If you didn't happen to be one of the few people still in the ballroom at the St. Louis Convention Center when the fourth and final round of the 2009 MLS Draft wound down, you probably missed your chance to see one of the best speeches delivered in MLS draft history (or at the very least, the best draft speech this year).
The speech was delivered by Campbell University midfielder Richard Jata, the last undrafted player left in the ballroom. The Chicago Fire selected him with the 58th pick in the draft, the third to last pick. Rather than just take his Fire scarf and go home, Jata took to the podium and delivered a heartfelt speech that the people still in attendance at the draft definitely enjoyed.
The folks at MLSnet.com were kind enough to include the speech at the tail end of the latest episode of Extra Time. Here is the speech (skip to the 4:00 mark to watch the speech):
What did you think of the speech? Will you be rooting for Jata to make the Fire roster?
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