2013 MLS Supplemental Draft.
The Dynamo took Wake Forest defender Anthony Arena with the 18th pick in the first round, which actually is the equivalent of the third round in this year's draft considering the SuperDraft last week lasted only two rounds.
Patrick Mullins will still be a high draft pick in 2014. (Photo via University of Maryland Athletics/Greg Flume)
Yes, I know it is extremely early to be doing a list like this but it's Friday, I have a day off, and I say why not. Just after national signing day I thought it would be a good time to break out the college reports and see who was worth a look at for next year's MLS SuperDraft.
Yesterday, I started to look back at previous SuperDrafts and the grades that I handed out to the various clubs. Based on my post history, I began grading the clubs in 2010 even though I covered the 2008 and 2009 drafts in other forms on here.
Many of you responded well to the 2010 re-grades from yesterday.
The Supplemental Draft typically is even more hit or miss than the SuperDraft when it comes to acquired talent, making it difficult to judge success early into the preseason process, but the Philadelphia Union may have maximized their player returns from this year's edition.
Philadelphia had three picks in the first two rounds, five overall, and the team's focus was clear from the first pick onward.
Pedro Gomes and Luke Lohr discuss the SuperDraft and it's importance to North American soccer as a whole. Toronto FC impresses in their pick ups while the Vancouver Whitecaps gain speed. Speaking of the Whitecaps, newly signed defender Brad Rusin joins us to talk about his time in the Danish Superliga and how he ended up in Major League Soccer.
It's been a big couple months in Kansas City. Not only has SKC hosted its first World Cup qualifier, but the StrongBox is also hosting the 2013 All-Star Game. Now, to add to the party (this uni-nerd's party, anyway), the club rolled out its new look for the first time at the SuperDraft today (which I'll have plenty on later), complete with a much-needed shirt sponsor.
Up until a few hours ago, today promised to be a fairly uneventful one for the Portland Timbers. Luckily for you, and us, the Timbers decided that it would be better to have a pick somewhere within today's SuperDraft than none at all. As such, they acquired San Jose Earthquakes second round pick (#34 overall) in exchange for forward Mike Fucito.
The MLS Draft goes down today in Indianapolis. (Despite the billing, this is not a SuperDraft. You tell me Falcao is available today, I'll change my mind.) But it's the player movement around this shapes the team a little bit more.
Joe Willis is a rather large gentleman. If you pay attention at all to his blonde facial hair, he also frequently looks like he's spent considerable time lost in the Rocky Mountains, which is borderline conceivable for the Colorado native and University of Denver product. He might actually be Bigfoot, now that I think about it.
As the 2013 MLS season approaches, we're running the proverbial rule over each player on D.C. United's roster.
Joe Willis is a rather large gentleman. If you pay attention at all to his blonde facial hair, he also frequently looks like he's spent considerable time lost in the Rocky Mountains, which is borderline conceivable for the Colorado native and University of Denver product.
I was hoping something like this would happen. With Chivas USA transparently trying to become nothing more or less than an all Mexican (or Mexican-American) MLS team, I really was hoping that Dave Kasper would reach into the Goats' back pocket and just fleece a little bit off the top. Today, that's just what happened, as D.
RENTON - When media members were let into the fieldhouse at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Sounders FC training, we saw exactly what we expected to see. Andy Rose and David Estrada were among the top three in the first heat of the beep test, battling with Alex Caskey for aerobic-fitness superiority.
Big news and interesting info today. Obviously the focus is the announcement that Denver will be one of the hosts for this summer's Gold Cup in July for the first time. The Gold Cup is CONCACAF's continental championship consisting of 12 teams. The qualifiers for this year's tournament are the United States, Mexico, Canada, Cuba, Trinidad & Tobago, Haiti, Martinique, Costa Rica, Honduras, Belize, El Salvador, and the winner of Friday's Guatemala - Panama match.
With the 30th overall pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft, the Chicago Fire selected Yazid Atouba Emane. Atouba is a player from Cameroon. On the face of things, this might appear to be like when the Chicago Fire selected Patrick Nyarko in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft. Atouba is quite different from Nyarko though.
Here come TFC's draft picks... "Wheeler dealer". Not only did Kevin Payne grab Harry Redknapp's best defender as his next manager but he may have also stolen his nickname. After TFC's performance at today's SuperDraft, he may just have a case.
The team that 24 hours ago had the 1st and 3rd picks ended up (take a breath now.
Tomorrow is the 2013 MLS Superdraft. This year the draft takes place in Indianapolis. Sporting will have a quiet day overall though. KC just has one pick in the Superdraft after trading both of their second round picks, for Josh Garnder (a pick acquired from New York originally) and Ike Opara. Earlier this month, I took a look at how the 14th draft pick has worked out for teams over the years.