New England Trades Up to Nab Louisville’s Andrew Farrell with First Pick in MLS SuperDraft

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Louisville and Georgetown—two schools more commonly known for their basketball programs than for soccer—featured prominently in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft as the Cardinals and Hoyas each had three former players selected in Indidanapolis yesterday.

Louisville defender Andrew Farrell (above left) was the No. 1 pick, going to the New England Revolution, which traded up to get him, swapping the No. 4 selection and allocation money to Toronto FC for the first draft position.

Farrell, 20, was born in Kentucky but moved to Peru with his parents, who are missionaries, for 10 years of his childhood. He returned in his teen years and played at Atherton High School in Louisville before joining the recently ascendant Cardinals program.

He’s an athletic defender with decent feet who can play center back or outside back. He also played in midfield for much of his senior season at Louisville. In his junior year, Farrell was the Big East Defensive Player of the Year, and he was a first-team All-America and Hermann Trophy semifinalist this past season.

Louisville, which reached the final eight of the 2012 NCAA tournament, had two other players selected as midfielder Paolo DelPiccolo went in the second round (27th overall) to Montreal, and defender Greg Cochrane went 38th to Los Angeles. The Cardinals had four players picked in last year’s draft, including MLS Rookie of the Year contenders Nick DeLeon (DC United) and Austin Berry (Chicago).

The Cardinals’ Big East rival Georgetown, which reached the 2012 NCAA final, narrowly losing to Indiana, had a first-round selection in defender Tommy Muller, who went to San Jose with the 15th pick, and two second-rounders in midfielder Ian Christianson (New York, No. 22), and defender Jimmy Nealis (Houston, 37).

After New England selected Farrell, Chivas USA chose Connecticut midfielder Carlos Alvarez at No. 2 (as they said they would), and Toronto FC used the third pick on Boston College midfielder Kyle Bekker, a Canadian U-23 international who showed very well at the MLS Combine in Florida before the draft.

The star-crossed TFC, which has never made the MLS playoffs, did pretty well for itself in the draft, with ex-DC United exec Kevin Payne leading the way. The Reds traded two picks to haul in valuable allocation money, and they got two promising young Canadian players in Bekker and the speedy, versatile Emery Welshman, who can play outside back or striker. As a senior at Oregon State, Welshman (who’s Canadian, despite the surname), bagged 10 goals and four assists.

Other notable developments on Draft Day:

• Vancouver worked a deal with Toronto to obtain the No. 4 pick, which they used to select 18-year-old Gambia native Kekuta Manneh, a speedburner with tremendous upside potential, as Hubie Brown would say. Manneh scored 12 goals in 13 appearances for fourth-tier side Austin Aztex last season. The Whitecaps also added Santa Clara striker Erik Hurtado, another speedster, with the fifth pick.

• Seattle landed well-regarded Indiana striker Eriq Zavaleta, unexpectedly available at No. 10. The former Hoosier can also play defender, and the Sounders plan to use him as a center back, in the wake of Jeff Parke’s departure to Philly.

• The Colorado Rapids had a banner day, signing 22-year-old Chilean international winger Kevin Harbottle (he’s Chilean, honest) before nabbing Jamaican striker Deshorn Brown (University of Central Florida, No. 6 overall), Notre Dame midfielder Dillon Powers (No. 11), and super-athletic Cal-St Bakersfield left back Kory Kindle (No. 25) in the SuperDraft.

The day before the draft, the Rapids traded midfielder Jeff Larentowicz to Chicago for the 11th pick, allocation money, and a 2013 international slot. Larentowicz is the third prominent Rapids player to depart this offseason, following Conor Casey (Philadelphia) and Omar Cummings (Houston).

• Furman defender Walker Zimmerman, a highly touted US youth international projected as a Top 3 pick by most observers, fell to No. 7, where he was picked up by FC Dallas.

Mikey Lopez, a defensive midfielder from UNC who was tabbed as a cinch for the Top 10, fell to 14, where he was happily collected by Sporting Kansas City.

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Draft Day: Grading the No. 1 Picks in MLS History

Better an Edu...

The prevailing buzz on today’s SuperDraft (Noon ET, ESPN2) is that the expansion Montreal Impact will select either Akron striker Darren Mattocks, Duke standout Andrew Wenger, or UCLA forward Chandler Hoffman with the No. 1 pick.

Whomever they select, how will he stack up against previous top picks in MLS? Let’s take a look at them:

1996—Brian McBride*, Columbus Crew

MLS Career Span: Columbus 1996-2004, Chicago 2008-

Highlight(s): Scored 17 goals in his rookie year; MLS Alltime Best XI selection; 62 goals in 161 games for Columbus; 12 in 33 for Chicago so far.

Currently: Retired after 2010 season. Scored his 80th MLS goal in final game.

Comment: McBride made an international name for himself via successful loan stints in England and a five-year career at Fulham, where he became a club legend. Played for the U.S. in the 1998, 2002, and ’06 World Cups, scoring three goals, including game-winners against Portugal and Mexico in ’02.

Selection Grade: A+? … A++?

1997—Tahj Jakins, Colorado Rapids

MLS Career Span: Colorado 1997-2000; Kansas City 2000-2001

Highlight(s): Being selected No. 1 overall? Thirteen starts in 1998 season?

Currently: Retired. Last known soccer address was with the A-League’s Pittsburgh Riverhounds in 2001.

Comment: Jakins was a first-team All America at UCLA in 1996, but didn’t quite establish himself in MLS.

Selection Grade: D+

1998—Leo Cullen, Miami Fusion

MLS Career Span: Miami 1998-2001; New England Revolution 2001-2003; Colorado 2005

Highlight(s): Reached MLS Cup 2002 with New England.

Currently: Retired. Associate head coach at Army. Cullen was also Maurice Edu’s agent at the 2007 SuperDraft.

Comment: Cullen earned three call-ups to the U.S. national team, and there was a time when it looked like he might be a Nats mainstay. That didn’t work out, but he produced a quality MLS career.

Selection Grade: B

1999—Jason Moore, DC United

MLS Career Span: D.C. 1999-2000; Colorado 2000-2001; Chicago Fire 2001-2002; New England 2002-2003

Highlight(s): With one goal, 11 assists in 92 games, they were few and far between.

Currently: Retired.

Comment: Moore was a lean, athletic-looking midfielder out of UVA with U.S. youth national team experience, but … he just didn’t pan out.

Grade: C-

2000—Steve Shak, MetroStars

MLS Career Span: New York 2000-2001; Colorado 2001-2002

Highlight(s): He scored one goal for the MetroStars in 32 appearances—but, hey, it was a game-winner, against New England, 14 games into his rookie season.

Currently: Retired. Assistant coach with the USL Pro [third tier] Charlotte Eagles.

Comment: The MetroStars’ selection of Shak, even though Carlos Bocanegra, Danny Califf, Bobby Convey and Nick Garcia—all of whom would go on to be capped by the U.S.—were still available, is not only a landmark low for the underachieving franchise, but also a Sam Bowie moment for MLS in general.

Selection Grade: D-

2001—Chris Carrieri, San Jose Earthquakes

MLS Career Span: San Jose 2001; Colorado 2001-2003; Chicago 2004

Highlight(s): Five goals and four assists in 14 games for Colorado in his rookie season; 11 goals and five assists in his second year with the team.

Currently: Retired. Last played for the Richmond Kickers in 2009, scoring one goal in five games as the team won the USL2 title.

Comment: Carrieri was an All-America in his junior year at North Carolina, leading the nation in scoring with 25 goals and 14 assists. He also had a bit of a big mouth (he promised to lead San Jose to the MLS title—before the Quakes traded him to Colorado that year). These two factors caused many to tag him an MLS bust, but he was more disappointment than bust, fading after a strong second season in the league.

Selection Grade: C+

2002—Chris Gbandi, FC Dallas

MLS Career Span: Dallas 2002-2007

Highlight(s): Named Dallas’s defender of the year in 2006; scored sick goal v Real Salt Lake in 2007, rocket from 21 yards into the upper corner.

Currently: Retired. Assistant coach at his alma mater, UConn. Played in Norway and the USL after MLS.

Comment: Gbandi was a two-time All-America at the University of Connecticut, but he blew out his knee in his rookie season in MLS, missing the entire year. He bounced back impressively for the Hoops before jumping to Norway’s FK Haugesund.

Selection Grade: B

2003—Alecko Eskandarian, D.C. United

MLS Career Span: D.C. 2003-2006; Toronto FC 2007; Real Salt Lake 2007; Chivas USA 2008-2009; Los Angeles Galaxy 2009-2010

Highlight(s): Man of the Match in MLS Cup 2004 with two goals in D.C.’s win 3-2 win over Kansas City.

Currently: Retired. Youth technical director for the Philadelphia Union.

Comment: The son of former New York Cosmos star Andranik Eskandarian had an injury-plagued career in MLS, and retired in 2010 after a long layoff with post-concussion syndrome. If not for the health problems, he’d probably have more than one cap for the U.S.

Selection Grade: B

2004—Freddy Adu D.C. United

MLS Career Span: D.C. 2004-2006; Real Salt Lake 2006-2007

Highlight(s): Became the youngest player in more than a century to appear in a U.S. professional sports league of any kind when he made his MLS debut in April 2004 at age 14. Three-time MLS Goal of the Week winner. Good showing in 2011 Gold Cup.

Currently: With the Philadelphia Union.

Comment: Adu was so advanced at age 14 that many people doubted that was his actual age. Well, it was, and now, at 22, he’s come full circle.

Selection Grade: B- (extra points for PR generated by pick)

...than a Besagno.

2005—Nik Besagno, Real Salt Lake

MLS Career Span: RSL 2005-2008

Highlights: Being mercifully released in November 2008, after only eight appearances in three seasons.

Currently: In the USL Premier Development League (4th level) with the Kitsap Pumas.

Comment: Besagno, who signed a Generation adidas contract at age 16, is a prime example of a club wildly misjudging a prospect.

Selection Grade: F

2006—Marvell Wynne, New York Red Bulls (drafted when team was MetroStars).

MLS Career Span: Red Bulls 2006-2007; Toronto FC 2007-10, Colorado 2010-

Highlights: Five assists in 2009; MLS Cup title with Colorado in 2010; five caps for the U.S. national team.

Currently: With Colorado.

Comment: Wynne is astoundingly athletic and quick, but lacks technical polish.

Selection Grade: B

2007—Maurice Edu, Toronto FC

MLS Career Span: Toronto 2007-2008

Highlights: Rookie of the Year in 2007, with 25 appearances and four goals.

Currently: With Glasgow Rangers of the Scottish Premier League.

Comment: Edu immediately thrived in MLS and became a national-team regular. He’s battled injuries throughout his career, but has 30 caps with the U.S., played in the 2010 World Cup and is a regular at Rangers.

Selection Grade: A

2008—Chance Myers, Kansas City Wizards (via San Jose)

MLS Career Span: Kansas City 2008-

Highlight(s): Breakout season in 2011, started 24 games at right back, excelled.

Currently: With KC—now called Sporting Kansas City.

Comment: Myers missed much of his rookie season after contracting mononucleosis, then broke a bone in his foot in 2009, making only six appearances, all as a sub. But he established himself as a quality wingback in 2011.

Selection Grade: B

2009—Steve Zakuani, Seattle Sounders FC

MLS Career Span: Seattle 2009-

Highlights: Tied Fredy Montero for club lead in goals with 10 in 2010. Two goals, two assists in six appearances in 2011.

Comment: Zakuani turned down a bigger offer from English club Preston North End to sign with MLS, and had two fine seasons and the beginnings of a third before Brian Mullan broke his leg with an awful tackle in April 2011. Currently rehabbing.

Selection Grade: A-

2010—Danny Mwanga, Philadelphia Union

MLS Career Span: Philadelphia 2010-

Highlights: Seven goals and four assists in 17 starts in his rookie season; finalist for Rookie of the Year award.

Comment: Suffered a bit of a sophomore slump in 2011, making just 13 starts. Had five goals and four assists. Big, physical 20-year-old’s game needs to grow in Year 3.

Selection Grade: B+

2011—Omar Salgado, Vancouver Whitecaps

MLS Career Span: Vancouver 2011-

Highlights: First professional goal in April vs Columbus. This incredible run with the Generation adidas side (see 1:55 mark).

Comment: Didn’t get a lot of playing time in 2011. Still only 18.

Selection Grade: Incomplete.

*McBride was the No. 1 pick in the MLS Inaugural Draft, but the league also held a college draft in 1996, and the No. 1 pick there was St. Louis University product Matt McKeon, who went on to a solid seven-year career in the league, earning two caps with the U.S. national team.

Tracking Last Year’s SuperDraft Picks: How Did they Do?

Doubts about the viability of the MLS SuperDraft grow each year, and with the recent sharp rise in MLS academy programs, along with the change to the Designated Player rule to attract younger international players, the draft, which had four rounds in 2010 and three last year, has been reduced to two rounds this year.

Many observers believe it will soon go the way of the dodo (a phrase, by the way, that has itself gone the way of the dodo), but the 2012 edition kicks off tomorrow in Kansas City (Noon ET, ESPN2 and ESPN3) and there are some talented prospects available.

The college game will be further marginalized in years to come, but, in the tradition of Claudio Reyna, Clint Dempsey, and Kasey Keller (among many others), it still manages to produce some quality future pros. Look no further than last year’s SuperDraft class:

1. Omar Salgado, F (US U-20s), Vancouver Whitecaps—Not a college player, but he entered MLS as the surprise top pick of the SuperDraft. After sorting out his eligibility issue, Salgado struggled to find playing time behind Eric Hassli (11 goals) and Brazilian Camilo (12 goals). But he showed well on the recent Generation adidas (GA) tour of the Netherlands, and he’s still only 18 years old.

2. Darlington Nagbe, MF (Akron), Portland Timbers—The Liberian battled injuries at the start of his rookie season, but gradually worked his way into the lineup and, in July, scored a sensational volley that was voted 2011 MLS Goal of the Year.

3. Perry Kitchen MF/D (Akron), DC United—The US U-20 international signed a GA contract with MLS after one season at Akron and quickly slotted into DC’s first XI, making 30 starts and 31 appearances. He had a good season and finished second in the Rookie of the Year voting.

4. Zarek Valentin, D (Akron), Chivas USA—Another Akron Zip, another promising young pro: Valentin made 25 appearances (24 starts) in his first season with the Goats and next year figures to be a key cog in defense for Montreal, which selected him in the Expansion Draft.

5. Zac MacMath, GK (Maryland), Philadelphia Union—Rode the bench behind veteran Faryd Mondragon for most of the season, but filled in capably when the Colombian international went down with an injury in September. The rookie started seven games in that stretch and went 3-0-4.

6. AJ Soares, D (UC-Berkeley), New England Revolution—Stepped right into the Revs’ backline, starting 28 games. Was in the Rookie-of-the-Year conversation early on, drawing comparisons to 2010 breakout rookie Tim Ream before fading (along with his team) late.

7. Kofi Sarkodie, D (Akron), Houston Dynamo—The former US U-17 and U-20 international got some early PT but was benched after a couple of gaffes. Never regained his starting place, but he’s only 20 and the jury is still out.

8. Michael Nanchoff, M (Akron), Vancouver Whitecaps (from Toronto)—The fifth Akron player selected in the Top 8 of the SuperDraft, Nanchoff suffered an early-season groin injury, then failed to crack the first team.

9. Jalil Anibaba, D (N Carolina), Chicago Fire—Set the Fire’s franchise record for regular-season appearances by a rookie (29) and scored on a preposterous 40-yard screamer to the top corner in a US Open Cup match against Colorado. (See it here: third selection, and club Goal of the Year.)

10. CJ Sapong, F (James Madison), Sporting Kansas City—The steal of the SuperDraft, Sapong had five goals, five assists and won the Rookie of the Year award. Currently in camp with Jurgen Klinsmann and the U.S. national team.

Not bad: Seven of last year’s Top 10 made significant contributions to their teams in their first year as pros.

The next 10 weren’t duds either, with Will Bruin (five goals, one assist for Houston, fifth in RoY voting), and Rich Balchan (18 starts for Columbus, showed versatility) leading the way, followed by Justin Meram (17 appearances for the Crew) and Bobby Warshaw (17 appearances for Dallas, game-winning goal vs Kansas City).

(We’re not counting 16th pick Paolo Cardozo, the Uruguayan who had some pro experience in Argentina before entering the 2011 SuperDraft. He contributed to LA’s MLS championship run.)

This year’s class looks equally talented, featuring players like Jamaican speedster Darren Mattocks (39 goals in 47 games for Akron), UCLA goal-poacher Chandler Hoffman (18 goals for the Bruins last year, two goals in his first two games at the Combine), and Creighton’s Ethan Finlay (hat-trick in his first Combine match).

The SuperDraft may be on the way out, but it’s not dead yet. Tune in tomorrow at noon.

Red Bulls’ Top Pick Corey Hertzog Will Never Score Another Goal Like This

It came at the start of his sophomore year at Penn State (he signed a Generation adidas contract with MLS after his junior season) in a game against Gonzaga in the Wolstein Classic, a tournament hosted by Ohio State.

Eighty-ninth minute, scored tied 0-0:

Hertzog led the NCAA in scoring this past year with 20 goals and six assists. He produced 33 goals and 14 assists in 61 games over three seasons for the Nittany Lions.

New York selected him with the 13th pick of last week’s MLS SuperDraft, with Red Bulls coach Hans Backe saying the team liked Hertzog’s ability to play out wide on the right as well as up top, and of course, his nose for goal.

Baltimore Blast

Old-school indoor soccer aficionados will recognize that header above as a team from the MISL (actually, they don’t have to be old-school; turns out the Blast still exists, to our surprise).

But we’re deploying it here to describe yesterday’s 2011 MLS SuperDraft in Maryland, which the BP attended, under the guise of its alter-ego the PG.

We cranked out this and this, and generally had a great time watching the proceedings up close (we sat adjacent to a dapper-looking Frank Yallop and the San Jose Earthquakes staff).

The Baltimore trip also explains why the posting rate here at the BP has slowed to a trickle (down from a drip) this week. Between draft prep, day job, and travel, the BP got shoved to the back burner.

But we’re back, late on a Friday to share a few post-draft musings, in no particular order. Here they are:

• First up, John Rooney has a rather endearing and almost totally incomprehensible Liverpudlian accent. He makes Steve McManaman sound like Richard Burton. (McManaman, we just found out, is from Bootle, a town on the outskirts of Liverpool that has the best name of any town ever.)

• We had to tweak our story on Rooney, linked above, just slightly, due to some small objections from league higher-ups. Nothing major—just concerns about the image of the league vis-a-vis top-flight European leagues.

We mention it because it diluted our point a little bit, and enough to contribute to a misunderstanding expressed in the comments: We weren’t suggesting the British press would deluge MLS with coverage just for the mere presence of Rooney in the league. Our point was that if–and it’s a big if–Rooney happened to blossom, become an MLS All-Star, and attract interest from first-division European leagues, then the British press would be all over MLS. (This was our original best-case scenario in the piece.)

Anyway, this kind of shackling occasionally comes with the territory when you’re writing for a league site. The corporate overseers have ideas about protecting the league image.

• One player we didn’t include in the “Surprises” segment of our draft wrap-up piece was Ecuadorian attacker Joao Plata, who led the Combine in scoring, then tumbled all the way to the bottom of the third round (49th overall), where he was picked by Toronto FC.

Plata is small (some said under 5′ 5″), but that never stopped Mauricio Cienfuegos back in the day , and Cienfuegos wasn’t exceptionally fast, as Plata certainly is (like, Dane Richards fast). He’ll be an interesting one to watch this spring.

• The Red Bulls’ top pick, Penn State striker Corey Hertzog, seemed curiously nonplussed to be joining the New York side—Thierry Henry and Rafa Marquez be damned.

At the podium, Hertzog had the demeanor of a guy opening up a dud present on Christmas morning and trying to act pleased. That may have been due to the Philly fans jeering his selection by New York (Hertzog is from Reading, PA).

He did some damage control later, telling the league website he was pumped just to meet Henry, much less play alongside him. Hertzog scored 20 goals in college action last year, leading the nation.

• After New York grabbed Rooney with the 25th pick, they selected NC State defender Tyler Lassiter at No. 30, and Maryland midfielder Billy Cortes in Round 3 (38th overall). Coach Hans Backe described Lassiter as “a Tim Ream type, almost exaclty.”

In our view, RBNY could have added some more depth to its backline, which said goodbye to Mike Petke and Jeremy Hall after the 2010 season, but perhaps they plan to acquire another defender or two elsewhere.

• Akron had two other players, defender Chris Korb and midfielder Anthony Ampaipitakwong, selected in this draft after their record five in the first round (in the first eight picks), to give the Zips an incredible seven draftees from their 2011 NCAA championship team.

You’d think it would be hard to reload after that, but supposedly coach Caleb Porter (an MLS alum) will field another contender next season.

Finally, Ampaipitakwong (that’s AM-PIE-PITAK-WONG) went to San Jose (as the 33rd pick overall), prompting MLS Armchair Analyst Matt Doyle to quip, “If Ampaipitakwong and Chris Wondolowski link up for a goal, it could break Twitter.”

Have a great weekend everyone. We’ll be back on Monday.

SuperDraft Musings

Union Man: The Philly faithful give it up for Mwanga.

The Top Pick: Philadelphia Union GM Nick Sakiewwicz told Soccer by Ives that he expects striker Danny Mwanga to make an impact right away. “He’s fast, he’s big, he’s strong, he’s got soft feet.” Union manager Peter Nowak added, “Aside from his physical tools, he reads the game very well and plays like he’s thinking about the game faster than everybody else.” Mwanga, who moved to the U.S. from the Democratic Republic of Congo when he was 14, scored 18 goals in 29 games at Oregon State.

Draft Winner: With three picks among the top seven, plus a pre-draft trade that brought veteran midfielder Fred to the team, Philadelphia is the clear choice here. In addition to Mwanga, the Union nabbed 18-year-old UCLA midfielder Amobi Okugo and U.S. U-17 striker Jack McInerny. Those two will likely need to develop before they are impact-ready in MLS, but the Fred pickup, and Mwanga, could pay immediate dividends. If Fred can regain his form from 2007, when he produced seven goals and eight assists in 23 starts, he’ll be a major asset in the Philly midfield.

Name Game: There was a lot of talk about the intriguing talents in this draft class, but what about the names in this group? From Dilly Duka to Corben Bone to Othaniel Yanez, the 2010 SuperDraft has some Name Hall of Fame candidates. Our personal favorite? Bright Dike. Clearly, the young man has Dutch parents who named him for that time of day when the sun hits the levee at just the right angle. (Or they wanted him to be valedictorian at Smith College. Hey-o! We’re kidding, we’re kidding! Really, we are. And our Mom went to Smith, too. True story.)

Deals: Philadelphia sent allocation money to FC Dallas in exchange for the sixth pick, which it used on Bruin midfielder Okugo; the Union also traded keeper Troy Perkins to D.C. United for midfielder Fred and the seventh pick in the draft, which it used to nab U-17 star McInerny; Red Bull New York traded two picks to New England for defender Chris Albright; and the Los Angeles Galaxy reacquired Clint Mathis from Real Salt Lake as part of a swap of the last two draft picks in the first round.

“Mr. Irrelevant”: This title, coined in the NFL, goes to the final player selected in the draft, and one might suspect that in MLS—where the draft, generally speaking, has not been the main pipeline of talent—it applies even more forcefully. But that has not always been the case. Red Bull fans still have a soft spot for defender Jeff Parke, Mr. Irrelevant of the 2004 SuperDraft, who went on to become a fixture on the MetroBull backline. This year the title goes to University of Denver defender Kris Banghart, who went 64th and last to Real Salt Lake. Banghart was a first-team all-conference selection at DU last year, and helped lead the team to its first ever NCAA tourney berth in 2008.

Can Banghart latch on with Real Salt Lake?

SuperDraft Round 1

 

As expected, the Beavers' Mwanga went first, to Philadelphia.

The first round of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft has wrapped, and it looks like this:

1 Philadelphia

Danny Mwanga, F, Oregon State University, 18 years old

2 New York

Tony Tchani, M, University of Virginia, 20

3 San Jose

Ike Opara, D, Wake Forest University/ U.S. U-20, 20

4 Kansas City

Teal Bunbury, F, University of Akron/Can U-20, 19

5 FC Dallas (via Toronto FC)

Zach Loyd, M, University of North Carolina, 22

6 Philadelphia (via FC Dallas)

Amobi Okugo, M, UCLA/ U.S. U-18/U-20, 18

7 Philadelphia (via D.C. United)

Jack McInerney, F, Cobb Soccer Club/U-17, 17

8 Columbus (via Colorado)

Dilly Duka, M, Rutgers/Red Bull Youth Academy/ U.S. U-20, 20

9 New England

Zack Schilawski, F, Wake Forest University, 22

10 Chivas USA

Blair Gavin, M, University of Akron/Sereno Soccer Club, 21

11 Seattle

David Estrada, F, UCLA, 21

12 Columbus

Bright Dike, F, Notre Dame University, 22

13 Chicago

Corben Bone, M, Wake Forest University, 21

14 New York (via Houston)

Austin daLuz, M, Wake Forest University, 22

15 Real Salt Lake (via Los Angeles)

Collen Warner, M, University of Portland, 21

16 Los Angeles (via Real Salt Lake)

Michael Stephens, M, UCLA, 20

Off the cuff notes: Mwanga’s selection was a done deal days ago; we saw the Red Bulls’ pick at No. 2, Tony Tchani, play in the College Cup—an admittedly small sample size—and were not blown away. Opara, the No. 3 pick, started every game for the underwhelming U.S. squad at the U-20 World Cup this past fall. Think MLS lacks roots, or history? Teal Bunbury’s father, Alex, played for Kansas City, the team that picked Teal at No. 4. Wake Forest continues its recent tradition of stocking MLS with talent, as four Demon Deacons were selected among the top 14 picks. Ditto UCLA, though to a lesser degree: three Bruins went in the first round of 16.