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|
|1||Chicago Fire||Jack Harrison||Midfielder||Wake Forest|
|2||Philadelphia Union||Joshua Yaro||Defender||Georgetown|
|3||Philadelphia Union||Keegan Rosenberry||Defender||Georgetown|
|4||Chicago Fire||Brandon Vincent||Defender||Stanford|
|5||Real Salt Lake||Omar Holness||Midfielder||North Carolina|
|6||Philadelphia Union||Fabian Herbers||Midfielder||Creighton|
|7||Orlando City SC||Richie Laryea||Midfielder||Akron|
|8||San Jose Earthquakes||Andrew Tarbell||Goalkeeper||Clemson|
|9||Toronto FC||Tsubasa Endoh||Midfielder||Maryland|
|10||New England Revolution||Jordan McCrary||Defender||North Carolina|
|11||D.C. United||Julian Buescher||Midfielder||Syracuse|
|12||Chicago Fire||Jonathan Campbell||Defender||North Carolina|
|13||Orlando City SC||Hadji Barry||Forward||UCF|
|14||Montreal Impact||Kyle Fisher||Defender||Clemson|
|15||Seattle Sounders FC||Emmanuel Appiah||Midfielder||Cincinnati|
|16||Vancouver Whitecaps FC||Cole Seiler||Defender||Georgetown|
|17||FC Dallas||Ryan Herman||Goalkeeper||Washington|
|18||New York Red Bulls||Justin Bilyeu||Defender||Southern Illinois Univ. Edwardsville|
|19||Columbus Crew SC||Rodrigo Saravia||Midfielder||Florida Gulf Coast|
|20||Portland Timbers||Ben Polk||Forward||Syracuse|
|21||Columbus Crew SC||Chase Minter||Midfielder||Cal Poly|
|22||Chicago Fire||Alex Morrell||Forward||North Florida Ospreys|
|23||Philadelphia Union||Taylor Washington||Defender||George Mason Patriots|
|24||Montreal Impact||Michael Salazar||Forward||UC Riverside Highlanders|
|25||Real Salt Lake||Max Lachowecki||Defender||Notre Dame Fighting Irish|
|26||Houston Dynamo||Ivan Magalhaes||Defender||Maryland Terrapins|
|27||Seattle Sounders FC||Tony Alfaro||Defender||Cal State Dominguez Hills Toros|
|28||San Jose Earthquakes||Patrick Hodan||Midfielder||Notre Dame Fighting Irish|
|29||Vancouver Whitecaps FC||Christopher Hellmann||Forward||Lynn Fighting Knights|
|30||New England Revolution||Michael Gamble||Forward||Wake Forest|
|31||Columbus Crew SC||Kyle Parker||Forward||UNC Charlotte|
|32||D.C. United||Paul Clowes||Midfielder||Clemson Tigers|
|33||Chicago Fire||Timo Pitter||Midfielder||Creighton|
|34||Montreal Impact||Eric Verso||Midfielder||Stanford|
|35||Seattle Sounders FC||Zach Mathers||Midfielder||Duke|
|36||Vancouver Whitecaps FC||Thomas Sanner||Forward||Princeton|
|37||FC Dallas||Dennis Castillo||Defender||VCU|
|38||New York Red Bulls||Zach Carroll||Defender||Michigan State|
|39||Montreal Impact||Keegan Smith||Forward||San Diego|
|40||Portland Timbers||Neco Brett||Forward||Robert Morris|
|41||Columbus Crew SC||Marshall Hollingsworth||Forward||Wheaton|
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:
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:
Kevin Kinkead of CBS Philly envisions him pairing nicely with Richie Marquez:
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:
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:
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:
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.