It’s been a whole year now since D.C. United was able to snag its top overall prospect Perry Kitchen with the third overall pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft at the Baltimore Convention Center. Well the 2012 MLS SuperDraft is today in Kansas City. The one MLS-related thing we actually WANT to be in Baltimore moved out west this year. Ah well.
The draft kicks off at 12:00 today, and United will use the No. 7 pick in the first round to hopefully grab a player who can both fill a need and contribute right away. The team will have options, and we’ve spent the last week outlining who those options are. We missed a few, but read the first-hand reaction of So-Cal resident johnjahafanclub on the pair of UCLA guys. With the assumption that Akron forward Darren Mattocks and Duke defender/midfielder Andrew Wenger will be the first two players off the board, the list of guys that United might be choosing includes:
* Proven goalscoring senior Casey Townsend of Maryland
* Highly rated and highly productive GA forward Chandler Hoffman of UCLA
* Versatile attacker and Combine destroyer Ethan Finlay of Creighton
* Similarly skilled forward/midfielder Nick DeLeon of Louisville
* Small but creative GA playmaker Enzo Martinez of North Carolina
* High scoring attacking midfielder Luis Silva of UCSB
* All-around complete GA midfielder Kelyn Rowe of UCLA
* Big and established MLS-ready center back Matt Hedges of North Carolina
* Potentially great GA left back Tyler Polak of Creighton
Follow the draft live and give us your reactions as it happens, but before you do, let’s hear your thoughts on how D.C. United should select at No. 7. Jump below for the poll.
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