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5 Biggest Surprises Of 2014 MLS Super Draft

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5 Biggest Surprises In 2014 MLS Super Draft

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The first two rounds of the 2014 MLS Draft were completed in Philadelphia today, and there are some notable stories after everything was said and done.

Some experts qualified it as one of the weirdest drafts within the past few years, and there’s plenty to talk about after the two initial rounds of the MLS Super Draft were completed.

All the squads in the MLS were on the clock today – some were more times than others though – looking to solve some of their needs for this upcoming season. Whether they were looking to add an impact talent, a solution for a specific or just depth for the roster, the reality is that all the teams in the MLS bolstered their squads with some of the finest young players in the country.

Some experts weren’t too high in this upcoming draft class, as it was heralded as a rather weak one in comparison to the ones in recent years, but despite that, some impact players were available and the teams that took a chance with their picks are surely hoping to see some results out of them.

The surprises started early with the trading of the first overall pick, as the Philadelphia Union moved up and got the first choice while the D.C. United got to pick after them, and while some things went as expected – like the first players chosen – the truth is that there were plenty of things to talk about after the two first rounds were completed.

Without further ado, here are the biggest five surprises of the MLS Super Draft after the first two rounds.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google

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5. Eric Miller Going Fifth Overall

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Montreal Impact traded all their way up to the fifth pick on the Super Draft and selected Eric Miller in a surprising move, considering they already have Hassoun Camara as the starting right back. It was definitively a puzzling move considering the plethora of talent that was available.

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4. Mamadou Diouf Goes Past the First Round

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UConn forward Mamadou Diouf was projected to go in the first round and many had him as high as a Top 15 pick, but he ended up falling to the Vancouver Whitecaps, who selected him with the 30th selection. He can be considered as an absolute steal for the Canadian side, as they added speed and athleticism to their forward line.

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3. Tesho Akindele Selected Sixth Overall

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Tesho Akindele impressed at the Player Combine and he was highly expected to be taken in the first round, but he was a Top 10 pick, being selected with the sixth pick by FC Dallas and ahead of players like Schillo Tshuma and Patrick Mullins. It’s a huge pressure for the skilled winger, but he already showed he has enough talent to compete with the best of them.

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2. Patrick Mullins and Schillo Tshuma Fall Out Of Top 10

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Two of the most coveted forwards that were a lock to be early picks in most mock drafts fell out of the top 10. Patrick Mullins went 11th overall and was selected by the New England Revolution, and Schillo Tshuma was chosen by the Portland Timbers with the 17th pick; both players have potential to be considered a huge steal.

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1. Andre Blake Goes First Overall

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Jamaican-born goalkeeper Andre Blake was surprisingly chosen with the first overall pick by the Philadelphia Union – they traded picks with D.C. United – marking the first time in the Super Draft history that a goalie goes first overall. It’s also the first time a goalkeeper is chosen in the Top 3 since USMNT star Brad Guzan in 2005.