One thing we learned from last year’s SuperDraft is that you can find quality talent in the draft still. This year’s draft should be no different from last years in terms of talent that we will see produce this coming season in Major League Soccer.
All the 16 clubs have different needs going into Thursday’s draft as well. Some wanting more offense, some more defense while others are just hoping to use a large number of picks to get actual talent on their roster.
Whatever the case may be the needs are different for each club. I figured I would give my thoughts on each club’s needs going into the draft. Feel free to leave your thoughts and comments below.
Chicago Fire (picks 13, 29, 45):
We know who the Fire are losing this winter (Cuauhtemoc Blanco, Chris Rolfe, Gonzalo Segares, Bakary Soumare and Brandon Prideaux) and we now know who will be coaching the club in 2010 but which way will they go? Having only three picks makes me believe the first will be defensive. Just too much talent to lose in the back and not go defensive with the first round pick. So look for not one but two defensive picks out of this bunch. They can make up offense elsewhere but there is some good defensive talent in this draft that they can use right away.
Chivas USA (picks 10, 26, 35, 42, 58):
I must say it is weird seeing Chivas with this many picks. Usually its two or three at this most. New manager Martin Vasquez has already said he wants a defender with his first pick, but I think he may settle for a defensive midfielder too. Chivas needs some midfield cover too here but I wouldn’t be shocked to see them try to snag a striker or wing player with that second round pick.
Colorado Rapids (picks 22, 23, 40, 56):
Two second round picks in a row may possibly make up for the lack of a first round pick. With the amount of injuries that hit this club in the midfield and defense last year expect them to go that direction with those two picks. At that point in the draft there will still be two quality players available that could even start a lot of games this season.
Columbus Crew (picks 8, 12, 60, 61, 63):
This much we know, Guillermo Barros Schelotto isn’t going anywhere in 2010, and possibly 2011. That’s good but the Crew do need some youth in the midfield for the future. With two first round picks expect the Crew to use both instead of working a deal because they need depth. I can’t see them not taking a striker though with one of those two first rounders though.
DC United (picks 7, 39, 55):
Low on picks this year so don’t be shocked if they work a deal or two to get some extra players. With so many areas to fill in here its almost a complete guess which way the Black-and-Red will go in this draft with that first pick. I still believe they take an offensive minded player. By losing Luciano Emilio they need offensive cover if they want to stay competitive in the east. Still they need a lot done here…and I mean a lot.
FC Dallas (picks 5, 6, 21, 38, 44, 54):
They won’t package those two picks unless they are getting something big in return. But I wouldn’t be shocked to see them get rid of a couple of those late picks because they honestly have little need for them at this point and Schellas Hyndman doesn’t want too many more young players on this roster. They are said to hold the key in this draft but really it just means they are sitting pretty. As far as their needs go, they definitely could use some depth up top with Jeff Cunningham and in the midfield.
Houston Dynamo (picks 43, 47, 62):
The one year Houston really needs to be higher in this draft is a year, much like many before this one, where they sit on the sidelines until late in the draft. Obvious needs are finding cover for the departures of Ricardo Clark and Stuart Holden. Sadly enough however the Dynamo probably won’t find a start out of those three late picks unless there is another Geoff Cameron out there.
Kansas City Wizards (picks 4, 20, 36, 41, 52):
Having the second worst offense in the league last year lets me easily say the first pick will be a striker. Adding some cover in the midfield will be the next priority for this club with that second round pick or finding a potential replacement for Kevin Hartman in goal. I could see them going either way with that second round pick at this point.
Los Angeles Galaxy (picks 15, 46, 64):
Not many picks so don’t expect a big splash from Bruce Arena and company. The signing of the three Brazilians really helped Arena fills some holes before the draft. That first rounder will probably be a striker or some sort of offensive minded midfielder. It wouldn’t shock me in the least bit to see Arena try to get two strikers out of this draft either.
New England Revolution (picks 9, 25, 57):
With only three picks Steve Nicol has a lot of work cut out for him. He’s gotta get some midfield cover for the potential loss of Jeff Larentowicz and for the aging Steve Ralston. He also needs some attacking help since Taylor Twellman hasn’t been a 100% since 2007. I also think he may try and grab a keeper to fill the loss of Brad Knighton to the expansion club in Philadelphia.
New York Red Bulls (picks 2, 14, 18, 31, 34, 50):
It’s probably a good thing the Red Bulls have so many picks, three of them with sure potential to be starters this coming year if things go right. They’ll likely go with Tony Tchani first and then hope to correct their terrible defense after that. I’d say those later round picks will be for trying to find a potential striker or wing player.
Philadelphia Union (picks 1, 17, 33, 49):
New kids on the block are likely taking Danny Mwanga first. That’s good since their expansion draft was pretty defensive-minded. I’d say after that they’ll continue filling needs in the midfield. Don’t be shocked if they are apart of some draft day deals as well.
Real Salt Lake (picks 16, 32, 48):
The champs only have three picks so I honestly wouldn’t expect a big draft day out of this bunch in the process. Look for them to get a striker, possibly a keeper, and some defensive cover.
San Jose Earthquakes (picks 3, 19, 28, 30, 37, 51):
For once Frank Yallop and John Doyle have to take this draft serious. For two years they really haven’t and it has cost them dearly. With six picks they have to patch up the defense, get some offense, find some quality midfielders and possibly find an eventual replacement for Joe Cannon. Having six picks should provide them the chance at doing just that but we’ll see, so far their track record isn’t too good.
Seattle Sounders FC (picks 11, 27, 59):
Sigi Schmid’s bunch doesn’t have too many large holes to fill but they could do well to snag a young prospect. I think signing a striker for the likely departure of Fredy Montero this summer would be a wise move first though. Adding some depth in the midfield wouldn’t be a mad move either.
Toronto FC (picks 24, 53):
Weird to think that Mo Johnston only has two picks to work with this year. We know they’d love to find a way to move up and Teal Bunbury but I just don’t see that being possible. Filing some needs in the midfield are possibly but the first pick, no matter when it is has to be a center back.