2011 MLS SuperDraft Factoids and Timbers Connections
With the 2011 MLS Player Combine beginning today, followed next week by the 2011 SuperDraft, the league is abuzz with scouting reports, draft talk, and combine developments. The history of the draft goes all the way back to the inaugural season in 1996 where Brian McBride was chosen first overall by the Columbus Crew.
The Timbers have the second overall pick next week and with the coaching and technical staff currently in Ft. Lauderdale, FL scouting talent, we took a look at the MLS history of the draft to see some of the more interesting picks, where some of our current team came from, and found some names of old Timbers fans will remember.
The inaugural player draft in 1996 went 16 rounds and gave us many memorable names. But it was also quite the breeding ground for future MLS head coaches:
- New Chivas USA head coach Robin Fraser went 4th overall in the 1st round to LA
- Sporting KC’s Peter Vermes was a 3rd rounder in 1996 to New York
- Real Salt Lake’s Jason Kreis selected by Dallas in the 5th round
- San Jose Earthquakes’ Frank Yallop went in the 6th round to Tampa Bay
- While not part of that 1996 draft class, current Timbers assistant coach Amos Magee was drafted by MLS teams twice. In 1998, he was a supplemental 3rd rounder to the Galaxy and then again in 2004 he was a SuperDraft 4th rounder of Tampa Bay.
- Chugger Adair went in the 3rd round of the 1996 supplemental draft
- University of Portland’s Chris Brown was a 5th overall 1st round selection of Kansas City in 1999
- Kansas City also picked up fellow UP alum Andrew Gregor in the 2nd round in 2001
- Scot Thompson was a 2nd round selection of LA in 2003
- McKinley Tennyson was chosen by Columbus in 2004 in the 4th round.
- Luke Kreamalmeyer won the Combine MVP award in 2005 and went to Real Salt Lake in the 4th round
- Quavas Kirk was 16 years old when he was drafted by the Galaxy in the 3rd round in 2005
- George Josten was the leading scorer at the 2008 MLS Combine and went in the 2nd round to Columbus
- Keith Savage was a Chivas USA 4th rounder in 2008
Collen Warner was the 15th overall pick in the first round in 2010 to Real Salt Lake, thus becoming the first Timbers U-23s player to play in MLS.