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MLS SuperDraft 2016: Complete Round-by-Round Results and Twitter Reaction

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJanuary 14, 2016

Jan 14, 2016; Baltimore, MD, USA; Jack Harrison speaks the the media after being selected number one overall by the Chicago Fire, then traded to New York City FC during the 2016 MLS SuperDraft at Baltimore Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The first two rounds of the MLS SuperDraft kicked off on Thursday afternoon, highlighted by a flurry of trades and shock moves from the various clubs across the league. 

Here are the full results of the opening rounds:   

2016 MLS SuperDraft Results
PickTeamPlayerPositionAffiliation
1Chicago FireJack HarrisonMidfielderWake Forest
2Philadelphia UnionJoshua YaroDefenderGeorgetown
3Philadelphia UnionKeegan RosenberryDefenderGeorgetown
4Chicago FireBrandon VincentDefenderStanford
5Real Salt LakeOmar HolnessMidfielderNorth Carolina
6Philadelphia UnionFabian HerbersMidfielderCreighton
7Orlando City SCRichie LaryeaMidfielderAkron
8San Jose EarthquakesAndrew TarbellGoalkeeperClemson
9Toronto FCTsubasa EndohMidfielderMaryland
10New England RevolutionJordan McCraryDefenderNorth Carolina
11D.C. UnitedJulian BuescherMidfielderSyracuse
12Chicago FireJonathan CampbellDefenderNorth Carolina
13Orlando City SCHadji BarryForwardUCF
14Montreal ImpactKyle FisherDefenderClemson
15Seattle Sounders FCEmmanuel AppiahMidfielderCincinnati
16Vancouver Whitecaps FCCole SeilerDefenderGeorgetown
17FC DallasRyan HermanGoalkeeperWashington
18New York Red BullsJustin BilyeuDefenderSouthern Illinois Univ. Edwardsville
19Columbus Crew SCRodrigo SaraviaMidfielderFlorida Gulf Coast
20Portland TimbersBen PolkForwardSyracuse
Round 2
21Columbus Crew SCChase MinterMidfielderCal Poly
22Chicago FireAlex MorrellForwardNorth Florida Ospreys
23Philadelphia UnionTaylor WashingtonDefenderGeorge Mason Patriots
24Montreal ImpactMichael SalazarForwardUC Riverside Highlanders
25Real Salt LakeMax LachoweckiDefenderNotre Dame Fighting Irish
26Houston DynamoIvan MagalhaesDefenderMaryland Terrapins
27Seattle Sounders FCTony AlfaroDefenderCal State Dominguez Hills Toros
28San Jose EarthquakesPatrick HodanMidfielderNotre Dame Fighting Irish
29Vancouver Whitecaps FCChristopher HellmannForwardLynn Fighting Knights
30New England RevolutionMichael GambleForwardWake Forest
31Columbus Crew SCKyle ParkerForwardUNC Charlotte
32D.C. UnitedPaul ClowesMidfielderClemson Tigers
33Chicago FireTimo PitterMidfielderCreighton
34Montreal ImpactEric VersoMidfielderStanford
35Seattle Sounders FCZach MathersMidfielderDuke
36Vancouver Whitecaps FCThomas SannerForwardPrinceton
37FC DallasDennis CastilloDefenderVCU
38New York Red BullsZach CarrollDefenderMichigan State
39Montreal ImpactKeegan SmithForwardSan Diego
40Portland TimbersNeco BrettForwardRobert Morris
41Columbus Crew SCMarshall HollingsworthForwardWheaton
Source: MLS

It didn't take long for things to get crazy at the SuperDraft. Before the draft even began, the Philadelphia Union announced they'd acquired the second overall pick from the Colorado Rapids in exchange for general allocation money.

Things only got busier from there. The Chicago Fire selected Wake Forest midfielder Jack Harrison with the top overall pick but quickly shifted him to New York City FC for the No. 4 overall pick and allocation money.

It was certainly a whirlwind period of time for Harrison, and Leander Schaerlaeckens of Yahoo Sports sympathized with the young man:

Leander Schaerlaeckens @LeanderAlphabet

I feel for Jack Harrison. Even well-traveled veterans tend not to find out about their trades in the middle of a pack of cameras and press.

That set up the dream scenario for the Philadelphia Union, which desperately needed to upgrade their defense and were able to do so at No. 2 with the player many people felt was the top talent in the draft, Joshua Yaro, who was excited after the pick:

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Joshua Yaro @JoshYaro

Ecstatic to start my career in @PhilaUnion! Can't wait to get started! https://t.co/hSufuISW33

Kevin Kinkead of CBS Philly envisions him pairing nicely with Richie Marquez:

Kevin Kinkead @Kevin_Kinkead

Good complement. Richie is a bigger ball winner. Yaro smaller, can sweep up and distribute well. https://t.co/DYQlxS0vzA

That move would also allow Maurice Edu to slide back into a defensive midfielder role, his more natural position. Yaro was a no-brainer selection for the Union and a major, major win for the club.

The Union surprised some folks with their third pick, however, passing up left-back Brandon Vincent to instead select right-back Keegan Rosenberry. Ives Galarcep of SBISoccer.com explained the pick:

Ives Galarcep @SoccerByIves

At No. 3, the Union take Keegan Rosenberry. A bit of a surprise, but not really given how highly they rate him.

Ives Galarcep @SoccerByIves

The Union hated not landing Rosenberry via what was a legitimate Homegrown Player claim, but didn't want to risk losing out on him.

The Fire then took Vincent, and Real Salt Lake took Omar Holness. That left the Union to improve their ranks at forward with Fabian Herbers, who fits questionably into the 4-3-3 system the team runs and may be better off playing a traditional forward, as he likes to run between the channels and get behind defenders.

He'll bring some sizzle to the club, however. Creighton Soccer passed along his highlight reel:

Creighton Men’s Soccer @creightonmsoc

Take a look at these highlights by Fabian Herbers – the 6th overall pick in the 2016 @MLS SuperDraft by @PhilaUnion! https://t.co/fKIqhIOp6n

Things got interesting later in the first round, as the Fire remained busy, acquiring the Nos. 12 and 22 picks from the Colorado Rapids in exchange for the Nos. 15 and 33 picks and the rights to the No. 1 allocation ranking position. The Fire moved to the second allocation ranking with the move.

With the move, the Rapids put themselves in position to nab Alejandro Bedoya, according to Taylor Twellman of ESPN:

Taylor Twellman @TaylorTwellman

Closing in is a little strong but its Colorado trying to get all their ducks in the row in case he comes back. https://t.co/MtOoh159GN

That move punctuated what was a crazy, exciting and unexpected flurry of moves early in the draft. The Philadelphia Union looked like the early winners in the draft, nabbing three players who could make an immediate impact for the club. Meanwhile, NYCFC got its man, and the Fire bolstered their defense with their wheeling and dealing.

The third and fourth rounds of the draft will be completed via conference call on Jan. 19.

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