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MLS Draft 2010

2010 MLS Draft Commentary

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Welcome to the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The draft is just 15 minutes away and Don Garber is addressing the crowd.

Sorry about the late start, but some technical difficulties have forced a computer change. Excitement is building as the draft nears.

I'll be providing commentary below. Feel free to share your thoughts on during and after the draft in the comments section. Enjoy the draft.

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6:2pm- Defender Kris Banghart is the 2010 Mr. Irrelevant, going to RSL. That concludes the 2010 Draft — thanks for reading, and be sure to check out tomorrow's MLS Draft content.

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6:28pm- Real Salt Lake is up, and hold the draft's last pick. The four hour marathon is almost over.

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6:27pm- The Crew take Shaun Francis from Lindsey Wilson.

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6:25pm- Columbus has piled up three fourth round picks at the tail end. It's them and Real Salt Lake, and we're finished here.

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6:24pm- Yanez scored the long shot from the combine. Dynamo take Euan Holden, Stuart Holden's brother (who will probably sign in Europe).

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6:20pm- If posts suddenly turn to gibberish, it's because my eyes can barely see the screen. Columbus take two — Kwaku Nyamekye from Harvard and Othaniel Yanez out of Louisville. Three more!

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6:20pm- Jamel Wallace is picked up by Seattle. Five more to go.

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6:19pm- The draft lasted long enough they've shown a Clint Dempsey highlight video twice. Yes, there are a couple of fans left. Just barely.

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6:18pm- Midfielder Chris Ross gets nabbed by Chivas. Be honest — anyone left?

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6:16pm- New England goes with Adam Welch from Lehigh University. Seven picks left.

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6:15pm- Chris Cutshaw is Colorado's pick with the 56th selection.

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6:12pm- Jordan Graye, a defender from North Carolina becomes D.C. United's only pick of the day.

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6:10pm- FC Dallas select Dane Saintus from SMU. Anyone shocked? Hyndman loves his SMU players.

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6:08pm- Toronto grabs Nane Joseph from ODU with 53.

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6:05pm- Ofori Sarkodie, a defender from Indiana goes to Kansas City with the 52nd pick.

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6:01pm- Chicago Fire take Johnson. Still here, and thankful to the Fire for his chance. A good pick this late, as he'll have that GA contract and a few years to develop behind Jon Busch.

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5:58pm- Red Bulls last pick of the day: Irving Garcia, midfielder from UC-Irvine.

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5:54pm- What's Nowak's last move of the day? They go with Brian Perk from UCLA. For those keeping score that's three UCLA players heading to Philly today. Perk mentions that "it took awhile" but he finally got picked up.

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5:52pm- Who might be a fourth round steal? Hard to know at this point, but Johnson's GA contract means that he'll likely go. Union are now up — time to finish off the team's first draft.

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5:50pm- Into the fourth round we go. As I've said before, Johnson and Perk are still out there. Anyone going to pick up the two keepers?

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5:48pm- Kentucky defender Jason Griffiths goes to New England in the last pick in the third round. Hopefully, timeouts at this point are outlawed. One round left.

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5:46pm- Alecko Eskandarian's Twitter: "Breaking news! I haven't been traded today!" Not yet, anyways. Who knows what Arena has up his sleeves.

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5:45pm- Chivas gets Ben Zemanski, a midfielder from Akron. One pick left in the third round.

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5:42pm- Boston University's Samuel Appiah is Houston's second pick of the day. If anyone is still here let me know in the comments section.

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5:39pm- Steven Kinney, a defender from Elon goes to Chicago at 45.

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5:38pm- D.C. United is the only team who hasn't picked yet. Ben Olsen looks like he wishes he was still a player.

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5:37pm- Eric Alexander from Indiana goes to FC Dallas. For those who have seen the highlights, he's one of the combine goal scorers.

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5:35pm- Toward the end of the third round and no goalies have gone — a reflection of a rather weak draft class. Sean Johnson and Brian Perk remain available.

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5:33pm- Houston goes with David Walker from UCSB. FC Dallas on the clock.

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5:29pm- They go with Isaac Kissi from the University of Dayton. Houston Dynamo is on the clock for their first pick of the day.

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5:25pm- Chivas is taking a five minute timeout.

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5:23pm- Midfielder Mauro Fuzetti from Michigan gets picked up by Kansas City.

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5:20pm- Chad Borak from the Cal State Northridge. No response from the crowd.

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5:15pm- Another Los Angeles and Real Salt Lake trade. LA gave up their third round pick to RSL in exchange for another pick from 2011 and Chris Schuler went to RSL.

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5:11pm- Jason Yeisley from FC Dallas is the pick. Not in attendance.

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5:09pm- FC Dallas is next on the clock. Union supporters are lingering, but the fans have mostly filtered out already.

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5:07pm- Combine goalscorer Andrew Hoxie (who is in attendance) gets picked up by the Earthquakes in the third round.

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5:04pm- Wizards are up next. They go with defender Nick Cardenas from San Diego St. Sean Johnson is still in the building.

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5:02pm- Chivas USA takes University of Maryland defender Kevin Tangney.

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4:58pm- New York select Conor Chin from the University of San Francisco.

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4:55pm- Philadelphia add Kyle Nakazawa with the first pick of the third round. Their solid draft continues.

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4:53pm- United fans have already left back to D.C. without getting to see a United selection thanks to the trade that brought Troy Perkins back to D.C.

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4:48pm- Justin Davis of New Mexico is Real Salt Lake's second round selection. That's the last pick of the round — five minute break between rounds.

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4:48pm- Best draft at this point has to be Philadelphia. Of course, that's a bit easier to pull off with three first rounders and the first pick of the second round.

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4:45pm- Zak Boggs from South Florida is the Revolution's pick. After it was the school was announced, everyone assumed Sean Johnson.

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4:41pm- San Jose selects midfielder Steve Beitashour, first non-combine player to go in the draft.

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4:39pm- Chicago goes with Drew Yates from Maryland. Sean Johnson is the last Generation adidas player still on the board.

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4:35pm- Justin Morrow from Notre Dame goes next to the San Jose Earthquakes.  Morrow joins his old college teammate Michael Thomas in San Jose.

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4:30pm- It's a lot quieter here in the Convention Center. Fans are still around, but as the draft heads into the second round, not much noise. Seattle goes with Mike Seamon from Villanova — a local kid.

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4:27pm- Kwame Watson-Siriboe goes to Chicago with the 26th pick.

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4:20pm- Chicago takes a five minute timeout.

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4:17pm- My predictions go out the window once again. Defender Seth Sinovic goes to the Revolution. Fire are now on the clock.

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4:15pm- New England picks next. No one has picked a goalie yet, perhaps with the loss of Knighton and Reis' injury we'll see the Revolution take one.

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4:14pm- Toronto FC take Zach Herold from the U-17 US team.

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4:13pm- Nope. It's midfielder Ross LaBauex from UVA.

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4:09pm- Colorado with a second pick coming shortly. Defensive help perhaps?

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4:06pm- Rapids go with Andre Akpan from Harvard.

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4:04pm- Colorado picks back-to-back for their first picks of the day.

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4:03pm- They settle for Wiedeman.

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4:00pm- FC Dallas is on the clock. Might they go with a forward? Akpan and Wiedeman are still up.

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3:56pm- Kansas City goes with Korede Aiyegbusi from North Carolina St.

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3:51pm- Michael Thomas of Notre Dame goes to San Jose. Thomas scored that free kick at the combine.

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3:49pm- San Jose is on the clock. Hopefully the second round picks up a bit more. Andrew Wiedeman and Andre Akpan are two big names available. Sean Johnson and Brian Perk, both keepers are also available.

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3:47pm- New York go with Tim Ream from St. Louis with the 18th pick.

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3:45pm- Philly has had quite a draft. Stahl is a more unusual story. He's 24, a bit older than most (or all) rookies and could contribute immediately, adding bit to Philly's midfield.

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3:40pm- Union select Toni Stahl from the University of Connecticut. It's a great pick — his international status likely pulled him into the second round. He says a few words in Finnish that sound quite strange.

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3:40pm- Philadelphia is on the clock for the second round.

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3:37pm- A five minute break between rounds is underway.

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3:31pm- A trade has gone down. LA have traded their 15th overall pick and third round pick in the 2011 draft to Real Salt Lake for Clint Mathis. From the resulting picks, Real selects Colin Warner. LA select Michael Stevens from UCLA.

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3:25pm- The Galaxy use their timeout.

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3:23pm- Just Los Angeles and Real Salt Lake left in the first round. Toni Stahl is still out there, as is Andre Akpan. Stahl's international status likely made him slip.

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3:21pm- Wake Forest with four picks in the first round this far. Clearly the premier pro-producing university of late.

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3:20pm- Red Bulls keep the pick, go with Austin da Luz. Decent pick, projected as a late first rounder.

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3:18pm- What's going to happen with the 14th pick? Hard to say at this point. Red Bulls may be looking to deal.

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3:16pm- Spotted on the floor: Samuel Dalembert. He's really tall.

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3:15pm- Red Bulls use their timeout.

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3:11pm- New York is now on the clock. Bone is off the table, and will certainly be out for revenge once the season starts against those teams who passed on him.

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3:09pm- Chicago goes with Corben Bone. His slight drop ends as he'll play for the Fire (unless they look to deal him).

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3:05pm- After all that Bright Dike becomes a first round pick. He's not in attendance today. Where's Bone going to end up? Chicago might very well take him or entertain deals for their pick. If he drops one more spot, New York would get a shot at him.

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3:03pm- With Bone still on the table, Columbus is likely trying to work out a deal with a club who wants to jump up to snag the Wake Forest midfielder.

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3:00pm- The Columbus Crew have used their timeout. Five extra minutes. Trade talk afoot?

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2:57pm- Five picks left in the first round, Columbus is on the clock. Bone is consensus pick for best player available, but Columbus already has picked a midfielder today.

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2:56pm- The Sounders go with David Estrada, who isn't here today. Surprise pick of the day? Has to be, with players like Corben Bone and Andre Akpan still available.

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2:55pm- Seattle is up next. According to the Red Bull fans, they're just a suburb of Canada.

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2:50pm- Chivas USA up next and get Blair Gaven from Akron.

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2:48pm- Zach Schilawski goes to Revolution, then forgets who picks him by thanking the Columbus Crew. Oops.

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2:44pm- New England with the next pick. Who's coming off the board to the Revolution?

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2:43pm- Red Bull fans do their best to make it clear they don't like this pick.

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2:40pm- Dilly Duka goes to Columbus with the eighth pick.

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2:40pm- Philadelphia has landed three talented (but very young) players. It might take them awhile to contribute regularly, but they all have tremendous potential.

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2:38pm- Columbus is next on the clock. Will McInerney succeed as a pro?

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2:36pm- It's neither. Jack McInerney goes to Philadelphia. Union stocking young talent.

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2:32pm- Philly with one more pick. Is Corben Bone on his way too? Or will Duka join the Union?

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2:29pm- Philadelphia with their second pick in the first round go with Amobi Okugo out of UCLA. A young talent who will help the Union in the their first year.

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2:27pm- Supporters are keeping things lively between picks. Dallas goes with Zach Loyd from UNC. Union are back on the clock.

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2:24pm- Who is going to Dallas?

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2:20pm- Kansas City goes with Forward Teal Bunbury from Akron. 

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2:15pm- And Opara is heading out West to San Jose.

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2:10pm- Tony Tchani goes to the Red Bulls at number two.

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2:05pm- Mwanga with a nice acceptance speech. Today is the best day of his life, and he thanks his family, Union fans and Coach Nowak for the opportunity.

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2:05pm- First pick from the Union is Danny Mwanga as expected. Union already have a cheer for him, so that's good. Red Bulls are up next.

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2:00pm- Union are now on the clock — for real. Adjusting to a new computer, again for the funky fonts.

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1:56pm- Getting loud in the ballroom as the Sons of Ben dominate the supporters' cheers.

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1:54pm- The Union are now on the clock.

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1:52pm- Don Garber is wrapping up his speech. Forgive the lateness of the post.

256 comments
  • Pete from Chicago

    WTF right I recorded it too and the program ended with Rob Stone halfway into a sentence and then there’s the Scott Van Pelt Show. I tell ya no respect for soccer on ESPN.

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  • elmatador

    Very Amazing Job everyone in SBI, you rock! great coverage….Congratulations!!! and thank you

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  • marin

    there is no way that some of these guys picked are betterthan nelson becerra and mike pezza. some of the players are absulte garbage, their athletes not soccer players. this is one of the reasons MLS struggles to find viewership, cause all you see is running and pressing and little ability on the ball…

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