MLS SuperDraft 2011 - Live Chat Tomorrow

The Chicago Fire is hosting a live chat during the draft tomorrow starting at 10:45 am.  Join Fire team writer Jeff Crandall, the Daily Herald's Orrin Schwarz, MLSsoccer.com's Sam Stejskal, and me in discussing the draft live as it happens.  Stop in and comment on the draft or share your thoughts on the Fire's selections and MLS.  It should be fun to see comments and responses coming through in real time!

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  • This years MLS SuperDraft is very interesting and critical for the Chicago Fire. They have a lot of holes to fill from the striker position to center back. Even though this is off the topic but Simon Borg on ExtraTime made Anthony Ampaipitakwong the worst soccer player that ever came out of college. His scouting report on the Akron midfielder is that he is too slow and loses the ball easily.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    His stock dropped but he'll get picked in the second round somewhere I think.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    Charlie Corr's draft outlook with some comments from Klopas......

    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/fire/post/_/id/876/draft-represents-blip-on-fires-busy-agenda

  • In reply to longoria3:

    nice. i hope work is slow and i can follow along.

    you going to put together a mock draft??? i know it's just a guessing game, but i'd be interested in your take on the top players and all the teams' needs.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    by the way, i know you do this on the side and might not have the time...was just a thought...

  • In reply to Drew:

    Drew,
    A mock draft is something I thought about doing since I've spent some time watching video and reading up on players but I decided to focus mainly on the Fire's prospects. A mock draft is a total guessing game, made even more difficult to predict due to the inclusion of the internationals available for selection. I am thinking about doing a "best available" before the draft takes place though.

  • In reply to Drew:

    Here are my best players available in 2011 MLS SuperDraft:

    1. Darlington Nagbe F Akron
    2. Kofi Sarkodie D Akron
    3. Will Bruin F Indiana
    4. Perry Kitchen M/D Akron
    5. AJ Soares D California
    6. Jalil Anibaba D North Carolina
    7. Omar Salgado F US-Under 20
    8. Joao Plata F Ecuador
    9. Corey Hertzog F Penn State
    10. Zarek Valentin D Akron
    11. Zak MacMath G Maryland
    12. Anthony Ampaipitakwong M Akron
    13. Cole Grossman M Duke
    14. Michael Boxall D UCSB
    15. Michael Nanchoff M Akron
    16. Ashley McInnes M/F Tulsa
    17. John Rooney M England
    18. Michael Farfan M North Carolina
    19. Tyler Lassiter D North Carolina State
    20. CJ Sapong F James Madison

  • In reply to longoria3:

    Is Tyler Lassiter related to former NCSU-Mutiny standout Roy Lassiter? Gotta be.

  • In reply to oliotya:

    No he is not.

  • In reply to Drew:

    According to this article, Nery Castillo is negotiating his way back to Greece........

    http://www.mediotiempo.com/futbol/internacional/noticias/2011/01/12/nery-castillo-en-negociaciones-para-regresar-a-grecia

    According to the report, Castillo said through his Facebook account that "Some people may be confused by remarks made by my brother Alex Castillo. For those who don't know, I'm in Greece and we're negotiating with a European club. Hopefully everything goes well and we can make the move. All I can say is we will keep you informed through my Facebook or his. Thank you all for your support."

    The article seems to imply that some outlets still believe Castillo is avaialble since he was left unprotected.

  • In reply to cesba:

    I hate him. He sucks. Let him go.

  • In reply to ChicagoFire8:

    yeah, if we can get out of that contract, i'd do it in a heartbeat.

  • In reply to ChicagoFire8:

    The Chicago Fire take UNC defender Jalil Anibaba, who was the MVP of the combine.

    sounds pretty good for 9th pick, eh?

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    him and Watson-Siriboe in the middle... could be niiiiice

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    How to buy a World Cup......

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203513204576047681613086452.html

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    couple forwards picked in 3rd round of draft

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Herrick from Maryland scored 11 goals 6 assist in 2010 and he is from Elmhurst,IL. Paul is short but he had 14 assists with California. Paul has a potential to be a Chris Rolfe type player.

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Goalkeeper Jon Conway is the player to be named later in the trade with Toronto FC

  • In reply to cesba:

    What does that mean for Andrew Dykstra? Outside back for PTNL would had made more sense for emergency in case Segares or Kinney goes down with an injury.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    one of em would be on reserve team probly?

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    bingo

  • In reply to cesba:

    GR -- since I haven't historically followed the Super Drafts, I am ignorant of the criteria for selecting players to be included. Specifically, I was surprised to see the non-college players, Plata and Rooney, included. How did these guys get in?? Who selects them and the other college players?

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    just a guess here - is it for anyone who was at the MLS combine?

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    MLS determines the player pool. They are going to have to sort out the "international" roster spot rule at some point since these draft entry internationals count against the number of internationals on each roster.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Thanks CC and GR

  • In reply to Drew:

    Here's my Best Available List

    1. Perry Kitchen
    2. Darlington Nagbe
    3. Jalil Anibaba
    4. Will Bruin
    5. Kofi Sarkodie
    6. Corey Hertzog
    7. AJ Soares
    8. Zarek Valentin
    9. Cole Grossman
    10. Michael Nanchoff
    11. Joao Plata
    12. Stephen McCarthy
    13. Michael Farfan
    14. Bobby Warshaw
    15. Zak MacMath
    16. Omar Salgado
    17. Michael Tetteh
    18. Victor Estupinan
    19. Justin Meram
    20. Eddie Ababio
    21. Anthony Ampaipitakwong
    22. Greg King
    23. Curtis Ushedo
    24. Paolo Cardozo
    25. Demetrius Omphroy

  • In reply to Drew:

    Tough to judge some of the internationals since most of what we've seen or know about players like Plata is based on the Combine over the last few days. Plata was impressive on Saturday but came back to earth against some of the better defenders later, although it's hard to ignore his flair - something that is lacking in MLS in general. Some mock drafts have him as high as #6 and others as low as #33.

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