No, the MLS SuperDraft doesn't come with the sort of hype that surrounds the NFL or NBA version. Heck, even the MLB and NHL drafts are fully televised. With Europe in the midst of the January transfer window, the MLS SuperDraft even gets overshadowed by its own sport.
But hey, we’re not going to ignore it here, folks. If you were looking for ways to watch the event, wanted to see the draft order or even were hoping to brush up on a few of the top prospects, we’ve got you covered.
No, Andrew Farrell may never move the needle as much as, say, Andrew Luck, but he could make Toronto FC fans very happy if he ends up being the top pick. That’s all that really matters, right?
Where: Indianapolis, Ind.
When: Thursday, Jan. 17 at noon ET
Watch: OK, this is where things get interesting. You can watch the very first pick live on the ESPN SportsCenter at noon ET. After that, it's time to stream—the rest of the draft will be broadcast on ESPN3, ESPNFC, MLSsoccer.com and YouTube, as well as individual team sites.
Got all that? If not, all the viewing information you need can be found here.
|4||New England Revolution|
|5||Vancouver Whitecaps FC|
|10||Vancouver Whitecaps FC|
|12||Real Salt Lake|
|14||Sporting Kansas City|
|15||San Jose Earthquakes|
|16||Seattle Sounders FC|
|19||Los Angeles Galaxy|
Louisville defender Andrew Farrell has been considered the favorite to be selected first overall by Toronto FC, though that's not guaranteed.
However, one thing that is a sure thing is that attacking midfielder Carlos Alvarez from UConn is likely to be selected second overall (if he's available) by Chivas USA. How do I know?
Oh, I suppose it's because José Luis Sánchez Solá, or "El Chelís" as he's known, said as much (via Simon Borg of MLSSoccer.com):
In a Monday afternoon interview with FutbolMLS.com at the MLS coaches' hotel here, Chelís revealed the name of the player he will select with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft on Thursday (noon ET, MLSsoccer.com, ESPN3.com, YouTube.com).
"Alvarez," he said when asked which player he was planning to take with Chivas USA's only selection in the SuperDraft. The last name belongs to the 2012 Big East Midfielder of the Year, Carlos Alvarez.
There you have it, folks.
Furman center-back Walker Zimmerman was ranked as FOX Soccer's top prospect, and the site also had forward Jason Johnson from Virginia Commonwealth ranked ahead of Farrell.
Notre Dame's Ryan Finley (forward) and Dillon Powers (midfielder) are also highly regarded, as is Botson College midfielder Kyle Bekker and North Carolina midfielder Mikey Lopez.
With two of the first three picks, Toronto FC will have its pick of the prospect litter. There may not be a consensus top selection, but there are plenty of talented players to go around.