How the Top 6 MLS Draftees Have Fared in the Early Season
The Major League Soccer season is well underway. Dreams have been made, hearts have been crushed and the Chicago Fire have yet to realize that scoring goals leads to points.
A fantastic crop of youth talent has entered the league, and with it, teams have been able to capitalize on early results.
The following is a look into how the top six MLS Superdraft picks have performed in the first five weeks of the season.
Andrew Farrell has been absolutely outstanding for the New England Revolution so far this season.
His on-ball skills are fantastic. Composed and collected, Farrell has been instrumental in helping make the New England defense the most effective in Major League Soccer.
In his most recent match against FC Dallas, the Kentucky native showed why he was rated so highly coming out of Louisville.
His big frame and quick feet are tremendous attributes. Going forward there are times WHEN he appears to be an attacking player, but the right-back's defensive abilities are equally, if not more impressive.
The Revolution will feel lucky to have grabbed Farrell in this past MLS Superdraft. Don't be surprised if he goes on to do great things, both at club and international level.
Carlos Alvarez has already endeared himself to the Chivas USA faithful by helping salvage a well-deserved point against SuperClasico rivals LA Galaxy earlier this season.
Alvarez has impressed in a Chivas side that have shown more passion in 90 minutes than the Chicago Fire have all season.
The midfielder has started twice for Chivas but came off the bench when scoring his well-taken goal against the Galaxy.
After coming on after halftime, Alvarez immediately began to bother the Galaxy, who enjoyed a man advantage for most of the match.
Alvarez's speed and engine bode well for him. A quick flank-attacker, he could become a key contributor to Chivas in years to come.
Kyle Bekker has not broken into the Toronto FC team as fast as he might have hoped, but the Boston College graduate has still been able to contribute to the Reds.
The native Canadian has started just once but has managed to make three total appearances. After a decorated college career, Toronto expects big things from the newly acquired midfielder.
Toronto has started this season securing four of a possible 16 points. After finishing with the worst point total in the MLS last season, the Reds are well on their way to improving.
Although Bekker has not broken into the team yet, he is getting chances to contribute. If he can manage to adapt to the professional game, he will quickly become a star in the league.
The first of Vancouver's first-round draft picks, Kekuta Manneh, has managed just 66 minutes of pitch time this season, but breaking through as a professional striker is not easy.
Manneh, who was featured in an extensive profile in Overlap Magazine, is a raw talent; he has not yet developed into a polished product that will give opposing teams a cause for headache.
His speed and agility are great attributes that will help him create a name for himself, but he still lacks the instinct and experience needed to be a top attacker in professional football.
Luckily, he joins a top team, with plenty of top-class colleagues to gain insight from. Manneh will be one to watch for a breakout sophomore season.
The second of the Whitecaps' first-round draft picks, Eric Hurtado, has managed to get on the field much more than Manneh.
Hurtado, a graduate of Santa Clara University, has played in all four of the Whitecaps' games this season. Of those matches he started just one and has managed 131 minutes total.
He also notched an assist and set up Darren Mattocks' goal in the Whitecaps' 2-1 loss to the Houston Dynamo.
Hurtado's chances in the side have been abundant. His assist and college career show that he's in much more of a position to transition into the professional game than his freshman teammate.
Already a first-team selection, Deshorn Brown has been fantastic for the Colorado Rapids in 2013.
Starting in each Rapids game this season, Brown was able to score a goal and grab an assist within his first four matches. He's also put an impressive seven shots on goal this season.
Perhaps a benefit in an odd way, the fact that Brown is playing with a team short on talent, his situation guarantees him playing time.
He will have to adjust quickly to the league, but once he does, early experience such as this will lay priceless foundations, upon which his future can be built.