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2011 MLS SuperDraft Results

2011 January 13
by Brian Quarstad

Major League Soccer held their 2011 SuperDraft today at the NSCAA Convention in Baltimore, Maryland.

The expansion team Vancouver Whitecaps had the first choice overall and took 17-year-old forward Omar Salgado which seemed to surprise everyone but the Whitecaps.

“Omar never really dipped below picking him first,” said Whitecaps president Bob Lenarduzzi. “We didn’t feel that any of the offers were worthy of the potential we see in Omar.”

Lenarduzzi said the US U-20 player trained with the Whitecaps last summer and from that point on he was their guy.

Another big story was 5 of the first 8 picks today came from Akron of Ohio which was a MLS Draft record. Caleb Porter’s Zips were being plucked from the draft list more often than any other school with 7 players being picked up by MLS teams in the first three rounds.

Omar Salgado and MLS Commissioner Don Garber

Darlington Nagbe was one of those Zips who had made two trips to the NCAA Final both in 2009 and 2010. Akron won the title this year and Nagbe also nabbed the Hermann Trophy last Friday to add to his awards. Teal Bunbury, another Zip, won that same award last year.

Nagbe went 2nd overall to the Portland Timbers, another expansion club, and was the first college player to be picked in this year’s draft.

Another talking point for many who observed the MLS Combine was Wayne Rooney’s brother John who was solid in the combine. The Macclesfield Town FC player went in the second round, 25th overall, to the New York Red Bulls.

Perry Kitchen, a freshman defensive midfielder for Akron and another US U-20 player, was one of the most talked about players in the draft. He was taken by D.C. United with the third overall pick.
Here is a round by round list of all the teams and their picks.

Round 1

Pick Club Player’s Name Position School/Previous Club
1 Omar Salgado* F US U-20 National Team
2 Darlington Nagbe* M University of Akron
3 Perry Kitchen* M University of Akron/US U-20s
4 Zarek Valentin* D University of Akron/US U-20s
5 Zac MacMath* GK University of Maryland/US U-20s
6 AJ Soares D University of California
7 Kofi Sarkodie* D University of Akron
8
(from TOR)
Michael Nanchoff* M University of Akron
9 Jalil Anibaba D University of North Carolina
10 CJ Sapong F James Madison University
11
(from SEA1, POR2)
Will Bruin* F Indiana University
12 Rich Balchan D Indiana University
13 Corey Hertzog* F Penn State University
14
(from RSL3)
Victor Estupinan F LDU Quito (Ecuador)
15
(from SJ 4)
Justin Meram F University of Michigan
16 Paolo Cardozo M Quilmes (Argentina)
17 Bobby Warshaw D Stanford University
18 Eddie Ababio D University of North Carolina

Round 2

Pick Club Player’s Name Position School/Previous Club
19 Jeb Brovsky M University of Notre Dame
20
(from POR1)
Michael Tetteh* M UCSB
21
(from DC)
Juan Leone Cruz M Southern Methodist
22
(from RSL, CHV)
Chris Taylor D University of Tulsa
23 Michael Farfan M University of North Carolina
24 Stephen McCarthy M University of North Carolina
25
(from HOU)
John Rooney M Macclesfield Town (England)
26 Demitrius Omphroy D University of California
27 Servando Carrasco M University of California
28
(from PHI, KC)
Cole Grossman M Duke University
29 Bryan Meredith GK Monmouth University
30
(from CLB)
Tyler Lassiter D North Carolina State University
31
(from NY)
Chris Korb D University of Akron
32
(from RSL)
J.T. Murray D University of Louisville
33 Anthony Ampaipitakwong M University of Akron
34 Hector Jimenez M University of California
35 Charlie Campbell M/F University of Louisville
36 Colin Givens D Michigan State University

Round 3

Pick Club Player’s Name Position School/Previous Club
37 Bilal Duckett D University Notre Dame
38
(from POR)
Billy Cortes M University of Maryland
39
(from DC)
Steven Perry F University of Notre Dame
40 Jon Okafor M Brown University
41 Levi Houapeu F University of Maryland, Baltimore County
42 Ryan Kinne M/F Monmouth University
43
(from HOU)
Matt Gold D The Ohio State University
44
(from COL, TOR)
Junior Burgos M Cal-Poly, San Luis Obispo
45 Jason Herrick F University of Maryland
46 Konrad Warzycha M The Ohio State University
47 Alex Caskey M Davidson College
48 Bernardo Anor M University of South Florida
49
(from NY, CHI5)
Joao Plata M LDU Quito
50
(from RSL, LA, RSL, LA6)
Joe Willis GK University of Denver
51
(from SJ)
Davis Paul F University of California
52
(from LA)
Jarad vanSchaik M University of Portland
53 Scott Gordon D Lynn University
54
(from COL)
Alan Koger F College of William & Mary

5 Responses
  1. Red Card permalink
    January 13, 2011

    I still don’t understand the Whitecaps logic. what were they thinking.

  2. January 13, 2011

    “We didn’t feel that any of the offers were worthy of the potential we see in Omar.”

    Apparently, that is what they were thinking.

  3. MichiganMike permalink
    January 14, 2011

    Congrats to Alan Koger for being Mr. Irrelevant.

  4. fotbalist permalink
    January 14, 2011

    Bobby Lenarduzzi has always been a forward thinking man. He had a great career as a footballer in Canada. However, he lives the game. He’s always been involved in the life of the beautiful game in Canada, and (in my opinion) he is a immense component of the visionary driving force behind the fabulous success of the Vancouver Whitecaps. I trust his decisions. Looking also at their other picks, it’s clear the Whitecaps are not interested in being an inaugural year success story. The coach, Teitur Thordarson is also a great developer of players. I think they’ll do well.

  5. Wayne permalink
    January 14, 2011

    Sadly I wasn’t drafted again. Apparently being big, slow and old and possessing minimal footskills no longer guarantees a spot.

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