Uwem Etuk could be a sleeper pick for FC Dallas. - WVU Athletics/Steven Prunty photo
We know about the bigger names in the draft, but what about some sleeper picks?
FC Dallas owns two good picks in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft, this much we've preached many times before on this blog. While we'll debate who the club will pick at number 7 for weeks to come, that pick in the second round at number 20 and the picks in the Supplemental draft need to be examined as well.
The 2013 draft may not be loaded as we've seen in the past but that shouldn't stop a club like Dallas from finding a hidden gem later in the draft. Dallas was able to get guys like Bobby Warshaw and George John near the end of the first round in each of their drafts. So they do know a thing or two about picking around the number 20 spot.
Here are a few guys to keep an eye out for at the Combine in a couple weeks that may be worth taking a flier on come draft day.
Jimmy Niels (Left back, Georgetown) - This fullback may be a solid option at #20 if he is still available. He's a natural left back, which is always tough to come by in MLS. While FCD may be set at that position for now, adding depth in the back is never a bad option in my book.
Kory Kindle (Left back, CSU Bakersfield) - A speedy fullback that I got to see in person earlier this year when CSU-B played at SMU. Kindle was one of two players worth watching that day for CSU-B (LA Galaxy HGP forward Gyasi Zardes being the other). He may need to improve his defending to be really effective as a fullback in MLS but he reminds me a bit of a guy like Sean Franklin in LA. Good speed as a rookie and someone that has turned out to be a solid player in MLS.
Ian Christianson (Defensive midfielder, Georgetown) - This would be a slap in the Chicago Fire's face if Dallas were able to select one of their former potential Homegrown players. Christainson is a defensive midfielder that has all the tools to be a quality player in MLS. The Fire opted to not sign him to a HGP deal, which made plenty of people take notice of him.
Will Bates (Forward, Virginia) - A forward that had some injury issues in the past. Had Bates been healthy each of the last couple of years he could have come out and earned a GA deal. He's still got plenty offer and if he slips in the draft he would be worth a look even as a Supplemental pick (though I'd be shocked if he fell that far).
Uwem Etuk (Midfielder, West Virginia) - This left midfielder was apart of the D.C. United system before they opted not to sign him to a HGP deal. I got to see plenty of him this past couple of years and while he's grown well as a player, he has the intelligence that I think Schellas Hyndman will like on the field as a outside midfielder. He does well to play up the field and knows when to get back on defense.
Jose Gomez (Attacking midfielder, Creighton) - Some think he'll go high, others tend to believe his College Cup showing did him no good and he'll slip far in the draft. Either way Gomez wouldn't be a bad option to pick up if he is available, even late in the Supplemental rounds. He has a good soccer IQ and would be a good fit to backup David Ferreira and Ricardo Villar.
Luis Soffner (Goalkeeper, Indiana) - He is about the only keeper in the pool that I'd even consider. While I don't want to say he is worth even a look at #20, should he be there in the first round of the Supplemental draft, I'd take him. He did help Indiana win a national title after all.