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5 Biggest Steals of 2014 MLS SuperDraft

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Five Biggest Steals In 2014 MLS SuperDraft

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The 2014 MLS SuperDraft saw its first two round being completed today, and there’s little doubt that there were several steals in the process starting with the top of the order as the D.C. United decided to trade down. As a result, the Philadelphia Union got the first overall selection.

But the surprises didn’t stop there, and the two rounds were equally exciting and unpredictable from start to finish.

As expected, the names that were expected to go early off the board were selected quickly. Andre Blake, Christian Dean and Steve Birnbaum were the three first selections just like in many mock drafts. However, even the position of these three can be considered shocking with the Jamaican goalkeeper going first overall.

But aside from those surprises, there were some notable movements and some late picks that can definitely be considered huge steals. Today’s selections can easily leave their mark during the regular season as soon as this year.

Overall, all teams were able to stockpile their depth and some even fixed holes at key positions in what was a great draft.

The five players listed in this article can be easily considered the five biggest steals in the first two rounds of the MLS SuperDraft. Read on to find out which players were the shocking selections made today in Philadelphia.

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5. Schillo Tshuma

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Selected by Portland Timbers with the 17th pick.

Tshuma was thought to be one of the first forwards to be selected, but he almost fell out of the first round and ended up being a great fit for the Portland Timbers. He had talent to be selected among the top 10, players and he has the tools to show for it once the regular season starts.

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4. Kyle Venter

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Selected by Los Angeles Galaxy with the 23rd pick.

Kyle Venter had enough talent to go in the first round, but instead fell to the second where the Los Angeles Galaxy snatched him up quickly. He is not the best defender available in this class, but he was projected to be a top-15 pick. So, the team coached by Bruce Arena might have ended up getting a steal here.

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3. Christian Dean

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Selected by Vancouver Whitecaps with the third pick.

Christian Dean is no surprise to have gone with the third pick, but he had enough talent to go first overall. Since the D.C. United traded down and picked second, most experts expected the Washington-based team to pick him, but instead he fell to the Vancouver Whitecaps. A great pick for the Canadian side.

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2. Mamadou Diouf

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Selected by Vancouver Whitecaps with the 29th pick.

Mamadou Diouf was arguably the biggest steal through the first two rounds, and the Whitecaps were happy he fell into their lap late in the second round of the SuperDraft. He is as quick as it gets, and he will be an important player for the Whitecaps in the upcoming season despite his late draft position.

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1. Patrick Mullins

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Selected by New England Revolution with the 11th pick.

The Maryland star won the Hermann Trophy twice during his NCAA career and like Tshuma, he was a lock for a top-10 pick and could’ve gone as high as top-five. Instead, he was picked with the 11th selection, and he is a great fit for a New England Revolution team that needed to fill the void left by Juan Agudelo.