The New England Revolution provided the first surprise of the 2013 MLS SuperDraft by making a trade with Toronto FC on Wednesday to acquire the top pick. It sets the tone for what should be an exciting draft day around the league.
This season's class is highlighted by defenders Andrew Farrell and Walker Zimmerman along with midfielder Carlos Alvarez. All three players possess terrific upside and should hear their names called early in the draft.
The draft is now complete. Below are the full results.
Round 1 Results
|1||New England Revolution||Andrew Farrell||Defender|
|2||Chivas USA||Carlos Alvarez||Midfielder|
|3||Toronto FC||Kyle Bekker||Midfielder|
|4||Vancouver Whitecaps FC ||Kekuta Manneh||Forward|
|5||Vancouver Whitecaps FC ||Erik Hurtado||Forward
|6||Colorado Rapids||Deshorn Brown||Forward|
|7||FC Dallas||Walker Zimmerman||Defender
|8||Montreal Impact||Blake Smith||Midfielder|
|9||Columbus Crew||Ryan Finley||Forward
|10||Seattle Sounders FC ||Eriq Zavaleta||Forward|
|11||Colorado Rapids||Dillon Powers||Midfielder|
|12||Real Salt Lake||John Stertzer||Midfielder|
|13||Houston Dynamo||Jason Johnson||Forward|
|14||Sporting Kansas City||Mikey Lopez||Midfielder|
|15||San Jose Earthquakes||Tommy Muller||Defender|
|16||Toronto FC ||Emery Welshman||Forward|
|17||D.C. United||Taylor Kemp||Defender|
|18||Montreal Impact||Fernando Monge||Midfielder|
|19||Los Angeles Galaxy||Charlie Rugg||Forward|
Round 2 Results
|20||FC Dallas||Ryan Hollingshead||Midfielder|
|21||New England Revolution||Donnie Smith||Midfielder|
|22||New York Red Bulls||Ian Christianson||Midfielder|
|23||New England Revolution||Luke Spencer||Forward|
|24||Los Angeles Galaxy||Kofi Opare||Defender
|25||Colorado Rapids||Kory Kindle||Defender|
|26||Philadelphia Union||Don Anding||Forward|
|27||Montreal Impact||Paolo Delpiccolo||Midfielder|
|28||Columbus Crew||Drew Beckie||Defender
|29||Real Salt Lake ||Devon Sandoval||Forward|
|30||Chicago Fire||Yazid Atouba||Forward|
|31||Philadelphia Union ||Stephen Okai||Midfielder|
|32||Montreal Impact||Brad Stuver||Goalkeeper|
|33||San Jose Earthquakes||Dan Delgado||Midfielder|
|34||Portland Timbers||Dylan Tucker-Gangnes||Defender|
|35||Seattle Sounders FC||Dylan Remick||Defender
|36||New England Revolution||Luis Soffner||Goalkeeper|
|37||Houston Dynamo||Jimmy Nealis||Defender|
|38||Los Angeles Galaxy||Greg Cochrane||Defender|
Andrew Farrell (No. 1 to New England)
The Revolution back line needs an overhaul and they clearly felt Farrell was the player who could lead the resurgence. The Louisville product is a terrific athlete that can play multiple positions at the back, which will give the club flexibility.
There will be a lot of pressure on Farrell to come in and make an instant impact, making the transition a little more difficult. That said, his wide-ranging ability and success at the college level makes him the right fit for New England.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC take Kekuta Manneh (No. 4) and Erik Hurtado (No. 5)
Vancouver made a trade with Toronto to secure the No. 4 pick and proceeded to select Manneh. Although the forward is still very much a raw talent, his combination of tremendous pace and finishing ability make him one of the draft's most intriguing prospects.
The Whitecaps followed up with another striker in Hurtado. He's got the potential to become a prototypical attacking presence on the wing. The club is hoping Manneh and Hurtado eventually develop into an extremely dangerous one-two punch atop the formation.
Seattle Sounders FC trade up to select Eriq Zavaleta (No. 10)
Seattle made a deal with Toronto FC for the 10th pick, which Toronto had previously acquired from Vancouver. With it they took Zavaleta, who's served as both a defender and a striker, but should fill a forward role in the MLS.
The Sounders also brought Zavaleta's slide to an end. He was considered a potential top-five pick leading up to the draft, but had to wait a little longer to hear his name get called. That said, he's got the talent to eventually excel at the next level and should have a chip on his shoulder.
Los Angeles Galaxy pick Charlie Rugg (No. 19)
The two-time defending MLS Cup champions face a lot of questions after the departure of David Beckham, who finished up a successful Galaxy run with another title, and continued uncertainty about the future of Landon Donovan.
They opted to select Rugg with the final pick of Round 1. The powerful forward has a long way to go in terms of technical skill, but his physical tools made him well worth a flier at No. 19. He should learn a lot from veteran striker Robbie Keane.
Ian Christianson (No. 22) goes to the New York Red Bulls
The Red Bulls didn't have a pick in the opening round, but used the third pick of the second to take Christianson. He's midfielder from Georgetown with playmaking upside that's also excelled tracking back to help the back line.
Even though Christianson doesn't possess the same type of potential that was seen throughout the first round, he's a well-rounded player that should be able to help New York sooner rather than later. It's a safe, smart pick by the Red Bulls.