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2014 MLS draft in Philadelphia


Greetings from Philadelphia Convention Center, venue for the 2014 Major League Soccer draft.

Coverage begins at noon ET on ESPNews, WatchESPN,

The first two rounds are today, the last two rounds next Tuesday via conference call.

This blog post will update throughout the day … Refresh for new picks, trades and other news … 


1. Philadelphia Union (from D.C.): Connecticut GK Andre Blake

2. D.C. United (from Philadelphia): California D Steve Birnbaum

United swapped positions with Philly and received allocation money. Vancouver and Dallas also made offers for the No. 1 pick. In the end, DCU gets the player it wanted all along and receives financial considerations.

3. Vancouver Whitecaps: California D Christian Dean

4. New England Revolution: Georgetown MF-F Steve Neumann

5. Montreal Impact (from FC Dallas): Creighton D Eric Miller

Montreal relinquished the No. 10 pick to move up

6. FC Dallas (from Philadelphia): Colorado School of Mines F Tesho Akindele

Believe it or not, NOT the first player from CSM to play in MLS (Craig Thompson DCU ’08)

7. Vancouver Whitecaps: Jamaican under-20 national team MF Andre Lewis

8. Seattle Sounders: Hartford D Damion Lowe

Son of former MLS Kansas City and Jamaican national team forward

9. San Jose Earthquakes: Stanford MF J.J. Koval

10. Toronto FC (from Philadelphia): Xavier D Nick Hagglund

11. New England Revolution (from Colorado): Maryland F Patrick Mullins

Expected to go in the top 6, possibly No. 1. Ends up with Hoyas’ Neumann in Foxborough

12. Colorado Rapids (from New England): Louisville MF Marlon Hairston

13. Chicago Fire: UC Irvine D Marco Franco

14. Columbus Crew: South Florida D Ben Sweat

15. Philadelphia Union (from Toronto): Coastal Carolina MF Pedro Ribeiro

16. Houston Dynamo: Wisconsin D A.J. Cochran

17. Portland Timbers: Maryland F Schillo Tshuma

Episcopal High graduate left College Park after two seasons

18. Real Salt Lake: California D Ryan Neil

19. Colorado Rapids (from New England): Notre Dame D Grant van de Casteele

For second-round selections, click here.

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.
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