10superdraft

I’ve been bad about this in the past and for some reason I didn’t really think to even do this until this year. So here we go, another small project for the preseason to write up.

I’ve decided to go back through the last three SuperDrafts and re-grade each club. Today I am going to start with the 2010 SuperDraft. This was the draft that saw the Philadelphia Union in their first season draft Danny Mwanga first followed by a slew of other players.

I’ll stick to the same order that I graded in the original post. This year I went in ABC order to change things up, a way I’ll probably continue to do it for years to come. 

Philadelphia Union

Previous Grade: A+

New Grade: A

Players Drafted: Danny Mwanga, Jack McInerney, Amobi Okugo, Toni Stahl, and Kyle Nakazawa.

Thoughts: Obviously a lot has changed with this group as Stahl never panned out in MLS (though he has done very well in the NASL, I do think he’ll get another chance in MLS soon enough). Nakazawa has moved on as well but is still a young player. Then you have the big three from the first round. Mwanga is in Portland now, a move that was probably good for both sides. The other two, McInerney and Okugo are still there and are contributing. Overall, still a very strong draft from the Union in 2010.

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Chicago Fire

Previous Grade: A

New Grade: B-

Players Drafted: Corbon Bone, Kwame Watson-Siriboe, and Sean Johnson

Thoughts: Johnson turned out to be a nice late round steal for the Fire as he continues to develop. Bone hasn’t seen a ton of time on the field and I am sort of surprised he hasn’t moved on from the Fire at this point (he was just re-signed by the club this week). Watson-Siriboe didn’t pan out in Chicago but has since moved on to Salt Lake where he is projected to be a starter this year for Jason Kreis. Overall it was a good class but not as good as I had originally thought. Maybe if Bone actually begins to produce this grade will go back to it’s original listing.

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New York Red Bulls

Previous Grade: A

New Grade: D-

Players Drafted: Toni Tchani, Austin da Luz, Irving Garcia

Thoughts: The first of Hans Backe’s draft classes – all three never panned out for the Red Bulls. Tchani is still a work in progress in Columbus. Da Luz went on to D.C. but never really did much there. As for Garcia, he didn’t see hardly any time on the field for Hans Backe.

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San Jose Earthquakes

Previous Grade: A

New Grade: B

Players Drafted: Ike Opara, Justin Morrow, Steven Beitashour, Michael Thomas and Andrew Hoxie

Thoughts: It would have remained an A had Opara not got injured as much as he did and stayed with the Quakes. But Morrow and Beitashour keep the grade at a good level, seeing as how both were late second round steals for Frank Yallop. Thomas (later traded to SKC) and Hoxie never amounted to anything but I won’t hold that against them.

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FC Dallas

Previous Grade: B

New Grade: B

Players Drafted: Zach Loyd, Andrew Wiedeman

Thoughts: Still a good pick for Dallas as Loyd has been a mainstay with the first XI since his rookie year. Not to mention they got some allocation for trading away one of their first round draft picks to Philadelphia. Wiedeman had promise going into last season but injuries derailed any chances of him staying on with the club as they traded him away to Toronto for Julian de Guzman in the summer.

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Real Salt Lake

Previous Grade: B

New Grade: B

Drafted Players: Collen Warner, Chris Schuler, Kris Banghar

Thoughts: Schuler keeps their grade at a B for me. Warner was also a respectable player but got lost to the Montreal Impact in the 2011 Expansion Draft. I expect Schuler to play a big role with RSL this season.

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Sporting Kansas City

Previous Grade: C+

New Grade: C

Players Drafted: Teal Bunbury, Korede Aiyegbusi, Nick Cardenas, Ofori Sarkodie

Thoughts: Bunbury is the only player keeping this group at a C level for me. And to be fair that is being nice. The last three were defenders that hardly saw any time of the field. Only Aiyegbusi saw playing time and that wasn’t a lot over a three year span.

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LA Galaxy

Previous Grade: C+

New Grade: C

Players Drafted: Michael Stephens

Thoughts: A little lower C for me on the Galaxy. Stephens has been a solid player for them in a pinch when needed. His best was in his rookie year during the summer when the Galaxy were without Landon Donovan and a few others during the World Cup. Still a good depth player for the Galaxy.

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Seattle Sounders FC

Previous Grade: C

New Grade: C-

Players Drafted: David Estrada, Mike Seamon, Jamel Wallace

Thoughts: Both Seamon and Estrada have seen enough time on the field for me to keep this at a C level for the grade. Wallace never saw time with the club. Estrada had the chance to be a breakout player last year but injuries forced him out for most of the season. I still think he has a chance to bring this grade up in 2013 though.

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Colorado Rapids

Previous Grade: C

New Grade: D+

Players Drafted: Andre Akpan, Ross LaBauex, Chad Borak, Chris Cutshaw

Thoughts: Two saw playing time since then while two didn’t even make the roster. Akpan is really the only good player from this group and to be fair the club didn’t have a first round pick in 2010 so it is tough to be easy on them with this grade.

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Chivas USA

Previous Grade: C-

New Grade: D

Players Drafted: Blair Gavin, Kevin Tangney, Ben Zamenski, Isaac Kissi, and Chris Ross.

Thoughts: I wasn’t blown away at the time with their draft and looking back on it now it is even less impressive. Gavin was the only quality one of the bunch and he didn’t pan out for them and later got traded to New England and is now out of a job. I do think he’s still a good player that got caught up in too many coaching changes. Zamenski is another in that boat. Everyone else didn’t pan out or never played.

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New England Revolution

Previous Grade: C-

New Grade: D

Players Drafted: Zach Schilawski, Zac Boggs, Seth Sinovic, and Adam Welch.

Thoughts: I wasn’t impressed all that much at the time and it looks like I’m even less impressed today. Sinovic is the only quality one of the bunch and he got traded away before he got good. Sporting KC is reaping the benefit on that.

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Columbus Crew

Previous Grade: D

New Grade: C

Players Drafted: Dilly Duka, Bright Dike, Shaun Francis, Kwaku Nyamekye, Othaniel Yanez

Thoughts: Duka has been good but seems out of favor anymore in Columbus while Dike their other first round pick never saw any time with the Crew and was cut in preseason. Dike is now a fairly big figure in Portland. Francis saw plenty of time on the field in his first couple of years but injuries and what not got him cut. Still, with Duka and Francis this draft was slight better than I estimated back in 2010.

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Houston Dynamo

Previous Grade: D

New Grade: D

Players Drafted: Samuel Appiah, David Walker, Euan Holden

Thoughts: Hard to grade the Dynamo given how they didn’t draft until the third round. I really should have just given them an incomplete at the time and had been done with it. All three players didn’t do anything special in Houston and really on Appiah saw time on the field with them.

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Toronto FC

Previous Grade: F

New Grade: D

Players Drafted: Zach Harold, Nane Joseph

Thoughts: Only giving them a rise in grade due to Nane. He saw some time on the field before going to Colorado. Harold never played a second in MLS as he had health issues and retired shortly after being drafted. Tough break.

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D.C. United

Previous grade: Incomplete

New Grade: D

Player Drafted: Jordan Graye

Thoughts: I’ll give them a solid D for this pick, their only one in the forth round. Graye saw limited time in D.C. but that is better than most on this list.