FC Dallas entered the SuperDraft this year with only 3 picks all falling late in each round due to the club's run to MLS Cup. The coaching staff entered into the process with a "best player available" mentality rather than focusing on need.
First Round, #17: Bobby Warshaw
It turned out that a player that fit one of their biggest needs fell right into their lap at #17 in the first round, Stanford's Bobby Warshaw.
1st Round, 17th Overall
Hometown: Mechanicsburg, Penn.
Warshaw fits right into the Schellas Hyndman mold of player: terrific soccer smarts, hard nosed, really good work rate, positional flexibility, and above average skills. As a freshman and sophomore Warshaw played in the midfield and twice led Stanford in scoring. For his junior and senior year Warshaw moved to central defense where he led the Cardinal to a 1 goal allowed a game average. Warshaw ends his college career with 16 goals and 6 assists.
Four time All Pac-10, three times First Team, and once Second Team as a freshman, Warshaw was named First Team All-American as a junior. Warshaw was a finalist for the Lowe's Senior Class Award in 2010, 2010 Pac-10 Scholar Athlete of the Year for men's soccer, and in 2009 was named a Herman Semi-Finalist.
I consider this pick to be a absolute steal of a pick at 17. Warshaw can play center back and defensive mid and reminds me a lot of a young Daniel Hernandez. Because of Stanford's subpar 2010 season and the MLS propensity to pick Generation adidas players early, FCD was given a real gift when Warshaw fell to them. Warshaw fills the immediate need of center back depth and d-mid depth, and will most probably be the long term replacement for Daniel Hernandez. I considered him one of the top seniors midfielders available, even though MLS listed him as a defender.
Second Round, #35: Charlie Campbell
With the addition of expansion teams, by the time FC Dallas picked again at 35th over all, the draft had moved into the range of picks that aren't as locked in with potential. The Generation adidas players are all long gone and coaches begin to pick player that stand out to them or have certain characteristics they look for. Keep in mind that pick 35 last year was in round three, FCD picked up Jason Yeisley at 38 and Eric Alexander at 44. So talent is to be had at this point, just not name brand flashy talent.
2nd Round, 35th Overall
Hometown: Mundelein, Ill.
Once again Hyndman and company go for a player that fits their mold of versatility & smarts, this one with a tendency to score in big games. Campbell played forward, outside mid, or attacking mid in college and is a quick, darting player who could fill in wide in midfield for FCD.
A four year starter at Virginia Tech, Campbell was named to the ACC All-Freshman team in 2006 playing mostly in midfield for the less powerful Hokie program. As a sophomore Campbell began scoring big goals including two against California in the NCAA's to advance his team.
Campbell's junior year was lost after just four games when he was sidelined for the season with a knee injury against Hofstra. Given a medical red-shirt, Campbell returned for his senior year and led the Hokies in scoring including the game-winning goal to help Tech earn a 2-1 win over Wisconsin Milwaukee in the Middleton Sports & Fitness Invitational.
Having one more season of eligibility due to the medical red-shirt, Campbell transferred to Louisville to start graduate studies. Starting 20 game for the Cardinals, Campbell notched six goals and two assists continuing his clutch big game play with the game-winner in the Big East quarterfinals, and three goals and two assists in three wins in the Louisville NCAA run.
Campbell should help fill the hole in the roster left by Atiba Harris' departure.
Third Round, #53: Scott Gordon
Again with the expansion of MLS, the current third round is equivalent to the old forth round in talent when FCD picked. FCD took SMU senior Dane Saintus at 54 last year. The 50s is the realm of projects and picks with outside shots to make rosters. With the expansion of the MLS rosters this year, there is more room for picks in this range, but it will most likely be on the extended developmental roster and these kids will play the bulk of their time on the reserve team.
3rd Round, 53rd Overall
Hometown: Boca Raton, Fla.
College: Lynn University
Fittingly with the point he was picked, FCD took a shot here at a big, tall, strong athlete out of DII often praised for leadership and work ethic. Again Hyndman seems to have picked a player that fits the mold of his current team.
Gordon was the only DII player drafted in the 2011 SuperDraft. Twice named to the All-Sunshine State Conference, this season he also collected NSCAA All-South Region recognition.
Gordon anchored the Lynn back line for the bulk of his career in college leading the team to 10 shutouts in 28 games, holding opponents to less than 5 shots per game. He also contributed on the offensive end with 5 goals and 4 assists.
Gordon is the second Lynn player picked by Dallas in franchise history. The Dallas Burn selected Lynn University Athletics Hall of Famer Darren Warham was the 12th pick of the second round, 24th overall, back in 1999
At this point FCD seems to have done well for themselves. Warshaw is a terrific pick and a steal at #17. After that FCD grabbed an interesting, if slightly off the radar, offensive talent, and then a hard working defensive project.
It may be hard to truly judge this class a success unless someone outside Warshaw pans out, but given where they were picked FCD seems to have done some good business.
Added bonus, FCD will have three more rounds of picks and prospects/projects from the Supplemental draft next week.