Now that the regular season is over for FC Dallas, one thing I've been wanting to touch base on more around here is some early talk about next January's SuperDraft.
As you all may be aware of by now, FC Dallas owns the 5th overall selection in that draft and will be in good standing to snag a potentially good player to help with next year's re-build.
Obviously a ton, and I must emphasize that, a ton can change between now and then for the club and for the players I am about to talk about. The college season isn't over yet and some players may or may not declare for the SuperDraft. Not to mention, there is always the possibility of a trade that could see Dallas move out of that spot. I mainly wanted to get the ball rolling on discussing some players for you all to keep on your radar as we move forward in the offseason.
I should also stress that I am not going to be discussing Homegrown players in these SuperDraft articles, those will come in separate pieces should they need to happen. To be perfectly honest, I don't see FC Dallas signing any of their academy alum in college right now, most players are at least a year away in my estimation.
So getting started today, I'll give you a few possible Generation adidas players along with a couple other seniors that might be worth a look. I'll continue to write about various players in the coming weeks, this is just going to be a small sampling today. (Cheap plug, you can also find more of my SuperDraft work on my other blog as well)
Potential Generation adidas players
Marlon Hairston, So., M, Louisville - Scouts love this kid and for good reason. He's shown well in past youth national team camps and has done well this year for the Cardinals. He only has two goals and three assists on the season but what he brings is a great work ethic to the table. He has the pace to cover the field in a box-to-box kind of role, and some have equated him to a younger version of Shalrie Joseph.
Omar Holness, Fr., M, UNC - The Jamaican U-20 National team vice-captain has the ability to move to the next level right now. On the season he has one goal and two assists.
Can't Miss Seniors
Patrick Mullins, Sr., F, Maryland - He's a reigning first-team All-America selection and a finalist for the Hermann Trophy in 2012, is widely viewed as the best player in college soccer at the moment. He leads Maryland with 12 goals and five assists on the season.
A.J. Corrado, Sr., M, Indiana - Only two goals and five assists for the midfielder. But what I enjoy about his game is the fact that he can set up an attack out of nothing. Last year he had 12 assists in the Hoosiers run to a national title. Put good players around him and he will do a ton of work in the center of the park too.
Steve Neumann, Sr., F, Georgetown - Neumann has 10 goals and six assists on the season. Last year he helped lead the Hoyas to the College Cup finals. He also had 13 assists last season.
Jared Watts, Sr., M, Wake Forest - To me Watts is the type of defensive midfielder you want on your roster. He does a ton of the dirty work in the middle of the park and he has the ability to get in an put a hard (but clean) tackle on the opposing team's playmaker.