MLS Superdraft 2016 – Live blog archived

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Long considered the ‘start’ of the MLS season, SuperDraft day is finally here.

Quick points to keep in mind:

  1. There’s a consensus top pick although his showing at the MLS Combine wasn’t stellar. Defender Joshua Yaro, a junior at Georgetown University, stands above the rest in most mock drafts. Yaro was named the Big East’s 2015 Defensive Player of the Year. He’s a Generation adidas* player, which means he won’t count against the salary cap (bonus!).
  2. Other top prospects include Stanford left fullback Brandon Vincent and Toronto native Richie Laryea, a midfielder with the University of Akron who led his school in scoring (11 goals) and was second in assists with seven.
  3. *NCAA underclassmen are especially attractive draft options since they’ve already signed Generation adidas contracts with MLS and therefore don’t count against the league’s salary cap.Generation adidas players usually earn a much higher salary than the league minimum.Generation adidas players in this draft class include: goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell (Clemson), midfielders Omar Holness (North Carolina), Jack Harrison (Wake Forrest), Richie Laryea (University of Akron) and Julian Buescher (Syracuse) and forward Fabian Herbers (Creighton), and defender Joshua Yaro (Georgetown).
  4. Chicago FC has number 1 pick… but let’s face it, are they really going to be happy to use that spot for a defender? Considering how 2015 went for them, they’re in need of some heavy hitting scorers so our prediction is they trade that coveted player for some goodies. There are a few teams out there who would take Yaro with their arms wide open.
  5. The full list of eligible players tomorrow.
  6. You all know how I feel about a well-educated man (ahem, a certain former Stanford player…) so top of my list is Harrison. He’s ranked #2 pick by most MLS mock drafts…. Harrison said he wants to continue his education at Wake Forest. A clause in his Generation adidas contract with the MLS calls for his education to be paid for once he resumes classes. Smart and a well-played move. He’s mentioned NYCFC as a team he’d like to play for, and they could use this 19-year-old winger. So we’ll see.

The order for round 1:

Round 1

  1. Chicago
  2. Philadelphia (traded from Colorado in exchange for general allocation money)
  3. Philadelphia
  4. Chicago (traded from NYCFC — they received Harrison!)
  5. Real Salt Lake
  6. Philadelphia (Philadelphia acquired the pick from Houston via a trade on 12/07/15)
  7. Orlando
  8. San Jose
  9. Toronto FC
  10. New England
  11. DC United (SKC traded their spot for TAM)
  12. Colorado Rapids (LA Galaxy traded it in exchange for TAM on 1/14/2015) 
  13. Orlando (D.C. United traded it in exchange for 12th pick in the second round (32nd overall) and TAM)
  14. Montreal
  15. Colorado Rapids (Chicago traded this spot but before that, Seattle traded for general allocation money and a player to be named later)
  16. Vancouver
  17. FC Dallas
  18. NY Red Bulls
  19. Columbus
  20. Portland

We updated this in real-time on January 14th live from Baltimore, MD at the MLS SuperDraft! 

12:55pm: Mumble, mumble. Bruce Arena has left the building after the announcement that Mike Magee is heading back to LA… #dropthemicBruce

Right on time, every year, Don Garber gets heckled, and a mixture of boos and claps as he starts. I’ll never understand it. If you’re here at the SuperDraft, you’re a fan of MLS. Just clap.

1:10pm: First pick is, midfielder Jack Harrison!!! My first pick too. Jack is heading to Chicago Fire. They need that too, much more than they needed Yaro.*

1:15pm: Union select Generation Adidas defender Joshua Yaro… most saw him as the top pick for Chicago. This could be a great pairing with their back line.

1:20pm: Somewhere taking a photo of him I bet… Jonathan Tannenwald is happy and confused. Philadelphia take another defender from Georgetown: Keegan Rosenberry.

1:26pm: Announcement: NYCFC trade their pick to Chicago Fire: Stanford left fullback Brandon Vincent, who is now at the USMNT camp in Carson, California.

1:32pm: 5th overall pick. RSL select midfielder Omar Holness (North Carolina)

1:35pm: 6th pick: Philadelphia Union select forward Fabian Herbers (Creighton University)

1:39pm: Orlando City pick midfielder Richie Laryea (University of Akron) – another Generation Adidas player. Solid choice.

1:43pm:  Sounders trade 15th overall pick and general allocation to Chicago for a player to be named later.

8th overall pick today: San Jose Earthquakes select goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell (Clemson)

*Congratulations Jack Harrison on officially heading to NYCFC!

9th pick: Toronto FC select University of Maryland’s Tsubasa Endoh. I love his story. If you have a moment, please read his story.

10th pick: New England Revolution selects defender Jordan McCrary (University North Carolina, Chapel Hill). Jordan was NSCAA Third Team All-South Region.

SKC take extra time… first extra time today. Hey that’s a good thing. Things were going so smoothly thus far. Too smooth.

2pm: Trade announcement: SKC trade the 11th pick to DC United in exchange for TAM, and DC United select Syracuse midfielder Julian Buescher. Julian is a Generation Adidas player.

Colorado trade #2 allocation ranking and 12th overall pick for today and #2 second round to Chicago Fire.

Chicago Fire get 12th pick and 22nd pick. Chicago go on to select UNC’s Jonathan Campbell. Jonathan is a Tar Heel with a lot of foresight. He’s an honor student and has always kept his head level with his reality. “I think that’s the key thing in MLS — it’s that those first years are crucial, and you want to go somewhere that they can use you and play you. So in that regard, I don’t have a preference of where I go. I just want to get experience.”

Forgive me for a little slowdown. I was busy speaking with the Galaxy’s Coach Sarachan 😉

13th pick: Orlando City S.C. select University of Central Florida, forward Hadji Barry. He was merely 13 years old when he came to the United States from Guinea in West Africa, and hasn’t seen his family since 2006, but today he dedicated his success to them.

14th pick: Montreal Impact pick Clemson’s Kyle Fisher. Kyle ended his college career with NSCAA First Team All-American and First Team All-South awards and was named ACC Defensive Player of the Year.

15th pick: Colorado Rapids select Georgetown midfielder Emmanuel Appiah (University of Cincinnati).

16th pick: Vancouver Whitecaps select Cole Seiler, a staple of Georgetown’s defense. It’s a good day for the Hoyas.

17th pick: FC Dallas select Goalkeeper Ryan Herman from University of Washington.

18th pick: New York Red Bulls select Southern Illinois defender Justin Bilyeu.

19th pick: Columbus Crew select midfielder Rodrigo Saravia from Florida Gulf Coast University.

20th pick: Portland Timbers select Syracuse’s Korab Syla.

Summary coming from Adriana and me a bit later today! Stay tuned.

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