It's time for Draft No. 15672 of the MLS off-season. For the second straight season, the MLS SuperDraft will be hosted in Philadelphia, and it kicks off today as the college players of America attempt to move themselves forward into the top flight of American soccer.
Colorado has drafted quite well in recent seasons, getting Deshorn Brown and Dillon Powers back in 2013 and picking up potential starter Marlon Hairston and solid prospects John Berner and Jared Watts last season. Unfortunately, it doesn't look likely that another draft coup is likely to occur this time around. Originally, the Rapids would have held the fifth overall pick after their low finish in the 2014 season, but they traded that pick to the Portland Timbers for Danny Mwanga in what now looks like one of the worst moves by the franchise since the Beckerman-Ballouchy trade. Instead, they have only the 19th overall pick in the first round, acquired when Oscar Pareja was sent to Dallas.
In the second round, the Rapids originally had two picks, but shipped their later one to Philadelphia in the Zac MacMath loan. Instead, they will finish the day with the 26th overall selection. With several needs on the roster in a draft year that most analysts are calling rather weak, it's going to be interesting to see where they go with their selections this year. Either way, unlike in 2013, it's going to be very, very difficult for the team to get any starters on a weak squad.
The draft will begin at 10:30 am Mountain Time, and MLS will be holding a live stream of it on their site.