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January 13, 2011 at 11:20 AM

2011 MLS SuperDraft — I’ll provide live updates here

LAST PICK FOR SEATTLE?–Unless Sounders FC pulls a late trade, Davidson College midfielder Alex Caskey will be the team’s last pick. A teleconference with the front office is coming up so I’m going to stop the updates here. Thanks for following.

SOUNDERS PICKS–Courtesy of the live blog on

#20 – Michael Tetteh, Midfielder from UCSB

#21 – Juan Leone Cruz, Defender from SUM

#27 – Servando Carrasco, Midfielder from California

#29 – Bryan Meredith, Goalkeeper from Monmouth University

TETTEH ADDRESSES MEDIA–The new Sounders has been talking to reporters for the last 15 minutes or so. He says he’s left-footed and could play as a left back or left midfielder. Credits Ashley Cole of Chelsea as an inspiration in his playing style. Knows all about the Seattle support. Hasn’t seen his family in Ghana in six years.

SOUNDERS ON THE CLOCK AGAIN–Still on the teleconference. Try to update when I can. Seattle takes Servando Carrasco a midfielder from Cal at No. 27. Two picks later the team takes a goalkeeper, Bryan Meredith from Monmouth at No. 29.

ROONEY TO THE RED BULLS–New York takes John Rooney with the 25th pick overall.


ANOTHER UNC MIDFIELDER GOES–New England takes the 6-foot-4 Stephen McCarthy.

FINALLY GOT THE FEED– people probably don’t know they’re live as they chatter. Portland took a defender from Tulsa, I missed his name. UPDATE: It’s Chris Taylor. One pick later Philadelphia takes UNC midfielder Michael Farfan.

SOUNDERS PICK CRUZ–One pick later, which Seattle received in the Stephen King trade, Seattle takes SMU defender Juan Leone Cruz.

SOUNDERS PICK TETTEH–The final remaining Generation Adidas player on the board, UCSB’s Michael Tetteh, is selected by Seattle with pick No. 20.

ESPN BROADCAST OVER–Still no feed for me. Guess I’ll rely on Twitter…

SECOND ROUND STARTS–Still trying to get a feed to work. Until then, the Vancouver Whitecaps select midfielder Jeb Brovsky from Notre Dame with pick No. 19. Seattle on the clock.

ALL QUIET ON THE SOUNDERS FRONT–No picks for Seattle in the first round, which traded the No. 11 selection and an international roster spot to the Timbers for the 20th overall pick in the second round and allocation money. Stay tuned now because Sounders FC has four of the next 11 picks.

KENNY COOPER TO PORTLAND?–It’s not official yet but all signs have been pointing to the big forward’s return to MLS with the Timbers. Including this tweet.

THE FIRST ROUND ENDS–League champion Colorado takes UNC defender Eddie Ababio with the 18th pick. Only took an hour and a half!

FC DALLAS PICKS QUICKLY–The MLS Cup finalists take Stanford midfielder/defender Bobby Warshaw at No. 17. Just one pick left in the first round.

COLUMBUS DISPATCH WITH AN UPDATE–The players to be named later in the Crew-San Jose swap was forward Steven Lenhart. He now joins the Earthquakes.

ANOTHER FOREIGN PLAYER PICKED–The L.A. Galaxy select Uruguayan midfielder Paolo Cardozo, who played for Quilmes of the Argentinian second division at No. 16.

ONE GA PLAYER LEFT–UCSB’s Michael Tetteh is the only Generation Adidas player left on the board. When might he go?

ANOTHER TRADE–Columbus trades player to be announced to San Jose for the No. 15 pick and allocation money. Crew takes Michigan forward Justin Meram.

FIRST FOREIGN PLAYER TAKEN–Chivas selects Victor Estupinan from Ecuador.

REAL SALT LAKE ASKS FOR A TIMEOUT–A trade in the works? Chivas USA sends allocation money to RSL and now on the clock at No. 14.

LUCKY NO. 13–Hertzog also doesn’t stay available very long. The New York Red Bulls, who lost Juan Pablo Angel in the offseason, take the Penn State forward with the 13th overall pick.

CREW WITH THE NO. 12 PICK–Columbus takes Indiana defender Rick Balchan. That’s two Bruins in a row. Perhaps a bit of a surprise, I hadn’t heard much about him. He wasn’t in attendance.

TRADE ANNOUNCED–Timbers trade No. 11 pick (which is just received from Seattle) to Houston for allocation money. Dynamo takes the aforementioned Bruin with the selection.

FORWARDS ON THE BOARD–Indiana’s Will Bruin and Penn State’s Corey Hertzog were projected to be high picks. Might they be the next couple taken?

TOP TEN OVER–As Sporting K.C. president tweeted just before the pick, the team takes James Madison forward CJ Sapong at No. 10 overall.

SEATTLE’S PICKS–As of now, Sounders FC scheduled to pick at 20, 21, 27, 29.

CHICAGO TAKES COMBINE MVP–North Carolina defender Jalil Anibaba, who spent some time in Sounders FC training last year, goes to the Fire at No. 9.

VANCOUVER PICKS AGAIN–And the player is, again, from Akron. With the eighth overall pick the Whitecaps take Zips midfielder Michael Nanchoff. That sets the MLS record for the most teammates drafted in the first round.

A QUICK POST–Here’s a little aside on the Seattle trade. Still haven’t seen anything from the team yet.

ANOTHER ZIP OFF THE BOARD–Kofi Sarkodie, another talented Akron defender, is taken at No. 7 by Houston. That’s four Zips teammates selected in the first round, which ties an MLS record set last year by Wake Forest.

NEW ENGLAND TAKES A DEFENDER–AJ Soares of Cal to the Revs at No. 6.

SEATTLE TRADE–Sounders trade the No. 11 pick and an international slot to Portland and get the 20th overall pick in the second round and allocation money.

PHILADELPHIA GOES WITH A GOALKEEPER–Zac MacMath, the top goalkeeping prospect of the draft, is selected by the Union with the fifth-overall pick. Many Sounders FC fans were hoping he’d fall to No. 11.

ANOTHER AKRON PLAYER DRAFTED–That’s three Zips in a row. Defender Zarek Valentin goes to Chivas USA at No. 4.

WHO KNOWS?–Maybe Nagbe didn’t want to go to Vancouver. Or maybe his citizen status did play a part.

TRADE ANNOUNCED–Toronto FC sends forward Chad Barrett to the L.A. Galaxy for future considerations.

PERRY KITCHEN FALLS–Some figured the Akron midfielder/defender as the best player in the draft. He doesn’t drop too far though as D.C. United happily takes him at No. 3.

PORTLAND AT NO. 2–Timbers take Akron forward Darlington Nagbe. The speedy attacking player won the Hermann Trophy this year as the most outstanding player in NCAA soccer.

“AT LEAST WE’RE NOT SEATTLE!”–That chant clearly audible on the ESPN broadcast…

MORE ON SALGADO–The U.S. under-20 forward is 6-foot-4, 170 pounds and supposedly has a huge upside. At 17 years old, he’s a bit of a project for now.

AND WITH THE NO. 1 PICK–Vancouver surprisingly takes Omar Salgado! The Akron duo of Darlington Nagbe and Perry Kitchen had been the consensus top two picks by pundits and MLS coaches/GMs all week. Interesting.

HERE WE GO–Broadcast starting on ESPN2. Lots of people expecting an early surprise.

ADVANCE NOTICE–Should the Sounders keep and use their first-round draft pick, that player will speak with us the media shortly after. So there will be a delay in the updates when that happens.


MUCH ADO ABOUT NO. 1–Rumors have swirled like crazy around the top pick this week and probably little to none of it is true. First some speculated that Akron star Darlington Nagbe just doesn’t want to go to Vancouver. Then some thought his citizenship status (he’s not a U.S. citizen) might affect things. Others have reported that the Whitecaps are shopping the pick. Should be interesting to see what happens…

EXPECT TRADES–Due to the importance of allocation money and Sounders FC’s relatively full roster, don’t be surprised to see a few trades involving Seattle — or the rest of the league for that matter.

HALF HOUR TO GO–I’ve set up camp in my living room with a couple computers and a TV, ready to take on this SuperDraft. The festivities start at 9 a.m. on ESPN2 for the first round and for the final two. I’ll provide updates here as best I can.

Got any final predictions or hopes for Sounders FC or any other team?


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