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2014 MLS SuperDraft: Colorado Rapids Select Grant Van De Casteele With Pick No. 19

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Colorado got a second pick in the first round, and used it to pick up Grant Van De Casteele out of Notre Dame.

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Going into the draft, Colorado had only one pick in the first round. A trade later, the Rapids had both No. 12 and No. 19 because the Revolution reeeally wanted Patrick Mullins. With a second pick in the first round, the Rapids finally went for the defender that everyone expected them to take with No. 11 originally, Grant Van de Casteele out of Notre Dame.

Van de Casteele was a fantastic center back for the Fighting Irish during his college career, and provides some size in the back for the Rapids. His Irish team won the Championship this season with Van de Casteele as the anchor of a defense that recorded 10 shutouts. He's also a former teammate of Dillon Powers, which can't hurt. If Shane O'Neill moves into the midfield as has been rumored, there's a good chance that Van de Casteele could start immediately; he's a very smart defender positionally and has the size to deal with some physicality.

Colorado will, barring any more crazy trades, have two more picks today, with No.33 and No. 35 in the second round.