2014 MLS SuperDraft
The 2014 SuperDraft was full of trades in the first round, but UConn’s Andre Blake stole the show as the first goalkeeper to ever be named the first overall pick. Here’s a breakdown of the trades and picks of the first two rounds.
*D.C. United traded the first overall pick to the Philadelphia Union for the second pick and allocation money.
*FC Dallas sent the fifth pick to the Montreal Impact for the 10th pick, allocation money, and an international roster spot.
* Philadelphia Union traded the sixth pick to FC Dallas for the 10th pick and allocation money.
*Philadelphia Union traded the 10th pick to Toronto FC for the 15th pick and allocation money.
*Colorado Rapids traded the 11th pick to the New England Revolution for 12th and 19th overall picks.
*Montreal Impact traded the 29th overall pick, 10th pick in the second round, to D.C. United for an international roster spot.
1. Philadelphia Union: UCONN Goalkeeper Andre Blake
2. D.C. United: California Defender Steve Birnbaum
3. Vancouver Whitecaps: California Defender Christian Dean
4. New England Revolution: Georgetown midfielder Steve Neumann
5. Montreal Impact: Creighton Fullback Eric Miller
6. FC Dallas: Colorado School of Mines Midfielder Tesho Akindele
7. Vancouver Whitecaps: Jamaican Midfielder Andre Lewis
8. Seattle Sounders: Hartford Defender Damion Lowe
9. San Jose Earthquakes: Standford Midfielder JJ Koval
10. Toronto FC: Xavier Defender Nick Hagglund
11. New England Revolution: Maryland Forward Patrick Mullins
12. Colorado Rapids: Louisville Midfielder Marlon Hairston
13. Chicago Fire: UC Irvine Defender Marco Franco
14. Columbus Crew: South Florida Leftback Ben Sweat
15. Philadelphia Union: Coastal Carolina Midfielder Pedro Ribeiro
16. Houston Dynamo: Wisconsin Defender AJ Cochran
17. Portland Timbers: Maryland Forward Ntokozo “Schillo” Tshuma
18. Real Salt Lake: California Defender/Mid Ryan Neil
19. Colorado Rapids: Notre Dame Defender Grant Van de Casteele
20. Chivas USA: Clemson Forward Thomas McNamara
21. Seattle Sounders: Louisville Defender Jimmy Ockford
22. New York Red Bulls: Wake Forest Defender Chris Duvall
23. Los Angeles Galaxy: New Mexico Defender Kyle Venter
24. Toronto FC: Elon Midfielder Daniel Lovitz
25. Philadelphia Union: Michigan State Defender Kevin Cope
26. Portland Timbers: Washington Defender Taylor Peay
27. Philadelphia Union: Akron Defender Robbie Derschang
28. San Jose Earthquakes: UCLA Defender Joe Sofia
29. D.C. United: UCLA Midfielder Victor Munoz
30. Vancouver Whitecaps: UCONN Forward Mamadou Diouf
31. New England Revolution: California Midfielder Alec Sundly
32. Houston Dynamo: Memphis Forward Mark Sherrod
33. Colorado Rapids: Wake Forest Midfielder Jared Watts
34. New York Red Bulls: Akron Midfielder Eric Stevenson
35. Colorado Rapids: SIU-Edwardsville Goalkeeper John Berner
36. Portland Timbers: California Riverside Midfielder Aaron Long
37. Montreal Impact: Cal Poly Midfielder George Maki
38. Sporting KC: Saint Louis Forward Adnan Gabeljic
The third and fourth rounds of the SuperDraft will take place on January 21st, but there is plenty to learn from the first 38 picks on Thursday.
The majority of clubs focused on adding depth to their back lines, with 17 defenders coming off the board. Only seven forwards were drafted, while 12 midfielders had their names called. Two goalkeepers came off the board, but Andre Blake’s standout performance at the combine made him the most sought after prospect in the draft.
Blake’s a pro-ready keeper with a tremendous upside and great reflexes. One of his most notable traits is his ability to effectively communicate with his teammates on the pitch, which has been a problem for Zac MacMath in the past.
WINNERS: Philadelphia Union, D.C. United, New England Revolution, Vancouver Whitecaps. The Union come out of the first two rounds as the biggest winners with their selection of Andre Blake and also their ability to bring in loads of allocation money in hopes of signing Maurice Edu.
The Union added attacking midfielder Pedro Ribeiro with the 15th pick, and the Coastal Carolina product lit up the college ranks. Ribeiro scored 31 goals and pitched in 26 assists in 86 appearances.
D.C. United traded down to the second spot for allocation money and still got their man in Steve Birnbaum. The Cal product gained plenty of interest leading up to the SuperDraft and United were completely sold from the get go. They also added UCLA midfielder Victor Munoz in the second round.
The New England Revolution brought in two of the best in the SuperDraft with the likes of Steve Neumann and Patrick Mullins, but their biggest steal came late in the second round. The Revs selected California captain Alec Sundly with the 31st pick, completing their day in Philadelphia.
The Vancouver Whitecaps brought in highly touted defender Christian Dean with the third overall pick, though he could have easily gone first. Bringing in Mamadou Diouf in the second round has been considered a risk by critics, but it should ease some of the pain behind Camilo Sanvezzo’s exit come March. Jamaican Andre Lewis is also a great pick-up for new head coach Carl Robinson, who will look to move on after losing the 2013 MLS Golden Ball winner.
LOSERS: Montreal Impact. The Impact gave up allocation money and an international roster spot to move up five picks and grab fullback Eric Miller. The Creighton prospect was certainly a solid pickup, but it came at a hefty cost. They went on to get the international slot back by sending the 29th pick to D.C. United, but the Impact have plenty of questions going into 2014 and they haven’t answered many with today’s SuperDraft results.
Which MLS clubs do you believe made the best selections in the first two rounds of the SuperDraft?