The MLS Dispersal Draft for Chivas USA is coming up very quickly, and it was revealed at the start of the weekend that the Colorado Rapids would have the 8th overall pick in the draft. That's not a particularly good spot to be in, but any pick below, say, 6th is, in this case.
Alicia from The Goat Parade made a Dispersal Draft guide for all of us, and it doesn't look good for the prospects of there being eight players worth being taken, especially for a team that needs major talent upgrades like the Rapids do. The big names on campus -- Dan Kennedy, Andrew Jean-Baptiste, Marky Delgado, Thomas McNamera -- all will be gone by the time the Rapids are up on the board. That leaves back-up caliber players, which the Rapids really don't need.
Funny enough, the 8th player listed on Alicia's list is... Nathan Sturgis, who was traded for Carlos Alvarez last season from the Rapids to the Goats. Past him, the names are mostly either old, raw, ineffective or expensive, guys like Nigel Reo-Coker and Ryan Finley. (And Marvin Chavez!)
And after those, you've got a bunch of players who we can't even be sure will be involved, like our old friend Martin Rivero. Should it be disconcerting that so many former Rapids players are available here? Either way, the question might not be who the Rapids draft in the Dispersal Draft. The question might end up being if there is anyone there that is worth drafting at all.
If any, what player do you think the Rapids should take?