2011 MLS SuperDraft

The Major League Soccer 2011 SuperDraft started at noon on ESPN2, but Indiana’s Will Bruin finally heard his name called just before 1 o’clock.

Bruin was drafted No. 11 overall by the Houston Dynamo, who traded up to get that spot. The No. 11 pick started the day in the hands of Seattle, was traded to Portland and then to Houston at the last minute.

Bruin was expected to go in the top five, possibly as high as No. 3 overall, but some surprising moves by teams at the top of the draft left Bruin waiting and waiting.

IU teammate Rich Balchan had the opposite experience. Largely expected to go in the second round, Balchan followed right behind Bruin, getting drafted by the Columbus Crew at No. 12 overall. Former Hoosier Danny O’Rourke is also on the Crew roster.

4:15 p.m. UPDATE
Just got off the phone with Will Bruin from Baltimore. He admitted to feeling like Aaron Rodgers as he slid down the draft board but was happy with the end result.

“It was definitely a good experience, nerve-wracking, but it worked out in end. You hear a bunch of things from different people, and nothing ever goes according to plan.”

3 comments

  1. It is great to get some info on the MLS Draft. But can’t they pay you enough and give you enough “inches” to tell us about the “some surprising moves by teams at the top of the draft”? I would like to know more. I think that both players will play and produce in the MLS.

  2. BeatPurdue,
    All you have to do is ask. I think it’s fair to say most Scoop readers are casual soccer fans that don’t want a breakdown of the top 10 picks.

    Anyway, Vancouver went No. 1 with Omar Salgado, a 17-year-old that has played with both the Mexico and U.S. U-20 national teams, but was not expected to go nearly that high.

    That bumped players that weren’t expected to be available down, allowing D.C. United to grab Akron defender Perry Kitchen at No. 3, which was where Bruin was projected to go in most mock drafts. Akron had five players go in the top eight picks.

    At No. 5, the Philadelphia Union were thought to be interested in Bruin or Penn State’s Corey Hertzog but went with Maryland GK Zac MacMath.

    A lot of the top 10 was looking for defenders and they got them. Kansas City needed a forward at No. 10 but made CJ Sapong of James Madison another surprise pick.

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