According to a report from Goal.com, Andre Lewis has signed a contract with the New York Cosmos. The Jamaican player impressed at the MLS Combine before the SuperDraft, and was taken 7th overall by the Whitecaps. But according to Ives Galarcep, Lewis has opted to sign with the Cosmos. Vancouver responded on Twitter by saying…More
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The MLS SuperDraft has a little bit of everything. We saw draft day trades, highly projected players falling, and two timeouts were called! Here’s who I thought had the best day at the draft, and which teams got the best value in the second round.More
First, here’s who a few experts have the Sounders taking in the first round…
Simon Borg, MLSSoccer.com: Tesho Akindele, Colorado School of Mines, midfielder/forward
Matthew Doyle, MLSSoccer.com: Kyle Venter, New Mexico, defender
Nate Sulat, MLSSoccer.com: Schillo Tshuma, Maryland, forward (Generation Adidas)
Ives Galarcep, Goal.com: A.J. Cochran, Wisconsin, defender (Generation Adidas)
TopDrawerSoccer.com: Ben Sweat, South Florida, defender (with 13th pick)
Obviously, the last two mocks are not up-to-date with the Sounders’ trade on Wednesday with the Fire, but Kotlov and Sweat could both be options for the club with the 8th pick.More
J.R. Eskilson covers soccer across the country for Top Drawer Soccer and always has a pulse on the college game. We asked him about the quality of the 2014 SuperDraft class, who the Sounders may look to draft on Thursday, and what the club is getting in homegrown signings Aaron Kovar and Sean Okoli.
Seattle Times: As of this moment, what player do you think D.C. United will take with the first overall pick?
J.R. Eskilson: D.C. United is in a tricky spot. The franchise would be better off if it traded out of the top pick – added a player and more picks. The Generation Adidas class does not have any breakout stars – there are a lot of good players but no player that I would point to and say that guy is going to be great from day one. If D.C. United sticks with the spot, I think they roll the dice and take Christian Dean with the top pick. He is a big center back, athletic, strikes the ball clean. I don’t think he is the most pro-ready out of the bunch – I actually prefer his teammate Steve Birnbaum – but he is Generation Adidas so the salary does not count against the cap and it gives D.C. something to build around for now.
ST: If you were starting a new MLS franchise and had the first pick of the draft, would you still take Dean?
JE: No. I’d go after Andre Blake. D.C. United has a good, young keeper in Bill Hamid so there is no need to select a keeper in this draft. The reason Blake appeals to me beyond the obvious skills and athleticism is the vast difference between him and the next goalkeeper in the draft. Defensively, I think there are center backs that could go in round two or three that are close to par with the top names on the board. The same could be said in midfield – maybe to a lesser extent at forward. Goalkeeper is the position where the greatest difference is between the first players and second on my draft board.More