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MLS Superdraft Recap

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JANUARY 17: Teams work at their respective tables during the 2013 MLS SuperDraft Presented by Adidas at the Indiana Convention Center on January 17, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JANUARY 17: Teams work at their respective tables during the 2013 MLS SuperDraft Presented by Adidas at the Indiana Convention Center on January 17, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images.

It has been a monumental week for Major League Soccer with the homecoming of Michael Bradley and Michael Parkhurst as well as Jermain Defoe joining Toronto FC. Thursday added to the future of the MLS. 

This class of collegiate athletes did not bring much hype with them to the 2014 MLS Superdraft, but teams still worked the phones and shook hands before and during the draft. 

DC United, who finished with the worst record in the league, held on to their number one overall pick until the last minute when they swapped picks with the Philadelphia Union. With the first pick, the Union selected Andre Blake from the University of Connecticut, the first time a goalkeeper has been selected first overall.

The Jamaican-born Blake is considered to be the most MLS-ready player in this year's draft and Philadephia was earnest to make sure their pick was used to get the best available player. The Union were perhaps the big winners of the day as they also picked-up 6-foot-4 Brazilian-born Pedro Ribeiro from Coastal Carolina University with the 15th overall pick. 

Two University of California defenders were selected with the second and third overall picks. Steve Birnbaum will go from the west coast to the east coast as he heads to DC United and Christian Dean will join the Vancouver Whitecaps

There were four trades in the first round alone. There were none in last year's draft. Clearly the front offices around the league were reading the tea leaves, working hard to get higher picks and sacrificing money and key roster spots. 

In a busy offseason, MLS teams seek to establish themselves early so that they are in a contending position once USMNT and other international players return from their World Cup duties. 

The third and fourth round of the draft will be held next Tuesday.

Here's the list of every pick taken in the first two rounds of the 2014 MLS Superdraft

FIRST ROUND

  1. Philadelphia Union - ANDRE BLAKE, GK, Connecticut
  2. DC United - STEVE BIRNBAUM, D, California
  3. Vancouver Whitecaps - CHRISTIAN DEAN, D, California
  4. New England Revolution - STEVE NEUMANN, M/F, Georgetown 
  5. Montreal Impact - ERIC MILLER, D, Creighton
  6. FC Dallas - TESHO AKINDELE, F, Colorado School of Mines
  7. Vancouver Whitecaps - ANDRE LEWIS, M, Jamaica
  8. Seattle Sounders - DAMION LOWE, D, Hartford
  9. San Jose Earthquakes - JJ KOVAL, M, Stanford 
  10. Toronto FC - NICK HAGGLUND, D, Xavier 
  11. New England Revolution - PATRICK MULLINS, F, Maryland
  12. Colorado Rapids - MARLON HAIRSTON, M, Louisville
  13. Chicago Fire - MARCO FRANCO, D, University of California-Irvine
  14. Columbus Crew - BEN SWEAT, D, South Florida
  15. Philadelphia Union - PEDRO RIBEIRO, M, Coastal Carolina
  16. Houston Dynamo - AJ COCHRAN, D, Wisconsin
  17. Portland Timbers - SCHILLO TSHUMA, F, Maryland
  18. Real Salt Lake - RYAN NEIL, D, California
  19. Colorado Rapids - GRANT VAN DE CASTEELE, D, Notre Dame

SECOND ROUND

  1. Chivas USA - THOMAS MCNAMARA, M, Clemson
  2. Seattle Sounders - JIMMY OKFORD, D, Louisville
  3. New York Redbulls - CHRIS DUVALL, D, Wake Forest
  4. LA Galaxy - KYLE VENTER, D, New Mexico
  5. Toronto FC - DANIEL LOVITZ, M, Elon
  6. Philadelphia Union - KEVIN COPE, M, Michigan State 
  7. Portland Timbers - TAYLOR PEAY, D, Washington 
  8. Philadelphia Union - ROBBIE DERSCHANG, D, Akron
  9. San Jose Earthquakes - JOE SOFIA, D, UCLA
  10. DC United - VICTOR MUNOZ, M, UCLA
  11. Vancouver Whitecaps - MAMADOU DIOUF, F, Connecticut
  12. New England Revolution - ALEC SUNDLY, M, California
  13. Houston Dynamo - MARK SHERROD, F, Memphis
  14. Colorado Rapids - JARED WATTS, M, Wake Forest
  15. New York Red Bulls - ERIC STEVENSON, M, Akron
  16. Colorado Rapids - JOHN BERNER, GK, SIU-Edwardsville
  17. Portland Timbers - AARON LONG, M, UC-Riverside
  18. Montreal Impact - GEORGE MALKI, M, Cal Poly
  19. Sporting Kansas City - ADNAN GABELJIC, F, St. Louis