Supplemental Sleepers: The picks to watch
Over the years, the Supplemental Draft has consistently produced a fair share of MLS starters. MLSsoccer.com writers Simon Borg and Travis Clark identify three players who they expect could be revelations in the future.
SIMON BORG: Ryan
Thomas, Corey Attaway, Curtis Ushedo
Ryan Thomas, LA Galaxy (16th overall): Multiple college coaches
expressed their surprise that Thomas was not at the Player Combine. But it was
not because MLS teams did not know about him. The scouting report on the former
US youth national team player is that he’s a speedy, athletic left back who can
defend, attack and deliver a good cross. He could very well be pushing Todd
Dunivant for minutes by the time 2011 is done.
Corey Attaway, Seattle
Sounders (29th overall): The converted right back and UC Irvine
captain performed well enough at the Seattle Sounders combine in Las Vegas to
earn the nod from head coach Sigi Schmid. He’s said to be a solid defender with good feet
who can also contribute in attack. The question surrounding Attaway is whether
he has the pace to play at outside back. If he doesn’t, he may work out at
right midfield or even center back.
Curtis Ushedo, Chivas
USA (40th overall): The 6-foot-4 central defender (pictured above) is the
Canadian version of Oguchi Onyewu. He combines size, speed and a calm about the
way he goes about his business. The Toronto native and Canadian Olympic team
prospect could leave Vancouver and Toronto FC red in the face if he realizes his
pro potential with Chivas USA under his new defensive tutor, Robin Fraser.
Amani Walker, Philip Bannister, Ernesto Carranza
Chicago Fire (9th overall): While Walker doesn't possess blazing
speed, he has the physical characteristics needed to succeed in MLS. With the
Fire depleted in so many areas of the field, he could have success earlier than
Chivas USA (22th overall): The midfielder from Sacramento State
didn't have a great Combine, and his small school background caused him to slip.
However, with Chivas in transition, he might be able to step in and find minutes
off the bench.
Colorado Rapids (36th overall): Coach Gary Smith will have to
give Bannister time to recover from a knee injury that shortened his 2010 season, but
a senior year with 10 goals in nine games indicates what he is capable of when