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Midfield upgrades

By Jonathan Szekeres



KANSAS CITY, KS - MARCH 31: Javier Aquino # 11 of Mexico falls to the ground against Russell Teibert #3 and Kyle Bekker #6 of Canada in the 2012 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying Semifinals at Livestrong Sporting Park on March 31, 2012 in Kansas City, Kansas
KANSAS CITY, KS - MARCH 31: Javier Aquino # 11 of Mexico falls to the ground against Russell Teibert #3 and Kyle Bekker #6 of Canada in the 2012 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying Semifinals at Livestrong Sporting Park on March 31, 2012 in Kansas City, Kansas

I wrote an article a while back about how happy I was that the Vancouver Whitecaps decided to upgrade their backline by signing defender Brad Rusin. Now, let's shift our focus to another problem;(my ex-girlfriend says I'm great at doing that) the midfield.

It seems strange to type that, considering I was singing the praises of the midfield in the 2012 season. There was Gershon Koffie, arguably a top five mid in the MLS, Jun-Marques Davidson, a gem of a find by Martin Rennie who brought him over from the Carolina RailHawks of the NASL, and finally, there was the impending arrival of Barry Robson, the man supposed to lead his team into the promised land.

Now, Gershon Koffie is expected to gain massive interest from European clubs either this season or the next, Jun-Marques Davidson turned into a foul machine in the latter part of the season and was benched, and Barry Robson became one of the most maligned players on the squad. Now, here I sit, weeping softly and eating doritos, because the midfield has become the biggest problem on the squad. Well, besides Kenny Miller. (That's an article for another day)

So, it makes sense that the 'Caps should be looking for a good midfielder in the upcoming SuperDraft. They hold the sixth and tenth selections, which means they should be able to snag an extremely decent prospect. My ideal pick for the sixth selection would have to be Kyle Bekker, if he is still available. He's one of the top midfields in the draft, and he's also Canadian. 'Caps GM Bob Lenarduzzi is often criticized (unfairly, I would say) about the lack of Canadians on the 'Caps. Lenarduzzi has been adamant about his roster management; simply put, he signs and plays the best players available.  However, you would have to think that Bekker would be a godsend for Bobby L; a young Canadian that is truly one of the best players in the draft.

If he's available, the 'Caps would be fools not to pick him.