- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On December 22, 2008
- 4 Comments
- 2009 MLS SuperDraft, 2009 SuperDraft, SuperDraft Watch
Okay, I finally got around to writing this up. I’ve already previewed a slew of players but I figure I need to go ahead and talk about guys that we definitely know are coming to the draft because they are seniors!
Okay now that we’ve back tracked I’ve done more homework on some seniors to keep an eye out for (that’s why it has taken me a week or so to wrap this one up). As always, feel free to pipe in your own discussion on the matter below.
1. Brad Ring (Indiana) – Some regard him as the best defensive midfielder in the draft. I think he is right up there. After watching a little bit of his school play this year I do know that Ring (right) is very savvy in the middle. Plus I love his ability to get forward on free kicks and set pieces.
2. Chris Clements (Tulsa) – One thing about Tulsa this past year, without Clements they struggled, with him they were a very good team. He may be a lower round selection but don’t be shocked to see him rated pretty well in the defensive pool before the draft.
3. Darrius Barnes (Duke) – Another defender on the list that may not get a lot of pub but I think could be a valuable pick up for most clubs. He is the type that knows how to get forward a bunch when it is needed. He’s got some good speed, which will come in handy.
4. Evan Bush (Akron) – Here’s a keeper to watch out for. While I think there are three or four good ones in front of Bush you could see him sneak up there if he has a solid enough Combine. He held a ridiculous goals-against-average while at Akron. He may be a real sleeper in this draft for someone needing a keeper.
5. Graham Zusi (Maryland) – What’s funny is I almost previewed his before the College Cup last week but went against doing it on the last second. Boy was that a mistake as Zusi scored the Terps’ two goals in the Cup to give them another National title. I think his stock will continue to rise with a solid showing at the Combine next month too.
6. Jordan Seabrook (South Florida) – I said during his freshman year at USF that he’d be a MLSer one day and I’m still standing by that statement. Seabrook has good speed and the ability to really mess with defenders.
7. Matt Besler (Notre Dame) – A four year starter that I have some memories of (from his freshman and sophomere seasons). Could be a solid center back in the league if he develops right. Not a high pick but someone that could really provide depth.
8. Akeem Priestly (UCONN) – A guy with a great left leg. Something that plenty of clubs will want as he can cover the left side of the field was ease. But one thing that a lot of people like about Priestly and it’s one thing that I recall from seeing him was his runs that he would make. Very solid in that department.
9. Mike Grella (Duke) – A forward that knows how to score. I kind of see him in that Jason Kries mold. Just has a nose for scoring.
10. Kyle Patterson (Saint Louis) – A product of West Bromwich Albion FC in England. A very calm and cool guy in the middle of the park. Just reads the game very well from what I’ve been able to see in a couple games that I found online.
11. Calum Angus (Saint Louis) – Came over to Saint Louis with Patterson. Very solid defender that could sneak up a lot of draft boards. Reads the game extremely well.
12. Paul Gerstenberger (Boston College) – One of the better left footed defenders that I’ve seen in the college game in some time. Another one of those defenders that are very dangerous at getting forward on set pieces and corner kicks.
That’s it for now…I will return later on this week with another batch of players. It just takes time for me to watch the film that I can find on some of these kids since I don’t see them every weekend like some scouts do out there. But it is still interesting to find these kids and see exactly how they are in the game. If you have or know of any college guys that are worth being looked at just drop me a comment and I will do my best to give them a look for my next preview.