No. 1 pick still a mystery as SuperDraft approaches
Unlike a year ago, when Montreal's choice clearly came down to Andrew Wenger or Darren Mattocks, there's some mystique surrounding the first pick of Thursday's 2013 MLS SuperDraft (12 pm ET, watch live online).
For much of the buildup to Thursday's 38 selections, Louisville's physically imposing and surprising skillful defender Andrew Farrell has been the prohibitive favorite to hear his name called first. But that's certainly no guarantee with stock rising and dropping at the MLS Combine in Fort Lauderdale, and one Canadian journalist is already predicting Toronto FC will go another way with the first of their two top-three picks. Meanwhile, another says a trade for more established talent may yet be the way to go for TFC boss Kevin Payne.
One position where the Ontario club seems set from an experience perspective is central midfield. TFC announced the signing of former Sporting KC midfielder Julio Cesar on Tuesday morning.
No matter what Toronto do, it seems Chivas USA have already made up their minds. That is, if you believe colorful manager José Luis Sánchez Solá – a.k.a. "El Chelís" – when he says the decision has essentially already been made. According to Chelís, UConn's Carlos Alvarez will get his wish and go at No. 2 to the Goats. What do you think of his big reveal? Misguided strategy or a crafty way to shift attention from Chivas' real targets?
For now, the MLSsoccer.com staff agrees with Chelís: Alvarez is the No. 1-ranked attacking midfielder in the latest SuperDraft top 10.