The Full 90

Draft Analysis: Breaking down the SuperDraft's first round

The Major League Soccer SuperDraft is in the books from here in Kansas City. It was a tremendous spectacle put on by MLS, but it lacked the panache of other drafts. There were no trades -- I hear that's the first time in MLS history that there were no first- or second-round picks traded -- or surprises.

Instead, a lot of teams drafted smartly to help bolster their teams ahead of the 2012 season.

Here is The Full 90's take on the first round.

1. Montreal Impact: Andrew Wenger, D/F, Duke

The Hermann Trophy winner -- the college soccer Heisman -- is about as versatile a player as you'll find. In 2010, he was the ACC Defensive Player of the Year as a stalwart defender. In 2011, he was the Offensive Player of the Year with 17 goals and 8 assists. The most complete player in the draft.

2. Vancouver Whitecaps: Darren Mattocks, F, Akron

The Jamaican speedster is another in a long-line of Akron forwards to go high in the draft following Steve Zakuani, Teal Bunbury and Darlington Nagbe. Mattocks was the most most prized forward in the draft after scoring 21 goals in 22 games in 2011. The Whitecaps have an impressive striking nucleus with Mattocks, Eric Hassli, Camilo Sanvezzo, Omar Salgado and Long Tan.

3. New England Revolution: Kelyn Rowe, M, UCLA

The best attacking midfielder in the draft, Rowe is currently part of the U.S. Under-23 team training for the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament. The Revs needed a goal scorer as last year's leading scorer for the Revs was defensive midfielder Shalrie Joseph. To top it off, forwards Rajko Lekic and Milton Caraglio departed this offseason.

4. Toronto FC: Luis Silva, M, UCSB

The words "smooth" and "classy" were used to describe him after the Combine. Toronto were near the bottom of the league in assists, a creative passer like Silva might helped in that area.

5. Chivas USA: Casey Townsend, F, Maryland

Chivas had a lot of needs heading into the draft and forward was one of them after letting promising striker Justin Braun go to Montreal. Townsend, a quality finisher at Maryland (43 goals in four years at Maryland), should fit that bill.

6. San Jose Earthquakes: Sam Garza, M/F, UCSB

The Texas native wasn't a double-digit scorer in college he will give the Quakes options as he should be able to play down either flank and help the team find quality service for striker Chris Wondolowski.

7. D.C. United: Nick De Leon, M, Louisville

The self-described "finesse" midfielder should get a big boost playing under the tutelage of attacking midfielder Dwayne De Rosario. If De Leon is a good fit, it might give the reigning MLS MVP more freedom to push forward.

8. Portland Timbers: Andrew Jean-Baptiste, D, Connecticut

The Timbers biggest need was on the back-line after allowing 48 goals last year and the athletic Jean-Baptiste was the best-available centerback in the draft.

9. Chicago Fire: Austin Berry, D, Lousiville

The second-best centerback available, Berry (6'2", 185 lbs) could push Cory Gibbs for playing time on a Fire team that improved greatly as the 2011 season went on.

10. Columbus Crew: Ethan Finlay, F, Creighton

This one was simple: The Crew needed some firepower after losing designated player Andres Mendoza and attacking winger Robbie Rogers this offseason. Finlay, a Herman Trophy finalist, netted 43 goals in his Creighton career.

11. FC Dallas: Matt Hedges, D, North Carolina

With the imminent departure of stalwart defender George John, Dallas could use some big bodies on the backline. Hedges (6'4" and 199 lbs.) fits that bill.

12. Toronto FC: Aaround Maund, D, Notre Dame

Major League Soccer's most porous defense in 2011 (59 goals conceded) needed a boost. Maund, a sturdy and poised defender, was projected as an early second rounder, but after Jean-Baptiste, Berry and Hedges went off the board, Toronto went with the next best option.

13. Philadelphia: Chandler Hoffman, F, UCLA

While not in need of another striker with Sebastien Le Toux and Danny Mwanga leading the line, the Union couldn't let a natural-born goalscorer slip past them. Hoffman had been projected as a Top 5 pick in some circles after bulging the net 18 times for UCLA in 2011.

14. Colorado Rapids: Tony Cascio, F, Connecticut

While he didn't have a stellar combine, Cascio should give Colorado's wings a needed infusion of youth and speed. The Rapids let speedster Sanna Nyassi go in the expansion draft, Cascio should slot into that role nicely.

15. Seattle Sounders: Andrew Duran, D, Creighton

Looking to add depth along the back, Seattle took the fifth centerback off the board. Duran, though perhaps a reach in the first, is a skillful defender who can also slip over to play right-back.

16. Sporting Kansas City: Dom Dwyer, F, South Florida

For the third year in a row, Sporting went with a forward in the first round. Dwyer, like CJ Sapong last year, is a mix of speed and strength. He was also, like Sapong, a quality finisher (16 goals in 20 games) in college. The Englishman is a Generation adidas player and was thought to be one of the top forwards in the draft. In a 4-3-3 system like KC run, you can't have too many forwards. Sporting filled the defensive depth need in the second round by picking Coastal Carolina's Cyprian Hedrick.

17. Real Salt Lake: Enzo Martinez, M, North Carolina

When the string-pulling attacking midfielder for the National Champion Tar Heels -- who also is a Generation adidas player -- falls to you this late in the draft, it's almost a no-brainer that you draft him. The Uruguayan-born midfielder was described as "elegant" and "a dynamo" in the post-combine press.

18. Houston Dynamo: Colin Rolfe, F, Louisville

Once the best striking prospect in college soccer, Rolfe suffered through a disappointing season and combine. Though many feel the talent is still there. The Dynamo lost Brian Ching in the expansion draft and could sorely use another option up top.

19. Los Angeles Galaxy: Tommy Meyer, D, Indiana

Despite having one of the best defenses in the league last year, the Galaxy had disaster strike when MLS Defender of the Year Omar Gonzalez tore his ACL while on loan in Germany. The team will need all the bodies it can get and Meyer, an All-Big Ten first teamer was the best defender left.

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