Whitecaps take Salgado No. 1, Akron produces 5 of first 8 picks in MLS Draft

Whitecaps take Salgado No. 1, Akron produces 5 of first 8 picks in MLS Draft

MLS Draft 2011

Whitecaps take Salgado No. 1, Akron produces 5 of first 8 picks in MLS Draft

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So much for all that Darlington Nagbe and Perry Kitchen talk.

The Vancouver Whitecaps opted to select Omar Salgado with the first overall pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft, choosing the 17-year-old United States U-20 prospect over the two Akron products who had been expected to vie for the top spot.

After Salgado, national champion Akron stole the show, producing a draft-record five first-rounders who were all taken in the first eight picks. Nagbe went second to Portland, Kitchen got scooped up by D.C. United with the third pick, Zarek Valentin went next to Chivas USA, Kofi Sarkodie was taken at No. 7 by Houston and Michael Nanchoff was selected with Vancouver's second first-round pick, No. 8 overall.

Other draft-day highlights included the Columbus Crew trading Steven Lenhart to San Jose for the Earthquakes' first-round pick and using it to select Justin Meram; The New York Red Bulls landing Corey Hertzog and John Rooney; Houston trading for a second first-round pick to take Will Bruin and the Philadelphia Union using its first pick on Maryland goalkeeper Zac MacMath.

What did you think of the draft? Do you think Salgado was the right choice for Vancouver? Which team(s) do you think had the best day? What surprised you?

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