10 Hidden Gems Still Available in 2014 MLS SuperDraft
Top 10 Players Still Available
The MLS SuperDraft already saw its two first rounds being held the last week, but with two more rounds left to go, plenty of players are still expecting to hear their names called by a specific team.
And it’s unbelievable the amount of quality still left on the board. This class was highly regarded as a weak one, but it seems like there are several hidden gems still available even though there are 38 selections left to be made.
From international goalkeepers to strong center backs and quick forwards – going through several types of midfielders that have the skill set to have solid careers at the MLS level – there are a huge number of prospects left to be taken. There are a few that could still make an impact for any franchise that decides to take a gamble on them.
All teams have at least one pick available, and while not much can be expected since the players chosen in the final rounds aren’t expected to become an impact talent right away, the potential of the players is an important factor when making the choice. That being said, some players should’ve been selected in the first two rounds so there still quite a few guys who could be considered to be absolute steals.
Without further ado, read on through this slideshow as we check 10 of the biggest talents that are still available in the final two rounds of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft.
10. Christopher Santana – UC Irvine
Christopher Santana has raw talent that is already making a name as Chivas Guadalajara already offered him a contract a few years ago. He has crazy athleticism, a lot of power inside the box and he reads the game very well.
9. Wojciech Wojcik – Bradley
Wojciech Wojcik is the typical target man with a knack for goals, and he is also left-footed, a strange combo that is not present in any other player available. He should be selected early based on his unique skill-set.
8. Alex Sweetin - St. Louis
Alex Sweetin has been compared to Steve Neumann in the sense that he can play both forward or as an attacking midfielder. Very technical and creative, he would be a great addition for a team employing a possession style like Real Salt Lake.
7. Abraham Keller – Dayton
An inverted winger that had experience in the Swiss national team’s youth ranks, he is deadly with space. His left foot is very accurate, and he could be a good pick for a team in need of set piece help.
6. Jason Plumhoff – LaSalle
The reigning A-10 Offensive Player of the Year is a huge double threat in the sense that he can either score or deliver an accurate killer pass near the box. He previously played for Bayern Munich’s youth team so the potential is clearly there.
5. Joey Dillon – Georgetown
Joey Dillon was clearly not selected based on his poor Combine performance, but he has several things working in his favor. He has MLS-ready athleticism, reads the game like an experienced player and had a spectacular career at the college level.
4. Richard Marquez – Redlands
Richard Marquez is a similar case to the one of Tesho Akindele who came from a D2 school and was elected among the first ten picks of the SuperDraft last week. Marquez comes from a D3 team in Redlands, but he showed at the Combine that he has all the tools to become a solid MLS defender in the future.
3. Danny Welsh – UC Santa Barbara
Denny Welsh is the prototypical European right-back in the sense that he relies on strength rather than speed. His future at the MLS level could be in the center of the defense where his athleticism would be above average.
2. Kees Heemskerk – College of Charlston
The Dutch goalkeeper had a brief stint with Ajax, and while he is not nearly as talented as No. 1 overall pick Andre Blake, he is quite strong between the posts and has no real weaknesses in his game. He could be a solid backup in the right situation and has the potential to be a starter in no time.
1. Goffin Boyoko – UC Santa Barbara
The former French international at the youth level is clearly one of the best players left on the board, and he should be selected early in the third round. His understanding of the game is on another level, and he is able to make the difference in terms of skill, athleticism and raw talent. He will be an absolute steal in the later rounds of the draft.