Thursday, January 15, 2009

MLS Late-Round Draft Gems

This is a list of players that have been drafted by MLS teams in the later rounds of the 96-99 College Draft and the 00-08 Superdraft that have gone on to make a great impact in the league. By comparison, here are some Number One picks from the last few years: Matt McKeon, Steve Shak, Chris Carrieri, Chris Gbandi, Nikolas Besagno, Tahj Jakins, Leo Cullen, Jason Moore.

Even in last year's draft quite a few players that were selected in round 3 or later made an impact including, Luke Sassano (NY, 3) Stephen King (CHI, 3), Geoff Cameron (HOU, 3), Brandon McDonald (LA, 4), Steven Lenhart (CLB, 4). I'm sure there will be a few from the 2009 draft as well. Enjoy the wheelin and dealin today. (Check out The Offside Rules draft day bingo card for additional good times)

Round 3
Jesse Marsch (DC) 1996
Eddie Lewis (SJ) 1996
Ante Razov (LA) 1996
Kevin Hartman (LA) 1997
Matt Reis (LA) 1998
Kerry Zavagnin (KC) 2000
Nick Rimando (MIA) 2000
Edson Buddle (CLB) 2001
Alejandro Moreno (LA) 2002
Logan Pause (CHI) 2003
Chris Rolfe (CHI) 2005
Gonzalo Segares (CHI) 2005
Omar Cummings (COL) 2007

Round 4
John Wolyniec (CHI) 2000
Michael Bradley (NY) 2004
Jonathan Bornstein (CHV) 2006
Adam Cristman (NE) 2007

Round 5
Davy Arnaud (KC) 2002
Jack Jewsbury (KC) 2003

Round 6
Andy Dorman (NE) 2004
Jeff Parke (NY) 2004

Official Superdraft Website


  1. Nice post. Thanks for the research.

  2. The MLS "Super Draft" is the most over-hyped thing in North American soccer since Becks moved to LA.I love the TFC and have high hopes for MLS, but any player with world class talent will be playing in Europe. Chance Myers, last years #1 pick makes less than 150K a year. Compare that to what Altidore, Adu, Edu make.And no, it's not just the players following the money, it's the MLS selling the players.