The MLS draft is two days away and the trade talk is in full swing as several teams are looking to trade either in or out of the first round.
So who wants into the first round? The Houston Dynamo and New York Red Bulls are two squad source are telling me will be lining up offers in Baltimore to move up. The Dynamo is high on young winger Brek Shea while the Red Bulls would love a chance to move up and grab Chance Myers.
Here are some other tidbits leading up to Friday’s MLS Draft:
Center back prospect Andy Iro told journalists on Tuesday that he hadn’t signed a contract yet with MLS and might consider going back to England if he winds up with a team that he isn’t comfortable playing for. It sounds as if he wants either a familiar environment or club with a reputation for developing players. The Galaxy and Houston Dynamo are two teams he is reportedly interested in playing for but only LA has a legitimate chance of acquiring him.
While San Jose wound up dealing the No. 1 overall pick to Kansas City, sources told me that the Houston Dynamo was interested in acquiring the pick before it was dealt. What kind of deal could have worked out there? How about Brian Mullan and a 2008 pick for the No. 1 overall pick. The Dynamo could have gone in any number of directions but my money is on Houston wanting a chance at Brek Shea. Don’t be surprised if Houston winds up with a Top 4 pick for that very reason.
Where oh where will Alex Nimo go? The young forward showed some nice moves at the MLS Combine but he’s short, not really that fast and doesn’t project too well at any particular position. As a Generation adidas player he doesn’t cost anything against the cap, but that still won’t keep him from likely sliding into the mid to late second round. I don’t see a team picking him early when the chances are slim that he’ll contribute at all for the next two years.
I will be posting the second round of my latest mock draft some time tonight so stay tuned for that.