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Philadelphia 2010, all the draft picks
by SA Editorial, January 15th, 2010 7AM

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[MLS SUPERDRAFT] No surprise: Philadelphia took Danny Mwanga of Oregon State with the top pick in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft, and Tony Tchani of Virginia. Ike Opara of Wake Forest and Teal Bunbury of Akron followed at 2-4. A record four Wake players were taken in the first round. For all the 64 draft picks, reaction from MLS coaches and GMs and more from Soccer America's live coverage of the draft ...

Meet the No. 1 Pick:

After he arrived in the United States from the Democratic Republic of Congo at age 14. "I didn't know anyone and I didn't know the language," says the No. 1 pick at the 2010 MLS SuperDraft. A soccer ball and a nearby park changed all that. Click here for Mike Woitalla's story on Mwanga ...

Heard around the Draft:

A possible trade in the works: veteran defender Jimmy Conrad headed from Kansas City to New York.

From the sources:

Assistant coach John Hackworth of Philadelphia, which worked two trades to acquire the No. 6 (Amobi Okugo) and No. 7 (Jack McInerney) picks in addition to the top choice, Danny Mwanga:

"Rather than fill the roster late in the draft, we made the decision - especially with some personal knowledge of these guys - that these are very talented guys, so let's move up and get them early and build our roster. I personally coached Amobi for two years and I always thought he was one of the brightest talents we had coming through our national team programs. He is a very talented individual and I have no questions about his mentality adjusting to the professional game. I've watched Jack over the last few years and with the 17s, and he's one of the best attacking players at his position at his age that we've seen in a long time."

San Jose general manager John Doyle of the No. 3 pick, defender Ike Opara:

"We watched him a lot, and he's obviously terrific physically: great speed, great catch-up speed, great in the air, and good on the ball. He's very young, he's only 20, but we're looking forward to seeing how he does, how he progresses. We want to build a little bit for the future. We haven't done much with the draft, the really, the whole Earthquakes tradition has been about the offseason and the midseason. This time, we've worked really hard on the draft, and wanted to make sure we were ready to use the draft to our advantage."

MLS SuperDraft, 4th Round Updates:

-- UCLA finished with five draftees, the most any college.

-- Denver's Kris Banghart is taken by by RSL with the last pick.

-- Houston will probably lose one Holden but gets another, Euan Holden, Stuart's younger brother, goes to the Dynamo with the 62nd pick.

-- The first goalie is taken: U-20 goalie Brian Perk out of UCLA. He's staying in Philly, taken by the Union with its final pick of the draft and followed two picks later by his U-20 backup Sean Johnson, taken by Chicago. With Johnson's selection, all 12 GAs have a home.

MLS SuperDraft, 3nd Round Updates:

-- Third Round is complete: see below. Still available: goalie Sean Johnson, first GA not taken in the first three rounds.

-- Other players of note not picked: Former U-17 and U-20 Ofori Sarkodie of Indiana and Irving Garcia of UC Irvine.

MLS SuperDraft, 2nd Round Updates:

That's it for the second round, The tally on players taken in the first two rounds, by college conference:
-- ACC (9);
-- Big East (8);
-- Pac-10 (6);
-- Mid-American (2);
-- Atlantic-10, Ivy, Missouri Valley, MPSF, WCC (1).

28. Justin Morrow, one of the top performers at the Combine, joins Notre Dame teammate Michael Thomas, another second-round pick, in heading to San Jose.

24. Toronto picks former U-17 defender Zachary Herold. The only GA still available: goalie Sean Johnson.

21. GA Andrew Wiedeman out of Cal finally goes with 21st pick.

MLS SuperDraft, 1st Round Updates:

16. UCLA's Michael Stephens stays at home, going to the Galaxy. He's the third Bruin taken in the first round.

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15. Collen Warner goes to RSL, which traded Clint Mathis and the next pick, No. 16, to LA for the 15th pick. Clint returns to the Galaxy, where he started his pro career.

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14. The Red Bulls take Austin da Luz, son of Wake women's coach Tony da Luz. That makes four Wake players to go in the first round and the seventh in the last three years. The four players mark the first time in SuperDraft history that one school has had four players taken in the first round of a single draft. The previous record of three was held by UCLA (2000) and Maryland (2009). At least one Demon Deacon has been taken in the last six drafts. (That doesn't include a projected first-rounder Marcus Tracy, the 2008 Hermann Trophy winner who passed up on an MLS deal to head to Denmark.)

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13. Finally, Corben Bone is taken. He's headed to Chicago.

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12. The Crew takes a five-minute timeout. Boo! (ESPN2 coverage is over.) And with its pick ... another surprise ... Bright Dike of Notre Dame. Still available ... Corben Bone, expected to go as high as No. 5.

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11. The Seattle Sounders take David Estrada, who had an excellent freshman year for UCLA (Sounders coach Sigi Schmid's former school) but disappeared after that.

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10. Blair Gavin headed to Chivas makes 8 GA players in the first 10 picks.

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9. The Revs pick forward Zach Schilawski. (The Wake pre-med major has the faux pas of the day, saying he's glad be with the Crew before looking down at the scarf that was placed over his shoulders and correcting himself ...)

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8. Columbus takes U-20 midfielder Dilly Duka, formerly of Rutgers.

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7. Philly follows up with another youth national team product: former U.S. U-17 Jack McInerney.

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6. UCLA freshman Amobi Okugo goes to Philly with the first of two picks in a row.

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5. The surprise: North Carolina's Zach Loyd goes to FC Dallas.

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4. Teal Bunbury goes to Kansas City, the first father-son signing in MLS history. Father Alex played for the Wizards.

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3. San Jose takes Ike Opara, the U-20 defender out of Wake Forest. He is expected to remain at Wake to complete his degree before joining the Quakes.

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2. Red Bulls takes another West African with the second pick, Tony Tchani of national champion Virginia. Tchani came to the United States three years ago from Cameroon and settled in the Tidewater area of Virginia, where UVa coach George Gelnovatch was tipped off about the young talent.

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1. No surprise: Philadelphia takes Danny Mwanga of Oregon State, the second straight year a college sophomore of Congolese origin is taken with the top pick.

Mwanga's father died in second Congolese war, and mother fled to the United States without his knowledge. Danny eventually was re-united with his mother and settled in Portland.

A part-time player in 2008, Mwanga was the 2009 Pac-10 Player of the Year. He joins such Beavers as Ryan Findley, Alan Gordon and Ryan Johnson who come out of OSU.

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Pre-Draft deals, Thursday am:
Philadelphia's wheeling and dealing continued as it picked up FC Dallas' No. 6 pick overall in exchange for allocation money. The FCD trade gives the Union three of the first seven picks in the 2010 draft.

New York traded its second- and third-round picks to New England for the rights to Chris Albright.

1st Round
1. Philadelphia, Danny Mwanga, Oregon State, F
2. New York, Tony Tchani, Virginia, M
3. San Jose, Ike Opara, Wake Forest, D
4. Kansas City, Teal Bunbury, Akron, F
5. FC Dallas (from Toronto FC), Zach Loyd, North Carolina, M
6. Philadelphia (from FC Dallas), Amobi Okugo, UCLA, M
7. Philadelphia (D.C. United), Jack McInerney, Cobb FC, F
8. Columbus (from Colorado), Dilly Duka, Rutgers, M
9. New England, Zach Schilawski, Wake Forest, F
10. Chivas USA, Blair Gavin, Akron, M
11. Seattle, David Estrada, UCLA, F
12. Columbus, Bright Dike, Notre Dame, F
13. Chicago, Corben Bone, Wake Forest, M
14. New York (from Houston), Austin da Luz, Wake Forest, M
15. Real Salt Lake (from Los Angeles), Collen Warner, Portland, F
16. Los Angeles (from Real Salt Lake), Michael Stephens, UCLA, F

2nd Round
17. Philadelphia, Toni Stahl, Connecticut, M
18. New York, Tim Ream, Saint Louis, D/M
19. San Jose, Michael Thomas, Notre Dame, M
20. Kansas City, Korede Aiyegbusi, N.C. State, D
21. FC Dallas (from Toronto FC), Andrew Wiedeman, California, F
22. Colorado (from FC Dallas), Andre Akpan, Harvard, F
23. Colorado (from D.C. United), Ross LaBauex, Virginia, M
24. Toronto (from Colorado), Zach Herold, West Pines United, D
25. New England, Seth Sinovic, Creighton, D
26. Chicago (from Chivas USA), Kwame Watson-Siriboe, Connecticut, D
27. Seattle, Michael Seamon, Villanova, M/F
28. San Jose (from Real Salt Lake, FC Dallas, Columbus), Justin Morrow, Notre Dame, D
29. Chicago, Drew Yates, Maryland, M
30. San Jose (from Houston), Steve Beitashour, San Diego State, D/M
31. New England (from New York, Los Angeles), Zak Boggs, South Florida, M/F
32. Real Salt Lake, Justin Davis, New Mexico, M/F

3rd Round
33. Philadelphia, Kyle Nakazawa, UCLA, M
34. New England (from New York), Conor Chin, San Francisco, F
35. Chivas USA (from San Jose), Kevin Tangney, Maryland, D
36. Kansas City, Nick Cardenas, San Diego State, D
37. San Jose (from Toronto FC), Andrew Hoxie, William & Mary, F
38. FC Dallas, Jason Yeisley, Penn State, F
39. Real Salt Lake (from Los Angeles, D.C. United), Chris Schuler, Creighton, D
40. Colorado, Chad Borak, Cal State Northridge, D
41. Kansas City (from New England), Mauro Fuzetti, Michigan, M/F
42. Chivas USA, Isaac Kissi, Dayton, M/F
43. Houston (from Seattle), David Walker, UC Santa Barbara, M/F
44. Dallas (from Columbus), Eric Alexander, Indiana, M
45. Chicago, Steve Kinney, Chicago, Elon, D
46. Houston, Samuel Appiah, Boston Univ., M
47. Chivas USA (from Los Angeles), Ben Zemanski, Akron, M
48. New England (from New York, Real Salt Lake), Jason Griffiths, Kentucky, M/F

4th Round
49. Philadelphia, Brian Perk, UCLA, G
50. New York, Irving Garcia, UC Irvine, M
51. Chicago (from San Jose), Sean Johnson, UCF, G
52. Kansas City, Ofori Sarkodie, Indiana, D
53. Toronto FC, Joseph Nane, Old Dominion, M
54. FC Dallas, Dane Saintus, SMU, M
55. D.C. United, Jordan Graye, North Carolina, D
56. Colorado, Chris Cutshaw, Bradley, F
57. New England, Adam Welch, Lehigh, D
58. Chivas USA (from Toronto, Chivas USA), Chris Ross, Colgate, M
59. Seattle, Jamel Wallace, San Diego State, D
60. Columbus, Kwaku Nyamekye, Harvard, D
61. Columbus (from Chicago), Othaniel Yanez, Louisville, M
62. Houston, Euan Holden, New Mexico, D
63. Columbus (from Los Angeles), Shaun Francis, Lindsey Wilson, D
64. Real Salt Lake, Kris Banghart, Denver, D


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