YNT Jan 17, 2013
Forward Kekuta Manneh, a former Development Academy player with the Texas Rush and Lonestar, was the No. 4 pick of Thursday's MLS SuperDraft by the Vancouver Whitecaps.
At Thursday's 2013 MLS SuperDraft, Chivas USA selected midfielder and former LAFC Academy player Carlos Alvarez with the second overall pick. Alvarez posted a goal and an assist during his team's first game of this year's MLS Combine.
Former Texas Rush Academy and Lonestar forward Kekuta Manneh was the No. 4 pick by the Vancouver Whitecaps.
FC Dallas picked U.S. U-20 MNT defender (a former U.S. U-18 MNT captain) with the No. 7 overall selection.
Rounding out the top 10, the Montreal Impact selected midfielder Blake Smith (formerly of Classics Elite) with the No. 8 pick and the Columbus Crew chose former PDA forward Ryan Finley out of Notre Dame with the ninth overall pick.
At No. 11, the Colorado Rapids chose 2009 U-17/18 Academy Player of the Year and Andromeda product Dillon Powers out of Notre Dame.
Former Potomac Academy player John Stertzer went to Real Salt Lake at No. 12 overall.
Sporting Kansas City chose former Lonestar and Classics Elite Academy player and U.S. U-20 MNT midfielder Mikey Lopez at No. 14.
Former Real Colorado Academy defender Taylor Kemp out of Maryland went to D.C. United at No. 17 overall.
Charlie Rugg, who played for FC Greater Boston's Academy team, capped off the first round of the draft as the No. 19 pick by the LA Galaxy.
The second round included seven former Academy players going off the board: forward Donnie Smith (No. 21 overall; Charlotte Soccer Academy) of UNC Charlotte to the New England Revolution, midfielder Ian Christianson (No. 22; Chicago Fire Academy) of Georgetown to the New York Red Bulls, midfielder Paolo DelPiccolo (No. 27; Colorado Rush) of Louisville to the Montreal Impact, defender Drew Beckie (No. 28; Real Colorado) of the University of Denver to the Columbus Crew, goalkeeper Brad Stuver (No. 32; CASA) of Cleveland State to Montreal, midfielder Danny Delgado (No. 33; Nomads) of the University of San Diego to the San Jose Earthquakes and goalkeeper Luis Soffner (No. 36; St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri) of Indiana to New England.