What has become of the draft picks that we didn’t sign?
After being chosen with the Timber’s 2nd pick in the first round of the supplemental draft, Robby Lynch decided to go into coaching. He is currently coaching youth soccer teams with Carmel United Soccer Club.
Supplemental round 2 pick Raymundo Rezza briefly played for Mjondalen IF in the Adeccoligaen (Norway D2), then spent a few months with the Leones Negros in Ascenso MX (Mexico D2). He currently plays for the San Diego Soccers, a professional indoor soccer team in the PASL.
Supplemental round 3 pick Taylor Mueller joined the Washington Crossfire PDL (USA D4) team in 2011, then played for the Charleston Battery in USL Pro (USA D3) in 2012.
Brendan King was drafted by the Timbers in the 2nd round of the 2011 MLS Superdraft. He has written some interesting blog posts about his experiences before and after being drafted by the Timbers. The summary is, after he was released by the Timbers he went on a trial with the Shamrock Rovers, the best team in Ireland (the Irish league is pretty weak, and most teams are only semi-pro). King was not able to sign a contract with the Rovers, but he did manage to get on a roster of another Irish D1 team, the Bray Wanderers. After a short stint in Ireland, King got an offer from Alta, an Adeccoligaen (Norway D2) club. He spent the rest of the season with Alta, though he was unfortunately not able to save them from relegation.
Miguel Ibarra is the one that probably has the most potential to contribute to the Timbers (If I understand the roster rules correctly, which I’m not sure I do, the Timbers will remain the only MLS team that is able to sign him until the end of next year.). Although Ibarra fell to the 2nd round of the supplemental draft, many mock drafts had rated him significantly higher, some even predicting that he would be drafted before Brendan King. During preseason with the Timbers, he impressed a lot of people with his speed and technical skills, and he was apparently very close to being able to make the roster.
After failing to secure a roster spot on the Timbers, Ibarra joined the Minnesota Stars in the NASL(USA D2). He quickly became a starter for the Stars, initially playing as a winger. Later on in the season, Ibarra was moved to CAM and took on an important role as the team’s playmaker. Minnesota’s fans love him, and he was even mentioned as one of the 7 top young players in NASL that MLS should be looking at. Given his success in the past year and considering that he appears to be the sort of player who would be a better fit in Porter’s system than in Spencer’s, the Timbers should probably give him another look.
After being selected by Timber in the 3rd round of the Supplemental draft, goalkeeper Doug Herrick decided to join the dark side. He became the starting keeper of the Seattle Sounders U-23 PDL (USA D4) team.
Timbers 4th supplemental draft pick Logan McDaniel never really had a chance of making the Timbers roster, especially after he suffered a preseason hamstring injury. After healing, he rejoined the Des Moines Menace, a PDL (USA D4) team that McDaniel had played for before being drafted by the Timbers.