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UConn player goes first on Day 2
by Paul Kennedy, January 21st, 2014 3:12PM

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[2014 MLS SUPERDRAFT]  Another Connecticut player went first on the second day of the SuperDraft. After goalie Andre Blake, taken with the first pick overall on Thursday in Philadelphia, French midfielder George Fochive went to Portland with the first pick of the third round on Tuesday. For the results of Rounds 3 and 4 conducted by conference call.

-- After Fochive, who began his college career at Hawaii Pacific, Houston Baptist's Kristopher Tyrpak went to Chivas USA, and a pair of UC Santa Barbara players, German Peter Schmetz and Ghanaian Fifi Baiden, went to Sporting Kansas City and Columbus, respectively. Trinidadian defender Nicholas Walker from Fairleigh Dickinson had not been invited to the adidas MLS Player Combine, but he went to FC Dallas with the fifth pick of the third round.

-- Three sons of former NASL players were picked: Pete Caringi (Montreal), Aodhan Quinn (Philadelphia) and Jordan Ongaro (Montreal).

-- Selections included players from Division II (Frenchman Pierre Omanga of Southern New Hampshire taken by New England and Daniel Jackson of Coker picked by Real Salt Lake), Division III (Richard Marquez taken by Philadelphia) and NAIA (Australian Albert Edwards of Lindsey Wilson picked by Colorado).

-- Stefano Rijssel, one of two players at the adidas MLS Combine picked from the Caribbean Combine, was selected by Seattle. Ecuadoran defender Ronny Santos Mendoza, another Combine invitee from overseas, went to FC Dallas.

ROUND 3:
39. Portland (from D.C. United) -- M George Fochive, Connecticut
40. Chivas USA -- M Kristopher Tyrpak, Houston Baptist
41. Sporting KC (from Toronto) -- M Peter Schmetz, UC Santa Barbara
42. Columbus -- M Fifi Baiden, UC Santa Barbara
43. FC Dallas -- D Nicholas Walker, Farleigh Dickinson
44. Philadelphia -- D Richard Marquez, Redlands
45. Vancouver -- F/M Adam James Bedell, Detroit-Mercy
46. Philadelphia (from Toronto via Chicago) -- M Alex Sweetin, Saint Louis
47. San Jose -- M AJ Corrado, Indiana
48. Montreal -- FW Pete Caringi, UMBC
49. Colorado -- D Tolani Ibikunle, Wake Forest
50. New England -- F Pierre Omanga, So. New Hampshire
51. Vancouver (from Sounders FC) -- M Michael Kafari, New Mexico
52. Philadelphia (from LA Galaxy) -- M Aodhan Quinn, Akron
53. Real Salt Lake (from NY Red Bulls) -- M Joey Dillon, Georgetown
54. Houston -- GK Michael Lisch, New Mexico
55. Seattle (from Portland) -- F/M Stefano Rijssel, W Connection
56. D.C. United (from Real Salt Lake) -- M Zachery Barnes, Creighton
57. Sporting KC -- M Alex Martinez, N.C. State

FOURTH ROUND
58. Vancouver (from D.C. United) -- F Mackenzie Pridham, Cal Poly
59. Chivas USA -- D Michael Nwiloh, Georgia State
60. Toronto FC -- F Kene Eze, Rutgers
61. Chicago -- M Zach Bolden, Denver
62. FC Dallas -- D Ronny Santos Mendoza, Manta FC
63. Philadelphia -- M Luca Gimenez, Wake Forest
64. Vancouver -- M Michael Calderon, New Mexico
65. Chicago -- M Kadeem Dacres, UMBC
66. San Jose -- D Devante Dubose, Virginia Tech
67. Montreal -- F Jordan Ongaro, San Diego State
68. Colorado -- D Albert Edwards, Lindsey Wilson
69. D.C. United (from New England) -- D Travis Golden, Campbell
70. Real Salt Lake (from Sounders FC) -- F Daniel Jackson, Coker
71. Portland (from Houston via LA Galaxy) -- F Victor Chavez, UCLA
72. LA Galaxy (from NY Red Bulls) -- Pass
73. Portland (from Houston) -- M Nikita Kotlov, Indiana
74. San Jose (from Portland) -- GK Billy Knutsen, American
75. Chicago (from Real Salt Lake) -- M Bryan Ciesiulka, Marquette
76. Sporting KC -- F Reinaldo Brenes, Akron
77. Seattle (from San Jose) -- M Fabio Pereira, Michigan


2 comments
  1. Gus Keri
    commented on: January 22, 2014 at 12:19 p.m.
    I love this: "72. LA Galaxy (from NY Red Bulls) -- Pass." It tells you all you need to know about these two rounds. Not only these two teams didn't pick any player; but also that exchange of draft pick (through a trade, I assume) was useless. So many lessons to be learnt from this small sentence.

  1. Alex G. Sicre
    commented on: January 22, 2014 at 2:36 p.m.
    Enrique "Kique" Cardenas, of Coachella Valley High, and UC.Irvine, should have been picked by L A Galaxy. I'm very disappointed.


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