2009 MLS SuperDraft (Live commentary)

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By Dylan Butler

Welcome to the Soccer By Ives live commentary for the 2009 MLS SuperDraft. The SBI brain trust is set up inside the ballroom and the there's a lot of discussions going on at the team tables, a lot of BlackBerry checking, surely some last-minute dealing going on.

As always, your questions and comments are welcome. We're about 40 minutes away from the first pick being selected. Will Seattle keep the pick or trade it away? We'll let you know when anything comes up.



1:26 p.m. – With a little more than a half hour to go before the first pick is selected, this is a good time to remind everyone about the procedural rules for the 2009 MLS SuperDraft.

There will be a total of four rounds and 60 seletions. Teams will be permitted four minutes to make selections in the first two rounds and three minutes in the final two rounds. Each team is allowed one five-minute timeout. There is a five-minute break between each round.

The Seattle Sounders FC earned the first pick as the latest MLS expansion team. The next six selections are from teams that did not qualify for the 2008 MLS Cup Playoffs beginning with the team with the fewest points in the 2008 regular season. The remaining eight positions are ranked by fewest regular season points among the teams that were eliminated in the same round of the MLS Cup Playoffs.

As of right now, here is the draft order.

1. Seattle

2. Toronto

3. Los Angeles

4. Toronto

5. FC Dallas

6. D.C. United

7. D.C. United

8. Kansas City

9. Chivas USA

10. New England

11. New York

12. Real Salt Lake

13. Toronto

14. FC Dallas

15. New England

1:45 p.m. — Hey Simon, thanks for checking in. No word on any trades of yet, but judging from past drafts, there is usually a late flurry of activity just before the first pick is selected. There are some conversations going on right now, including one between Steve Nicol and Mo Johnston. Perhaps they are just talking about old times or the happenings around the EPL, perhaps it's more than that.

Steve Zakuani is still projected to go first despite having a lackluster Combine. But then again, he signed his check so perhaps the motivation to impress wasn't there.

1:51 p.m. – We have our first supporters' club chants via the hometown fans who cleverly chanted "All we want is a team of our own" to the tune of the Beatles' Yellow Submarine.

1:55 p.m. – Don Garber is on the podium with some introductory. The St. Louis fans with some "We want a team!" chants to the commish.

2:01 p.m. – The Seattle Sounders are on the clock.

2:04 p.m. — One minute left on the clock. Chris Henderson has already handed in a piece of paper. Is it their pick? A trade? We're seconds away from finding out.

2:05 p.m. – Time is up, Garber to the podium and Seattle's first pick is indeed Steve Zakuani from Akron and Generation adidas.

2:06 p.m. – Zakuani thanked Jesus Christ, Akron and family and friends for adive and encouragement, as well as the Seattle Sounders. Brief comments from the soft-spoken Zakuani. Toronto is now on the clock for the first of three first-round selections.

2:09 p.m. – Well that was anticlimatic wasn't it? Toronto selects Wake Forest midfielder Sam Cronin. Galaxy are on the clock.

2:21pm – LA takes Omar Gonzalez, who is just the type of big central defender the Galaxy needs.

2:21pm — Toronto FC takes O'Brien White with the No. 4 pick. WOW, pretty gutsy.

2:25 p.m. – FC Dallas takes Peri Marosevic, a Gen Adidas forward from Michigan.

2:30 p.m. – Rodney Wallace goes to D.C. United, probably higher than a lot of people expected

2:31 p.m. – To answer an earlier question about the draft pick in the Dema Kovalenko deal, it's a conditional 2011 selection.

2:32 p.m. – D.C. is back on the clock and they select…five-minute timeout.

2:37 p.m. — D.C. picks UCSB forward Chris Pontius. And Kansas City is on the clock.

2:39 p.m. – I've got to say, the first 30 minutes of the draft has been unusually quiet on the trade front. Maybe its the economy, LOL. Nothing like the energy of the 2006 draft when the then-MetroStars made noise by trading up to get the No. 1 pick.

2:50 p.m. – Sorry for the delay, some wireless problems there. Matt Besler, a Notre Dame defender, goes to Kansas City, midfielder Michael Lahoud to Chivas (a bit surprise it's not Frei, they do need a goalkeeper, no?) and Kevin Alston, who I think is the top outside back available, going to New England.

2:52 p.m. – Red Bulls are on the clock and I wouldn't be surprised if it's Jeremy Hall from Maryland. It would be a huge pick for New York. I don't think they thought he'd fall this low.

2:54 p.m. – Indeed it is Hall, who could probably vie for a start for New York. Osorio was a big fan of Hall, who was the highest rated left winger in the draft. Van den who?

3:12pm- Apologies for the delay, doing some interviews. RSL took Jean Alexandre (reach), TFC grabbed Stefan Frei (great pick) and FC Dallas took George John (very solid pick).

3:24 p.m. – Had an interview with Hall. He was seated right next to Osorio on the flight here so they were able to already get a good conversation going. No word on if Osorio's wife works for Continental Airlines.

University of Tampa midfielder Ryan Maxwell was the final pick of the first round, going to the Revs. Wake Forest defender Evan Brown goes to Seattle to open the second round. Indiana's Brad Ring is picked up by San Jose and the Red Bulls are on the clock. 

3:35 p.m. – After a five-minute timeout, which was of course booed by the fans here, Red Bulls take Santa Clara defender Babajide Ogunmade. Also we have a trade — finally — but blockbuster it is not. The two Los Angeles squads made a deal with the Galaxy trading a player to be named later, the fifth pick of the third round and the fourth selection of the fourth round to Chivas for the fourth pick of the second round. Therefore the Galaxy are the clock.

3:44 p.m. – Galaxy take Maryland defender AJ Delagarza. Another trade. The Fire give up a player to be named later and the 13th pick of the second round to Colorado for an allocation and the fifth pick of the second round. So the Fire are on the clock.

3:57 p.m. – Just got back from availibility with Garber in the back, here's a quick update of where we are. Baggio Husidic, a midfielder from Illinois-Chicago to Chicago and Kansas City takes Doug DeMartin, a forward from Michigan State, and Maryland midfielder Graham Zusi.

The Revs are on the clock.

4:01 p.m. – Revs take Creighton midfielder Andrei Gotsmanov with the 24th pick.

4:05 p.m. – Revs select St. Louis University midfielder Denaldin Hamzagic. A golf clap from the fans in attendance.

If your first question is who? You're not the only one, but remember the Revs have a history of some great sleeper picks in the draft.

A few quick notes on Garber's quick presser. He had a lot of nice things to say about St. Louis (of course), said there are some concerns about the stadium situation at Florida International University (turf field), Becks is absolutely coming back (his words) and he believes the same about Landon.

4:09 p.m. – Wake Forest defender Lyle Adams goes to D.C. United, a great grab this low.

4:11 p.m. — FC Dallas selects North Carolina forward Ryan Shriver. Rapids are on the clock with No. 28. Might we see a goalkeeper here? Or perhaps UNLV midfielder Danny Cruz.

4:16 p.m. – George Mason forward Kwame Adjeman-Pamboe is selected by the Rapids. Red Bulls are on the clock with their last selection.

4:19 p.m. – Notre Dame defender Jack Traynor is picked by the Red Bulls.

4:27 p.m. – My bad, Red Bulls have one more selection in the fourth round. Paul Gerstenberer is the final pick of the second round, the Boston College defender going to the MLS Cup champion Columbus Crew.

4:36 p.m. — Jared Karkas from soccer powerhouse Asuza Pacific is the opening pick of the third round and he goes to the Seattle Sounders. I suppose he's a sleeper because Karkas is not on any player lift we've been handed.

4:38 p.m. – San Jose selects UC Davis forward Quincy Amarikwa. Galaxy are on the clock.

4:43 p.m. – Galaxy select Josh Boateng, a midfielder from Liberty and TFC just took a flyer on Duke forward Mike Grella. He's got European aspirations, but if those don't pan out, this is a fantastic selection. But for sure it's a gamble.

4:46 p.m. – Denver forward Kyle Christensen is picked by Chivas USA with the 35th overall pick.

4:50 p.m. – St. Louis midfielder Brandon Barklage is selected by D.C. United. Rapids are up at No. 37.

4:53 p.m. – Well the Rapids get their goalkeeper and its Albany's Steward Ceus. The Revs are up.

4:56 p.m. – New England takes Chris Salvagionne, a forward from UNC Charlotte and Toronto picks up Syracuse forward Kyle Hall. I've got to say I'm liking Mo Johnston's selections today.

5:03 p.m. – Revs get a great pick with Duke defender Darrius Barnes and Daniel Cruz from UNLV and Gen adidas heads to Houston.

5:05 p.m. – Neal Kitson from St. John's goes to Kansas City. He had a great College Cup and a not so great Combine. I've seen a lot of him and I think he could be a good call here.

5:08 p.m. – David Sias, a defender from UC Irvine, goes to Chicago. Red Bulls are up at 44.

5:11 p.m. – Red Bulls take James Madison right-sided midfielder Kyle Zimmerman. 

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133 Responses to 2009 MLS SuperDraft (Live commentary)

  1. Simon Elliott says:

    So has any of the top 5 made any trades? Excited to see who Seattle take at #1

  2. HIncha Tim says:

    What draft pick did RSL get from LA for Kovalenko?

  3. DC says:

    any word on Gomez and Harden to Seattle for numero 1?

  4. Tim F. says:

    Any minute now. I bet Steve gets selected first.

  5. Bonji says:

    Is anyone able to see anything on ESPN360?

  6. Reed says:

    GO SSFC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Villa Fan says:

    DC, where did you hear that? That makes to much sense for the CO front office to do.

  8. irishoutsider says:

    why arent you using CoverItLive for this?

  9. Zack says:

    Zakuani it is..

  10. soccerroo says:

    man no big trade that stinks.

  11. srfinger says:

    no go here on espn360

  12. Eugene T says:

    “…Sigi’s a lot smarter than I am.”
    – Alexi Lalas

    Truer words were never spoken.

  13. soccerroo says:

    How long do they have to make each pick?

  14. arena futbol says:

    does zakuani have a GC or anything to prevent him from counting as an Internat’l under MLS rules? assuming GA internat’ls still count towards that limit even though they don’t count under salary cap

  15. HA! Since we don’t get Timeouts in our game we get them in the draft! That’s funny–I bet the NFL teams wish they had that!

  16. joe says:

    Marosevic will be the best player in this draft

  17. Barry Jive and His Uptown Five says:

    How do you pronouce Zakuani? Za-Kaw-nee? Zak-oo-ani?

  18. Tim F. says:

    Good selection by Toronto.

  19. Matt says:

    I hope DCU can grab Marosevic.

  20. Aljarov says:

    Cronin?

    Only Mo could use a #2 on a foreign senior roster player at a position where we have our most expensive player so he’ll be a back up. Not even a GA.

    Or he’s trade bait.

    At least he didn’t trade up for him….or Frei.

    …and LA takes GOnzalez, which is exactly who we should have picked.

  21. soccerroo says:

    well LA needed that pick. Maybe Gonzalez can start to plug the massive whole in the Galaxy Defense.

  22. Justin says:

    I hope Toronto has plans to trade Cronin to the Galaxy otherwise that was a total c**k block by Mo Johnston.

  23. rednow.red4ever says:

    good pick by the gals…great size and ability in a position they really need help at

  24. Steve says:

    WTF. Seattle has only three defenders on their roster at this point, and they let the Gals snag Gonzalez? I’m going home.

  25. Looks like TFC went for the Canadian–makes sense, aren’t they always complaining about the rules making them have so many canadians.

  26. rednow.red4ever says:

    Mo: We don’t need no stinkin GA players!

  27. rednow.red4ever says:

    alston anyone?

  28. PCFC says:

    “2:21pm- Toronto FC takes O’Brien White with the No. 4 pick. WOW, pretty gutsy.”

    Obviously going with the Canadian. Nationality determines TFC picks.

  29. Tim F. says:

    O’Brien White is very talented; he got injured earlier this year.

  30. Reid says:

    love the white draft for TFC.

    Ives can you get video of Chris Pontius coming on stage, ripping off his warmups and dancing in a speedo when he gets drafted.

  31. soccerroo says:

    Well if he is as good as people say then him being Canadian allows them to give him time to recover from the injury.

  32. rednow.red4ever says:

    white won’t be ready until april according to carrick….but hard to pass on the 2007 hermann trophy winner…and someone who was named big east player of the year based on half a season…haha

  33. evan says:

    the espn360 beta verison is working great

  34. Lamar says:

    Ike Opara to Seattle

  35. soccerroo says:

    I guess Marosevic will be filling the hole Oduro left. Hopefully He can becone a Kenny cooper type scorer. because when Kenny leaves we will need another one.

  36. Devon says:

    Wow. Listen to those ESPN boys just destroying the Ljungberg signing.

  37. Dominghosa says:

    WHen he said california, i thought he was going to say goalkeeper next…

  38. rednow.red4ever says:

    “Hopefully He can becone a Kenny cooper type scorer.”

    Except like half a foot shorter….but i think taking him over alston shows their concern for possibly losing cooper rather than shoring the d…

  39. rednow.red4ever says:

    pontius…lol…knew they couldn’t pass him up…

  40. Tommy says:

    who else wants to kill alexi lalas?

  41. Dominghosa says:

    WOW. Frei falls into Chivas’ lap!

  42. Tim F. says:

    I was at the 2006 draft in Philly. That was great. First Marvell then Jozy. Probably best MLS draft ever.

  43. PCFC says:

    Oh I forgot its on ESPN360.

    yes! Thanks work computers.

  44. Tommy says:

    Chivas has to take Frei

  45. jrnail23 says:

    So DC blows off the draft again, huh? Lovely.

  46. Dominghosa says:

    uuuummm…WHAT!

  47. Tommy says:

    Alston and Frei are still available, this is quite shocking.

  48. Blake says:

    Wow, I thought Frei was a gimme. Do they have faith in the future of Dan Kennedy or something? A head scratcher. Maybe they’re expecting Sacha to be gone.

  49. Dominghosa says:

    Welcome in the goals Chivas.
    For opponents.

  50. arena futbol says:

    only 4 GAs taken in first 9 picks?!

  51. bubba says:

    No more Lalas… Please…

  52. rednow.red4ever says:

    lol on chivas

  53. Haig says:

    Mike Burns is looking a lot like John Cazale!

  54. doug says:

    is it just me or is watching alexi lalas give draft advice sort of like watching Isiah Thomas trying to convince Knick fans that Jerome James and Jared Jeffries “yes, sure you guys are worth a combined 100 million dollars”

  55. Justin says:

    Dee dee dee Chivas. Way to pass on Frei. You’ll be regretting it later.

  56. rednow.red4ever says:

    damn stupid idiots let alston fall to the revs…now we have to deal with him…

  57. Steve says:

    Updates down? I’m getting all my news from the comments at this point.

  58. Anonymous says:

    looks like the Revs might be able to pick up two GA’s in the first round! That’d be sick with picks this late in the first round

  59. simms21 says:

    I’m using espn360, use the new beta version on firefox…

  60. rednow.red4ever says:

    seattle may get frei at 16…haha

  61. Tommy says:

    wow, frei needs to get picked up NOW!!

  62. Justin says:

    Van den Bergh was his name Dylan Butler. Dave Van den Bergh.

  63. Tim F. says:

    I like the pick by the Red Bulls.

  64. LDQ says:

    Ives, do you think that the Revs may not be picking a centerback because they plan on dropping Lawrentowicz back and make it a 4-man back line with Albright, Badilla, Lawrentowicz and Heaps forming the line? That wouldn’t be half bad. Lawrentowicz is a natural center back anyway.

  65. Tommy says:

    If Toronto ends up with Frei, then they get an A+++++

  66. Isaac says:

    Aw Ives that VDB comment was uncalled for……but hilarious.

  67. Ian says:

    can you say “trade bait?”

  68. kpugs says:

    Wow, Hall. What a pleasant surprise.

  69. Dominghosa says:

    hahaha. wow. lynn university over frei. could have took frei and traded him for a veteran

  70. QuakesFanatic says:

    Frei will go to Toronto

  71. Dominghosa says:

    So yeah, TFC is having the greatest draft ever. they are taking frei.

  72. Tommy says:

    Wow, Toronto makes a haul

  73. bubba says:

    Wow… Frei to Toronto… No need to trade at that point… What a steal…

  74. rednow.red4ever says:

    so toronto take frei as trade bait or to sit on the bench for 4 or 5 years?

  75. Chris says:

    Dear God, if only Houston had insisted this pick be included in the DeRo deal! Frei is exactly what the Dynamo need right now. Aaarghhhh!!!

  76. wendel says:

    someone should tell rob stone that tfc’s goalkeeper problems were two years ago not last year.

  77. rednow.red4ever says:

    has sutton fallen seriously out of favor? he’s only 31…according to some on here you’d think toronto had wicks at keeper…

  78. Haus says:

    my, my, trader mo held steady and made his picks. revs looking to replace heaps?

  79. wendel says:

    i thought sutton was fine last year, tfc’s d is just awful.

  80. PCFC says:

    Good job TFC! Instead of taking him earlier with their two picks, take the chance that no one would need a GK and get him as a steal with their 3rd pick. Congrats to them.

  81. Mike says:

    Can someone recap the past few picks…

    12. Real Salt Lake

    13. Toronto – Frei?

    14. FC Dallas

    15. New England

  82. Tommy says:

    Sutton is getting old, he seems to be aging faster than your average keeper

  83. Kaiser says:

    Everytime he opens his mouth I want reach through the screen and punch him in the face!!!!

  84. rednow.red4ever says:

    “Sutton is getting old, he seems to be aging faster than your average keeper”

    I’m telling this to any Canada fans at Gold Cup…i’m tired of hearing about him from them…haha

  85. rednow.red4ever says:

    So, round 1 ends with 3 GA players still on the board….

  86. joe says:

    Is there anywhere to watch the next three rounds?

  87. Tommy says:

    espn360, which i don’t get

    otherwise mlsnet draft tracker

  88. Mike says:

    This is basically the only site not blocked at work… and apparently Dylan Butler is too busy interviewing that updating the LIVE commentary… any public help is appreciated!

  89. arena futbol says:

    Ryan Maxwell to Revs might be a reach since they have 2 more picks coming up soon. At least he’s fast.

  90. Ryan G says:

    Evan Brown to Seattle.

  91. Ryan G says:

    Brad Ring to San Jose. I’m a Quakes fan, but don’t follow college soccer. Can anyone give me some info on Ring?

  92. PCFC says:

    There were two players from DII teams (both in the Sunshine State Conference) in the first 15 picks. MLS is the only league where you would even imagine a DII player going in the draft much less two in the first 15 picks.

  93. rednow.red4ever says:

    “Brad Ring to San Jose. I’m a Quakes fan, but don’t follow college soccer. Can anyone give me some info on Ring?”

    Ring was rated by Buzz at #2 mid…in the country…not sure y he fell…he’s a two time all-american…think mids r just being avoided in general…3 GA mids still left…

  94. Ryan G says:

    Thanks, red.

  95. Marc Silverstein says:

    Not for nothing, but these sorts of events are not inexpensive. I wonder how many hundreds of thousands of dollars the league has wasted on this. It’s money that could have been spent, for instance, on giving a little bit more juice to the players on the bottom of the wage list. When you’re lowest salaries are in the teens-of-thousands, an extra couple thousand dollars makes an enormous difference.

    From a perceptional viewpoint, by trying to emulate the Big Leagues, the only thing that having a draft does is to highlight how pointless it is for MLS, thus making MLS look even more minor by comparison. 

    The NFL and NBA have big drafts because a top D1 player can legitimately play among the pros, even though many will have a learning curve; as you get lower down the ranks, even among first rounders, it becomes less of a probability that they will contribute immediately.

    MLB and NHL also have drafts, and have made bigger fanfares of them only because of what the other two leagues have done. but in these two leagues, there is an actual necessary learning curve. it is unheard of for an 18 yr old to become a starter, much less a star, in either league. That’s what makes Ken Griffey Jr and Sidney Crosby such rare, exquisite talents.

    Soccer is more like the former than the latter, in that real top talent can come along and play at 18, even 16. But the problem is, as I drone endlessly, that the best years of their formative stages is spent wasted in the NCAA. so long as NCAA seeks to win titles, coaches will coach to win, not to develop.

    So college players are not ready for prime time, and thus the whole point of the draft is useless. It also, ironically, reduces the chances of a club finding a diamond in the rough – why go out and scout your local clubs for young talent when that player could be exposed to the draft? Pointless.

  96. cm says:

    RBNY take Babajide Ogunbiyi

  97. Steve says:

    Wow, Toronto has some serious depth for next year.

  98. Eric says:

    Marc, that’s part of what the homegrown academies are for. They’ll eventually allow MLS teams to recruit as many players as they want from their academies, even if those players leave the academy for college for a bit, putting pressure on teams to develop their players.

  99. joe says:

    I would love it if RBNY would sign Kassel now and pair him with his Terrapins teammate in the midfield.

  100. Isaac says:

    Hope that goalkeeping prospect that Chivas got works out. Who does everyone here think is the next Dempsey?

  101. Barry Jive and His Uptown Five says:

    Fire go for Husidic

  102. Blake says:

    No one in the draft got swagga like Clint. But I’ll say George John, for the hell of it. It’s not like I’ve known of most of these guys for any more than a couple weeks.

  103. rednow.red4ever says:

    Wow…the Fire trade up for Husidic- guess they really wanted the local product…

  104. me says:

    I think zakuani is going to be the bust of this draft, peri mirosovic on the other hand can be big in a few years time.

  105. Adam says:

    So far Ives has said 3 things about Chicago, and each one took a shot at them.

    Stay classy Ives!

  106. Blake says:

    Dude. For the millionth time. It ain’t Ives. What does “By Dylan Butler” mean to you?

  107. Marc Silverstein says:

    Eric, here’s the thing – until/unless US Soccer comes to grips with the fact that the dynamics of international soccer are not the same as that for other sports, nothing will change. What needs to happen is for US Soccer along with MLS to say out loud and without equivocation that making it to the Pros and onto the MNT is probably not going to happen through the college ranks. 

    It won’t happen, mostly because US Soccer makes money from USYSA, which is at its heart a feeder system for college, a way for kids to perhaps get a college scholarship one day. thus, USSF has a tacit interest in making sure that USYSA continues on its current path.

    We have to break the paradigm. part of it would be for MLS to stop the draft system in favor of each club scouting for talent. this has the additional benefit of increased exposure for local players. why? because it’s so much cheaper for every club to simply have their scouts drive around to the soccer fields around each and every soccer field. 

    Each club must have its zone of exclusivity, within which no other MLS club is allowed to poach talent. it can be refined by age, and by circumstance. but the talent level would increase.

    That’s because a) the best players don’t necessarily go to college, in no small part because the scholarships are not what they are cracked up to be, leaving many players unable to accept less than full rides, and 2) because scholarships are going to European and LatAm players, ironically, as coaches look to win their respective leagues. This latter is particularly ironic because each foreigner signed is one less American spot, but worse, that spot goes to a player that is not worth playing in his own professional league – otherwise he wouldn’t go into the NCAA.

    Never mind that the college system doesn’t develop players – the American players that don’t go to college simply get lost, no matter how talented. But they do typically wind up playing in the USASA, the adult leagues. 

    Close the circle.

  108. Ryan G says:

    “the American players that don’t go to college simply get lost, no matter how talented.”

    You mean like Adu, Bradley, Howard, and Altidore? I’m sure there are more. I honestly can’t refute anything else you said, merely because I am ignorant of this entire situation. But it seems clear that if you are talented, you will get noticed.

  109. Ryan G says:

    Oh yeah, I forgot to include our best field player, Landon Donovan, in that list.

  110. Eric says:

    You’re speaking far too generally, Marc. If you’re talented, you’ll get noticed. Take Jorge Flores, Felix Garcia, or even Tristan Bowen. These are guys who never went to college and are now either playing on MLS rosters at teenagers or like Garcia, part of the US20 pool as a USL player.

  111. RedLine55 says:

    yeah Baggio!!

  112. As a Rapids fan I’m thrilled that Kwame Adjeman-Pamboe was still on the board for us to take.

  113. brian says:

    what’s up with danny cruz sliding down? the only GA player not yet selected.

  114. arena futbol says:

    >Dude. For the millionth time. It ain’t Ives.

    Dude, maybe he talking about this:
    link to proxy.espn.go.com

  115. Blake says:

    Not a good day for the USF guys :(.

  116. Blake says:

    My bad. Sorry man.

  117. chicagosoccerguy says:

    in a league with such salary contraints—- all GEN ADIDAS players should go first, makes sense.

  118. brian says:

    who in the world is paul gerstenberger????

  119. Joamiq says:

    For RB, the Hall pick seems very good. Ogunbiyi could be a useful player, though we’ll have to wait and see. The Traynor pick seems questionable. Buzz Carrick had him rated as the 21st defender on the board, while he had Hertel 5th. Hm…

  120. Sterlinho says:

    Why would the Sounders take Karkas from APU? They probably could have gotten him as an undrafted free agent. If he’s not on anybody’s list, then who else would take him? I’m scratching my head on that one.

  121. Eric says:

    I can’t believe that a team like DC or LA didn’t take Darrius Barnes. They need good athletic defenders and the guy fits the bill to the letter.

  122. Brandon says:

    I agree Eric

  123. NYRB says:

    Wow. Toronto really did very well.

  124. bgnewf says:

    Dare I say that Mo and TFC did OK today?

    White was a suprise at 4 but we did need to get him. Perhaps Mo had a sniff that he was going to be snagged by someone else and he did not want to take the chance tht he was going to go elsewhere.

    Frei is Gen Adidas and that makes Edwards redundant and tradeable. On top of that the money paid to Edwards can now be redistributed.

    Cronin is either a prospect we can groom to replace Robbo or someone that can be packaged up and traded elsewhere.

    Don’t know squat about Hall or Grella…crap shoots in the lower rounds I suppose. At least Hall is a Canuck!

    I am just suprised I guess that there were no trades. We got some good parts today and have a bit more flexibility I guess to do some deals later on but the gaping hole at centre back still exists. DeRo is still unsigned. There is no DP on the horizon and there looks like to be some more significant flux in out team’s roster before the season starts…In fact you might argue that once again TFC’s roster at the mid point of the upcoming season may be dramatically different that it is now.

    I think Mo needs to realize that the flux and upheaval that comes as a result of his management style can have a very significantly negative impact on results in and of itself. Get a good quality centre back and getting the rest of the roster settled before training camp starts in a couple of weeks and we might live up to our collective expectations for season 3. Don’t do it and god knows.

  125. Richard, UK says:

    Where’s Yohance Marshall?

  126. Joamiq says:

    Wow, no Hertel – shocker. Someone is going to get lucky and bring this kid into camp with no commitment though

  127. Joamiq says:

    Marshall apparently shocked everyone at the combine with how epically bad he was. Word is his athleticism let him cover up his shortcomings in college, but he was completely exposed for not being able to avoid mistakes at the combine – everything from poor positioning to tripping over the ball.

  128. Mel says:

    Trader Mo, I love you again!

    Whatever happens, happens. But damn I’m loving this draft for TFC right now.

  129. Daniel Karell says:

    what happened to Calum Angus!??!! i hope the red bulls can just sign him outright now. He was very good when i saw him play this year (IU vs SLU in playoffs)

  130. madmax says:

    With both LA and Toronto wanting Cronin as first pick Seattle should have gotten something from Toronto and still could have taken Zak with 2nd pick. Looks like MO Johnson bluffed them out.

  131. Jason P says:

    So glad ESPN covered this yesterday, was happy to fill an hour of my time watching it.

  132. Alan Helfer says:

    Would Tracy had gone first if he had not signed in Europe?