The final two rounds of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft were held today via conference call. Unlike last week's two rounds in Philadelphia, today's were not only quicker but definitely less eventual. That being said, FC Dallas had two picks to deal with, both the fifth selection in each round.
In the third round FC Dallas came away with defender Nicholas Walker from the University of Fairleigh Dickinson. Walker was a four-year starter there. He was a all-North Atlantic region first team. As a junior in 2012, led FDU to NCAA tournament upset of St. John's. He was apart of the Trinidad & Tobago U-20 international team. He was also part of 25-man camp prior to the U-20 World Cup but was one of the final three players cut.
In the fourth round, FC Dallas took a bit of a flyer with Ecuadorian defender Ronny Mendoza. The six-foot-four defender showed well at times at this year's Combine but is also signed with Manta FC through 2018. Mendoza was featured with his U-20 side during the 2013 South American championships.
At the end of it all, FCD came away with two more defenders from this draft. It will be interesting to see if either of them can do anything in camp or even make it through preseason. Mendoza is certainly an intriguing prospect, one that could be worth watching out for given his back ground.
Still, both players will be competing for the final roster spot that is left at the moment with the team. That should make for good competition. They won't be dealing with any players on trial for the first couple of weeks in the preseason either (this comes from today's press conference).