Is That A Super Draft? No Just A Light Bez.

Bez

Look into my eyes…you will trade us for players, these are the picks you’re looking for. Super? Super!

 

How’s everyone feeling?  Super? That’s just super guys!  I’m super too.  To quote South Park: ‘I’m super psyched to be here!’.  It’s SuperDraft day in MLS – feel the excitement!  Today is the day where Canadian Cyle Larin will get drafted first overall – which is kind of exciting I guess – by Orlando City SC.   But other stuff has to happen too – there’s rounds and rounds of excitement to be had as teams trade picks, trade players, and drag things out for as long as possible to heighten the excitement!  Super!!

The Toronto FC brain trust has said more than once that they want to build the team through the draft – citing past shining examples like Kyle Bekker so take that with a massive grain of salt (shhh, I know they drafted Nick Hagglund, he’s a nice boy and I’m sure that he’s going to do very well.  Stop spoiling it).  The big question is whether or not TFC will draft for need or for a shiny new toy to hold up as the best player and they got him!  They have no use for him, but they got him!

Even before all this drafting happens, TFC signed Jay Chapman to a Home Grown Contract earlier today – I swear it looks like they ambushed him in his room and while he was still sleepy got him to sign a contract – which is honestly a good thing.  While he’s not ready for the first team (no he’s not, you stop that!), TFC will have their USL Pro team this year which is going to be great for those not quite ready for prime time players that are signed with Toronto.

I'm so sleepy.... Just sign it Jay and you can go back to bed.

I’m so sleepy…. Just sign it Jay and you can go back to bed.

But on to the matter at hand – what will TFC do with their picks?  They hold the sixth, ninth and eleventh picks in the first round (and then a bunch of picks in the later rounds.  Their most pressing needs are defensive but putting green defenders right into MLS situations rarely works well.  However there are a couple in this year’s draft that look intriguing.  For CanCon purposes there’s Skylar Thomas – big CB with some potential; Axel Sjoberg (he’s 6’7″!) a CB with some upside but also would take an international spot and Robbie Earle’s son Otis Earle.  I’d take any of the three just for their names – hey, footy bloggers need puns to survive!  There’s also talk of TFC taking Goalkeeper Alex Bono and then flipping him to another team for a more experienced and established MLS player.  I’d like to see Toronto try to pull of this type of move somewhere in the draft.  While youth is great for the future and yes, there’s that USL Pro team roster to fill out, TFC need experienced players to step into roles now while the kids are learning.

For all of the superdraft super fun you can watch live at the link below starting at 12:30:

http://www.torontofc.ca/live

 

And then feel free to chatter away with us in the comments area – ooh, this is kind of our first live thread here at VMP – Super!!  This is Bez & Vanney’s time to show us what they can do now that they’ve been given the keys to the new car.  Hopefully they don’t crash.

Author: Kristin Knowles

Raised on basketball and baseball, Kristin soon saw the error of her ways when enrolled in a local football league as a child. Geography dictated she choose TFC as her team and ten years later she's still yet to flee the city. Cynically optimistic, she now channels her inner hooligan by singing random pop songs and making poor puns in the stands. May contain adult content. Find me on the internet machine @kzknowles

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  1. trades! trades! trades! trades! that’s what i want out of this. ideally get a decent experienced cb from someone for one or even 2 of these first rounders.

    failing that, draft centre backs. plenty of midfield and forward prospects, focus on the defence please.

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    • Me too – I almost don’t care if they come away with a player actually from the draft class or not. I’d be fine with experienced MLSers via trade. But yes – DEFENCE!!

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  2. alright. at work, crap compute, not watching, twitter and here it is. sounds like I’m not missing much so far.

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  3. larin 1st to orlando. makes sense.

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  4. NYCFC take a time out because they tried to phone Frank Lampard and he pretended he did not know them…

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  5. Khiry Shelton – or Dominic Oduro lite (check the hair) goes to NYCFC. I’ve little impression of him.

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  6. kyrie shelton to new york city after a timeout and much frank lampard joking.
    more trades please!

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  7. Romario Williams goes No. 3 – and throws a touch of French into his acceptance so good on him!

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  8. Portland takes Nick Besler – Matt’s little brother goes fairly high. And he didn’t thank god first! Or at all?

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  9. They were together on the Spartans, midfielders together and some internet mock drafts had TFC picking him to play him with Jay Chapman (and cause Kyle Bekker to change his hairstyle)

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    • Damn – we missed a chance to make Kyle change his hair?

      Thanks for the info though. 🙂

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  10. The Fire take Matt Pollster – defender which they sorely needed. And waiting for the deity thanking.

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  11. Should TFC hang onto Bono he’s a GA player so doesn’t count against the cap. But I still think that they’re going to trade him.

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    • Bono could be trade bait, but perhaps it is Bendik on the block…. If Bono is good enough for USMNT look… could be worth keeping.

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  12. got pulled away at just the wrong time we took bono? magnificent. if confusing. poor quillan roberts.

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    • sure. and so he should. but when he was ready he’d have always knocked konopka down the depth chart. I’d say that’s less likely with this guy. and this guy might potentially be competition for that usl pro team. can’t imagine they want to pick him then dump him to the bench all season.

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  13. clement simonin. who’s he then?

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  14. apparently no-one really knows who this simonin bloke is.
    which makes me feel smug about not spending hours researching things.

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  15. Alright – final first round pick and TFC takes Skylar Thomas! OK that one actually makes sense.

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  16. and now skylar thomas with the 11th pick. a name that people had been throwing out there, and a defender to boot. not too bad. Now i should go back to work.

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  17. Do we know if that Simonin is alive, I know that a NHL team once drafted a dead player, surprisingly not the MLSE owned team?

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    • you’d hope they checked out at least that much. but hey it’s TFC, so…valid question I think.

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  18. Next TFC pick is #29 in the second round – I have a big MLS Superdraft decision – nap or cup of tea?

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    • For me the option is ‘ go to work’ . Retail schedule means I’ve got to leave this thread to you fine gentleman.

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  19. into the second round and it’s another defender wes charpei. know nothing about him

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  20. and now edwin rivas. dunno.

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  21. Edwin Rivas – another obscure pick, a forward. That ends TFC’s picks for today. 3 and 4 round next week on conference call.

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