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MLS Draft 2009

Post-Draft Q&A

Good afternoon folks. I am making my way back to New Jersey. For those of you who missed it I did my draft grades for ESPN.com. I can’t link now but you should be able to find it easily enough. Now, since I know a lot of you have draft-related questions I will do Post-Draft Q&A. Send your questions and I will answer select questions over the weekend. Fire away.

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  • Tim

    What do you think of DCU’s draft. Who specifically do you see playing a role in their season? Would you agree that most of them will see some playing time due to the extra games they will play because of the Champions league and the us open cup (if dc takes it as serious as they did last year)?

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  • J

    which players in the draft pool do you think have real potential to play for a national team, and of those, which could find themselves trying to decide between 2 or more countries?

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  • Kevin

    Why did DC wait so long for a keeper, when they could’ve gotten Stefan Frei?

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  • Heffe

    Ives,

    As an RSL fan, I would like your analysis on why RSL would pick Alexandre with the 12th pick? RSLIDAHO has it right.

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  • Scott A

    I noticed that ESPN changed the format of the front page on their website; now, the list of sports at the top goes NFL, MLB, NBA, Soccer, College Football & Basketball, then NHL, with several sports bumped. Will you accept that it was your MLS Draft coverage that caused ESPN to increase the visibility of the sport? Half-kidding…but good on ESPN

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  • Devon

    Are the Sounders still hoping to reach a deal with Jeff Parke and did that uncertainty influence their draft moves?

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  • Jeff

    Considering there is no supplemental draft this year, are there any easily indentifiable undrafted players this year that have been hurt by the change in draft structure? Like a diamond in the rough that is not going to be seen?

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  • Eric from Tucson

    Do you think its a good strategy to ignore the later round picks and go for the Europe bound players? Seems like they could develop in Europe, then return for some trading, allocating, or playing. Seems like a move for the future would pay off.

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  • Chris

    The Red Bulls certainly seem to be faster and more athletic than last year, however they still have the same holes – center midfield and defense. Do you see them winning more games than last year?

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  • Grant

    Great site, Ives. What will probably happen to the 12 guys that were entered in the draft and didn’t get drafted? I guess you could also add to that the 20-30 guys who were drafted but won’t make rosters. If you could give any info about Evan Bush in particular, I’d appreciate it.

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  • Ted

    Their is alot of talk about Freddy Montero signing with the Sounders from Deportivo Cali. Do you have any info on him?

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  • evan

    How important is the MLS Superdraft? In terms of improving a MLS team, how do MLS Managers value the draft or do Managers think signing foreign players, trading, etc. is a better means of improving their teams?

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  • Daniel

    Where’s Zack Simmons, goalkeeper from Massachusetts? Is he going to be signed by somebody as a free agent?

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  • Greg

    Can NYRB still sign Matt Kassel straight from the academy? Wouldn’t they want to do that rather than risk losing him in next year’s draft?

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  • ManU Fan

    How are Generation Adidas players determined? What’s the process? Is there a committee that look at college players? Who’s eligible for GA contracts?

    How did previous GA players do in MLS? How many failed to make an impact in MLS

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  • MinutemanFan

    Ives,

    Any idea what happened/what will happen with Zach Simmons now that the draft is over. I got to watch him the last few years while attending UMass and was very surprised when I saw he went undrafted. I had read he was one of the higher regarded keepers in the country leading up to the draft.

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  • Joamiq

    Ives, do you think the Red Bulls have adequately addressed their defensive depth concerns through the draft, or do you think they still have work to do? Do you think Traynor will be able to give them anything next year?

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