The MLS draft begins at noon ET in Indianapolis. Two rounds. 38 selections. No TV. (Honestly, who is watching TV at noon on a Thursday?) ESPN3.com will provide live coverage so you can follow from your work station.
The New England Revolution shook up the proceedings Wednesday by acquiring the first overall pick from Toronto FC for the No. 4 choice and allocation money. TFC, under new management with Kevin Payne as general manager and president and Ryan Nelsen as head coach, will now select third and fourth.
While the league has hyped the event to no end, this isn’t the NBA or NFL draft; immediate impact players are acquired through trades and overseas signings, not the college draft. Nonetheless, it has yielded countless quality pros over the years, including Clint Dempsey, Carlos Bocanegra, Michael Bradley and Maurice Edu.
D.C. United will have to wait 17 slots before making its selection. The club is looking for cover in several areas and has offered few hints about its plans. United does not have a second-round pick. I will provide insight and club comments here after United makes its choice.
The draft order, updated as selections are announced:
1. New England Revolution: Louisville D Andrew Farrell
2. Chivas USA: Connecticut MF Carlos Alvarez
3. Toronto FC: Boston College MF Kyle Bekker
4. Vancouver Whitecaps: Austin Aztex (club) F Kekuta Manneh from Gambia
5. Vancouver Whitecaps: Santa Clara F Erik Hurtado
6. Colorado Rapids: Central Florida F Deshorn Brown
7. FC Dallas: Furman D Walker Zimmerman
8. Montreal Impact: New Mexico MF Blake Smith
9. Columbus Crew: Notre Dame F Ryan Finley
10. Seattle Sounders: Indiana F Eriq Zavaleta
11. Colorado Rapids: Notre Dame MF Dillon Powers
12. Real Salt Lake: Maryland MF John Stertzer
13. Houston Dynamo: Virginia Commonwealth F Jason Johnson
14. Sporting Kansas City: North Carolina MF Mikey Lopez
15. San Jose Earthquakes: Georgetown D Tommy Muller
16. Toronto FC: Oregon State F Emery Welshman
17. D.C. United: Maryland D Taylor Kemp
(Kemp, a Colorado native, is a natural left back with attacking instincts who played four seasons in College Park. Injuries limited him to 12 appearances in the Terrapins’ 24 games in 2012. He had sports hernia surgery in Germany in midseason and still finished fourth on the squad in assists with six. He was well-known on the U.S. scene throughout his college career and began drawing interest from MLS two years ago.)
18: Montreal Impact: UCLA MF Fernando Monge
19. Los Angeles Galaxy: Boston College F Charlie Rugg