The Portland Timbers made use of their three late picks today in rounds three and four of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft, selecting two midfielders and a forward. It will be a long shot for any of these players to make the Timbers' squad, but there is some undeniable talent on offer, with all three players being important contributors for their college sides.
Pick No. 39: George Fochive
Fochive, 21, played as a defensive midfielder for the University of Connecticut, helping the Huskies to a top ten ranking this year. Fochive played in front of the SuperDraft's top pick, Andre Blake, starting every game of the 2013 season. At only 5'9", Fochive is not a physically imposing player, but he does appear to be very athletic and can effectively challenge balls in the air. He also appears to have the versatility to play along the back line and could be a potential project if the Timbers attempt to convert him into a fullback.
Check out his highlight reel here.
Pick No. 71: Victor Chavez
A pure goal-scoring forward, Chavez, 21, chipped in 27 goals for the UCLA Bruins over his four years with the team, including eight goals and seven assists in his senior campaign. A solid contributor at forward, particularly in the air, Chavez could be an understudy to Frederic Piquionne as the Timbers seek to diversify their attacking options, although his skill set seems more in line with Ryan Johnson's: a hard-working forward who can hold the ball up, but who really thrives when facing the goal.
Check out Chavez's aerial chops here.
Pick No. 73: Nikita Kotlov
Another potential right back project, Kotlov, 22, played as an outside midfielder for Indiana University (Caleb Porter's alma mater). A second-team All-Big 10 selection in 2012 and 2013, Kotlov was his team's leading scorer this year and has been a dangerous presence out wide for Indiana over the last four years. Kotlov's biggest moment in his college career was his game winning goal in the 2012 NCAA Final
Check out Kotlov's big moment here.