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Lessons from the 2013 SuperDraft
by Paul Kennedy, January 17th, 2013 6:52PM

TAGS:  mls, toronto fc


[MLS SUPERDRAFT] Toronto FC began the week with the No. 1 (and No. 3) pick in the MLS SuperDraft but by the end of the draft on Thursday had traded down to No. 4, then No. 10 and finally No. 16 to load up on allocation money to be used to help pay down the contracts and bonuses on the new players it wants to bring in as part of its massive rebuilding program. Besides the value of MLS funny money, the other lesson of the 2013 SuperDraft is how the combine matters. The stock of players fluctuated wildly based on their performance in Florida. For the complete draft list ...

Toronto was originally thought to want central defenders Andrew Farrell and Walker Zimmerman with the No. 1 and No. 3 picks, but it ended up taking a pair of Canadians, midfielder Kyle Bekker and Emery Welshman, who both had impressive combines.

As a warning to players in the future, the combine demonstrated how a player's stock can rise or fall wildly based on his performance at the adidas MLS Player Combine.

Farrell at No. 1 was a given, but no one would have thought Bekker, Gambian phenom Kekuta Manneh and Erik Hurtado would have gone 3-4-5 before the draft. Welshman became a first-round pick thanks to his play at the combine.

Conversely, Mike Lopez was in the running for Chivas USA's pick at No. 2 but when it took Alvarez, another Mexican-American, he dropped all the way to No. 14.

Jason Johnson went into the combine as the top-rated forward in the draft, but after a poor combine he was only the sixth forward to be selected, at No. 13.

That was better than fellow Jamaican Ashton Bennett, considered one of the top two senior forwards in college last fall. The draft came and went -- all 38 picks -- without him being taken.

MLS Super Draft:
First Round
1 New England -- D Andrew Farrell (Louisville)
2 Chivas USA -- M Carlos Alvarez (Connecticut)
3 Toronto FC -- M Kyle Bekker (Boston College)
4 (a) Vancouver -- F Kekuta Manneh (Austin Aztex)
5 Vancouver -- F Erik Hurtado (Santa Clara)
6 Colorado -- F Deshorn Brown (UCF)
7 FC Dallas -- D Walker Zimmerman (Furman)
8 Montreal -- M Blake Smith (New Mexico)
9 Columbus -- F Ryan Finley (Notre Dame)
10 (a) (b) Seattle -- D/F Eriq Zavaleta (Indiana)
11 Colorado -- M Dillon Powers (Notre Dame)
12 Real Salt Lake  -- M John Stertzer (Maryland)
13 Houston -- F Jason Johnson (VCU)
14 Sporting KC -- M Mikey Lopez (North Carolina)
15 San Jose -- D Tommy Muller (Georgetown)
16 (b) Toronto FC -- F Emery Welshman (Oregon State)
17 D.C. United -- D Taylor Kemp (Maryland)
18 Montreal -- M Fernando Monge (UCLA)
19 Los Angeles -- F Charlie Rugg (Boston College)

(a) Toronto FC traded the No. 4 pick to Vancouver for the No. 10 pick and allocation money.
(b) Toronto FC traded the No. 10 pick to Seattle for the No. 16 pick and allocation money.

Second Round
20 FC Dallas --
M Ryan Hollingshead (UCLA)
21 New England -- M Donnie Smith (Charlotte)
22 New York -- M Ian Christianson (Georgetown)
23 New England -- F Luke Spencer (Xavier)
24 Los Angeles -- D Kofi Opare (Michigan)
25 Colorado -- D Kory Kindle (Cal State Bakersfield)
26 Philadelphia -- F Don Anding (Northeastern)
27 Montreal -- M Paulo DelPiccolo (Louisville)
28 Columbus -- D Drew Beckie (Denver)
29 Real Salt Lake -- F Devon Sandoval (New Mexico)
30 Chicago -- F Yazid Atouba Emane (Rainbow FC, Cameroon)
31 Philadelphia -- M Stephen Okai (Mobile)
32 Montreal -- G Brad Stuver (Cleveland State)
33 San Jose -- M Dan Delgado (San Diego)
34 Portland -- D Dylan Tucker-Gangnes (Washington)
35 Seattle -- D Dylan Remick (Brown)
36 New England -- G Luis Soffner (Indiana)
37 Houston -- D Jimmy Nealis (Georgetown)
38 LA Galaxy -- D Greg Cochrane (Louisville)

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