YNT Jan 23, 2013
Forward Will Bates, formerly of the Richmond Strikers, was the No. 5 pick by the Seattle Sounders at Tuesday’s MLS Supplemental Draft.
Former Development Academy midfielder Ryan Clark was selected No. 1 by the New York Red Bulls during Tuesday’s MLS Supplemental Draft. Five of the top six picks have ties to the Development Academy.
Clark, a native of Freehold, N.J., played Academy ball for Match Fit Chelsea and wrapped up his senior season with Monmouth University, where he was a four-time All-NEC player and played midfield, forward and defense at various points of his senior season.
Among some of the other noteworthy selections, former U.S. U-17 and U-18 Men’s National Team goalkeeper David Meves was the third overall pick of the Supplemental Draft by the Portland Timbers. The Arlington Heights, Ill., native played for Sockers FC during the Academy’s 2007-08 season. Meves played collegiately for Akron, where he made six saves to lead the Zips to a 1-0 victory against Louisville for the program’s first NCAA crown on Dec. 12, 2010.
The No. 4 overall pick of the MLS Supplemental Draft, defender Jossimar Sanchez, previously played for PDA and was selected by the New England Revolution.
Former Richmond Strikers forward Will Bates of Virginia went fifth overall to the Seattle Sounders and Potomac alum Andy Reimer went No. 6 to the LA Galaxy.
Other first-round picks with Academy ties include former Crossfire Premier defender Anthony Arena (No. 18; Houston Dynamo) and former Cal Odyssey forward Paul Islas (No. 19; Chivas USA).