Thursday, January 13, 2011
MLS DRAFT: Locals only
By Scott French
How did local players fared in Thursday's Major League Soccer draft:
Quartet finds employment
- Michael Tetteh (UC Santa Barbara): Top left back in the draft lasted into the second round, was taken by Seattle with the 20th selection.
- Michael Farfan (North Carolina): The playmaker from Wildomar (Cal State Fullerton) saw his stock drop considerably after a poor combine. Philadelphia took him with the 23rd pick, the last of the Generation adidas players to go.
- Hector Jimenez (California): Midfielder from Bell Gardens (Bell Gardens HS) is headed home, snapped up by the Galaxy in the second round (34th pick)
- Davis Paul (California): The forward from Upland (Damien HS), Jimenez's teammate at Arsenal FC in Alta Loma, heads to Chicago in the third round, with the 51st of 54 picks.
Who waited … and waited ...
- Michael Boxall (UC Santa Barbara): The New Zealand national-teamer went into the combine regarded among the top center backs, but his weaknesses -- struggles to keep up with fast forwards, questionable decision-making, an inability to play out of the back -- really hurt him. And his foreign status doesn't help either.
- Amani Walker (UC Irvine): Target forward didn't offer a good enough glimpse of himself during the combine and dropped further down the depth chart. He's a good bet for the supplemental draft.
Up for grabs in Tuesday's second draft
- Rafael Baca (Loyola Marymount): The wing-midfielder from Lawndale (Animo Leadership HS) would make a nice pickup for some MLS club.
- Corey Attaway (UC Irvine): Hard-working, versatile midfielder from Chino (Chino Hills HS) deserved a combine invite, is going to play somewhere.