Tuesday, January 17, 2012
MLS: Rose leads run on Bruins
By Scott French
Andy Rose figured to find a Major League Soccer club in last week's SuperDraft. He didn't. He made up for it Tuesday by joining two teams.
Rose was an early pick in the MLS Supplemental Draft, taken at No. 6 by Real Salt Lake, which promptly dealt UCLA's captain to the Seattle Sounders.
Real Salt Lake took UCLA midfielder Andy Rose with the sixth pick of Tuesday's supplemental draft.
The Englishman, one of the most prominent players remaining on the board after 38 picks last week, was the first of four Bruins to go in quick succession in the supplemental, with left back Shawn Singh going to Sporting Kansas City with the 16th pick, winger Eder Arreola (Chino Hills/Chino Hills HS) to Houston at No. 18 and goalkeeper Brian Rowe to Chivas USA early in the second round.
That's six players drafted from UCLA's NCAA semifinal team -- New England's Kelyn Rowe and Philadelphia's Chandler Hoffman were first-round picks -- and there are several underclassmen likely to take the step in the next few years.
Rose was one of the real prizes available Tuesday.
“He's a player that we really like,” Seattle technical director Chris Henderson, a former UCLA star, told his team's website. “He's a two-way midfielder. He can also sit in as a holding midfielder, so he's pretty versatile. He seems, at a young age, to be a student of the game.”
He should be. He grew up in one of the most intense soccer cultures on the planet, and he can compare notes with former U.S. national team coach Bob Bradley, whose daughter dates Rose.
To get him, the Sounders gave up the rights to defender Leone Cruz, a former SMU standout drafted last year who failed to make the team.
Seattle draft selections included UC Santa Barbara defender Tim Pontius (Yorba Linda/Servite HS), the brother of D.C. United standout Chris Pontius, and Cal Poly defender Wes Feighner (Los Alamitos/Los Alamitos HS).
Feighner was one of two Los Alamitos grads taken. Cal State Fullerton midfielder Kevin Venegas (Lakewood) went to Chivas USA.
San Jose also selected three local players: UC Riverside forward Cesar Diaz Pizarro (Chino/Ayala HS), Loyola Marymount defender Tyler Krumpe (Torrance/Wes Torrance HS) and UC Santa Barbara defender James Kiffe. Krumpe is the son of LMU head coach Paul Krumpe, who played for the U.S. at the 1990 World Cup.
UC Irvine goalkeeper Andrew Fontein went to Vancouver, and LMU forward Logan McDaniel was taken by Portland. In all, 14 players from the L.A. area or who played at local colleges were among 76 supplemental picks.
Here are the local picks:
6. Real Salt Lake: Andy Rose (UCLA), M/D, subsequently traded to Seattle
16. Sporting Kansas City: Shawn Singh (UCLA), D
18. Houston: Eder Arreola (UCLA), M, Chino Hills (Chino Hills HS)
24. Chivas USA: Brian Rowe (UCLA), G
25. San Jose: Cesar Diaz Pizarro (UC Riverside), F, Chino (Ayala HS)
28. Chivas USA: Daniel Steres (San Diego State), D, Calabasas (Calabasas HS)
33. Seattle: Tim Pontius (UC Santa Barbara), D, Yorba Linda (Servite HS)
37. Chivas USA: Kevin Venegas (Cal State Fullerton), M/D, Lakewood (Los Alamitos HS)
38. Galaxy: Rafael Garcia (Cal State Northridge), M, Canoga Park (Canoga Park HS)
40. Vancouver: Andrew Fontein (UC Irvine), G
63. San Jose: James Kiffe (UC Santa Barbara), D, Santa Barbara (San Marcos HS)
65. Portland: Logan McDaniel (Loyola Marymount), M/F, Palmdale (Quartz Hill HS)
72. Seattle: Wes Feighner (Cal Poly), D, Los Alamitos (Los Alamitos HS)
73. San Jose: Tyler Krumpe (Loyola Marymount), D, Torrance (West Torrance HS)
5. R.J. Allen (Monmouth), D
24. Brian Rowe (UCLA), G
28. Daniel Steres (San Diego State), D, Calabasas (Calabasas HS)
30. Fabian Kling (Fort Lewis), D
37. Kevin Venegas (Cal State Fullerton), M/D, Lakewood (Los Alamitos HS)
19. Bryan Gaul (Bradley), F/D
38. Rafael Garcia (Cal State Northridge), M, Canoga Park (Canoga Park HS)
57. Yuri Gorentzvaig (SC Corinthians/Brazil), F
62. Steven Posa (San Diego), F
76. Justin Davies (San Diego State), D
ELSEWHERE: In other MLS news ...
Vancouver took Mexican left back Gienir Garcia with the No. 2 pick in the expansion draft, then traded him to Montreal for the “discovery” rights to Maltese forward Etienne Barbara, who scored 20 goals last year for the second-division Carolina RailHawks. The Whitecaps also picked up former New England/Philadelphia goalkeeper Brad Knighton, who played for new head coach Martin Rennie with the RailHawks.
Portland signed Colombian defender Hanyer Mosquera, 24, from La Equidad.
Sporting Kansas City traded a fourth-round supplemental pick to San Jose for the rights to midfielder Michael Thomas, who has played in Sweden the past two years after the Earthquakes took him in the 2010 SuperDraft.
Trialists in the Quakes' camp include former Portland midfielder Rodrigo Lopez (Harbor City), L.A. Blues defender Josh Suggs, former Galaxy defender Kyle Davies and 2007 Chivas draft pick Lyle Martin.