Going into the fourth weekend of the MLS season, 15 collegians taken in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft and Supplemental Draft have already made their pro debuts.
So far, as many players
taken in the fourth round of the SuperDraft or lower (Supplemental Draft) have played as players taken in the first round of the SuperDraft -- five.
North Carolina's Michael
, who made MLS history when he scored three minutes into Kansas City's opener at D.C. United and has been outstanding on the left side of midfield, is an early favorite for Rookie
of the Year honors.
Less heralded players who have gotten off to good starts are Clemson's Dane Richards
, who has solidified the right side of the unbeaten New York Red
Bulls' midfield, Oregon State product Robbie Findley
, who scored Los Angeles' only goal in its first two games, and Virginia striker Adam Cristman
, the 48th pick in the
SuperDraft who has two assists in three starts.
Maryland's Maurice Edu
, the No. 1 pick for expansion Toronto FC, became the first Generation adidas player to play when he debuted
Wednesday night in a 3-0 loss at Kansas City PICK PLAYER (TEAM-COLLEGE) GP/MIN. 1 Maurice Edu
(Toronto FC-Maryland) 1/68 3 Michael Harrington
City-North Carolina) 3/270 (1 goal, 1 assist) 5 Wells Thompson
(New England-Wake Forest) 3/141 7 John Cunliffe
(Chivas USA-Ft. Lewis) 3/42 (1 assist) 10 Andrew
(Toronto FC-UC Santa Barbara) 3/197 15 Brad Evans
(Columbus-UC Irvine) 2/30 16 Robbie Findley
(Los Angeles-Oregon State) 2/62 (1 goal) 19 Dane Richards
(New York-Clemson) 4/318 (1 assist) 23 Ty Harden
(Los Angeles-Washington) 2/180 33 Sinisa Ubiparipovic
(New York-Akron) 2/7 42 Kurt Morsink
City-James Madison) 1/2 48 Adam Cristman
(New England-Virginia) 3/206 (2 assists) 55 Aaron Hohlbein
(Kansas City-Wisconsin) 1/90 73 Osei Teleford
(Chicago-Liberty) 1/1 77 Gary Flood
(New England-Hofstra) 2/83