Vancouver Whitecaps Steal the Show in MLS SuperDraft with Surprising Picks

By Juan Pablo Aravena
Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The Vancouver Whitecaps were one of the teams with the most picks in the 2014 MLS Super Draft, and they sure stole the show with their surprising selections by making solid additions to their roster.

The Canadian side had three picks — including two that were among the first 10 in the first-round — and they made sure they took solid players all over the pitch in an attempt to bolster a team that needed help in all areas of the field.

The Whitecaps were able to pick one of the best defenders in this class in Christian Dean, a Jamaica international in youngster Andre Lewis and a coveted striker in UConn forward Mamadou Diouf, a player that had first-round talent but ended being selected with pick No. 30 overall.

The Whitecaps will benefit greatly from these three choices, but Dean and Diouf figure to make the bigger impact from the start of the regular season. The California defender was rumored to be a possible candidate to be selected No. 1 overall, and when he fell into Vancouver’s lap it was a no-brainer choice just like Diouf. The UConn star was arguably one of the best forwards in this class, and the Caps’ fans will surely be happy with these two arrivals.

Lewis is a wild card right now, but the fact that he has international experience surely bodes well for the future of his MLS career. He’s quite raw, though, and at this stage he is only a prospect with a lot of upside.

In short, the Whitecaps had three very good picks, and they are definitely one of the most intelligent teams selecting players during the first two rounds of the Draft. They have to hope this trend continues in the latter rounds – where they have three more picks – next Tuesday.

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

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