Walker Zimmerman (Furman) poses with a jersey after being selected as the number seven overall pick to FC Dallas in the 2013 MLS Superdraft at the Indiana Convention Center. - Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
We're talking SuperDraft picks, Brek Shea transfer rumors, and more!
So we're two days removed from what turned out to be a very entertaining (especially the early first round) SuperDraft. There were a few surprises and a few teams that made some really smart moves. FC Dallas made some interesting picks taking defender Walker Zimmerman at No. 7 and midfielder Ryan Hollingshead was selected at No. 20.
Coach Schellas Hydman tells Mark Norris at FCDallas.com that he was was very pleased (despite picking someone who may not even WANT to play in MLS) with the way the FCD's draft went.
"A player that could go number one or two -- for us to get at number seven. For us it’s the first time in a while that the ball has bounced right for us."
Zimmerman is most definitely a steal at 7th but did we really need another defender? Of course if last year taught us anything it's that you can never have too many center backs! Hollinshead........well that's a whole different story. I know that it was a 2nd round pick but could we have not found someone that would be a little more.....desirous of playing? Time will tell, that's for sure.
"I just want to get there and work hard and learn from my veteran teammates. I’m just going to try and make Dallas home and do my best to get on the field and to play well and do all I can."
Welcome sir! I know we're all looking forward to your help this season.
All of FC Dallas will be getting back to it on Sunday and the teams preseason schedule has just been realeased. It's going to be fun seeing MLS get back to action.
Brian Straus at The Sporting News wrote a great article about the three teams that needed the most out of the draft and how they ended up doing.
Not surprisingly, the three clubs most desperate for a reversal in fortune approached the draft in Indianapolis in different ways. For the New England Revolution, it was an opportunity to add bodies. For Toronto FC, it was about adding funds for the future and making a commitment to frustrated fans. And for Chivas USA, which had only one selection, the draft offered the club’s new management team the opportunity to cement a return to its roots.
It was a blast trying to figure out what Toronto was going to do with every pick they had in the first round. They ended up with a ton of allocation money. I've heard rumblings of a move for Kenny Cooper...... Stay tuned!
There's hundreds of different articles all over the web that have graded MLS teams on how their draft went. The Armchair Analyst, Mathew Doyle, has broken it down with a very simple yet effective system.
Grading the SuperDraft is an exercise in futility until about three years down the road. That won’t stop me, however, from putting this one up for posterity.
Instead of assigning letter grades, we’re going by tier.
He's a little harsh on the Hoops but probably dead on.
So I guess we should talk about it....
Taylor Twellman dropped this stinky little nugget right in our laps yesterday afternoon:
Stoke and FC Dallas have come to terms for the sale of Brek Shea. Pending on 2 days of physical testing he will be sold to EPL. $3.5m range— Taylor Twellman (@TaylorTwellman) January 18, 2013
That one tweet set off a firestorm on the FCD Twitterverse not seen since Kevin Hartman was let go!
Fear not though Hoops Nation! Well at least for now. European reporter Greg Sletlzer reported something to the contrary.
Just had a few words with a few folks. Stoke City has made an offer in the area of $3 million for FC Dallas winger Brek Shea. The club said no and aren't really looking to sell, but Stoke are still trying to negotiate. As of this moment, I am unaware of any competing offers. Stay tuned.
Hmmmm...... This stinks of the same thing that happened with Geoff Cameron. We'll keep you updated with any new information.
Also, we now know that the Santos Laguna forward Yomeri Reyes is joining the Academy and not the professional team
I want to leave you with a "Where are they now?" kind of story. Remember Fuad Ibrahim? The kid who was once the next Freddy Adu and then turned into.....Freddy Adu. CNN has a really cool story about his call up to the national team of the country of his birth: Ethiopia.
"I was here and there in Austria and Denmark. I didn't find a place where I really fitted in. It didn't go the way I wanted. But this is life. You have to live with it and learn."
Then came the call from Ethiopia.
It will be interesting to see if he can restart his career in one of the biggest tournaments out there. Good luck sir.
It's been a blast as always! See you guys next time.