Despite the Portland Timbers not taking part in this year's mock draft, the rest of the SB Nation MLS gang had some interesting choices.
This year's MLS SuperDraft is a bit of a let down for Portland Timbers fans. The fact that the Timbers have zero picks in the draft makes this entire week, when usually everybody is buzzing with excitement over the impending event, kind of a drag. Don't get me wrong, I stand by Caleb Porter's decision. Clearly, as the former head coach of one of the best college soccer teams in the nation, he has some sort of idea of whether this year's draft was actually worth the investment.
Anyway, just because we didn't get to participate in the fun this year, doesn't mean the remaining SB Nation MLS editors didn't have a go. Here are their fist round picks:
1. Toronto FC - Andrew Farrell
2. Chivas USA - Carlos Alvarez
3. Toronto FC - Eriq Zavaleta
4. New England Revolution - Jason Johnson
5. Vancouver Whitecaps - Kyle Bekker
6. Colorado Rapids - DeShorn Brown
7. FC Dallas - John Stertzer
8. Montreal Impact - Ryan Finley
9. Columbus Crew - Mikey Lopez
10. Vancouver Whitecaps - Jonathan Mendoza
11. Chicago Fire - Walker Zimmerman
12. Real Salt Lake - Kekuta Manneh
13. Houston Dynamo - Dylan Tucker-Gangnes
14. Sporting KC - Dillon Powers
15. San Jose Earthquakes - Eric Schoenle
16. Seattle Sounders - Eric Hurtado
17. DC United - Jose Gomez
18. Montreal Impact - Tommy Muller
19. LA Galaxy - Donnie Smith
I think what hurts the most is Sounder at Heart picking Eric Hurtado. He's ours dammit! Seriously, though, the kid is Portland through and through. It's a shame that he wasn't able to be signed to a homegrown contract.
You can read about each team's reasoning as well as their second round picks on SB Nation Soccer, as well as a more in depth analysis on each team's blog. It can be quite interesting looking at the SuperDraft from the outside once again. It's almost like it's 2010 all over again!
Were there any surprises from our fellow SB Nation bloggers with regards to their first round picks?