Tracking Down the Draft: The Latest Rapids Draft Information

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With the trade that the Rapids made Thursday the team was able to add one more pick in the 2005 MLS SuperDraft. Before the transaction the Rapids held only two picks in the Draft (7th and 43rd overall). With the trade and Draft order shuffle that followed Colorado has three Draft picks while having paid off all of the debts that they had with other teams for previous transactions from past years.

With the couple of trades that the Rapids made in the last couple of hours the team was able to add one more pick in the 2005 MLS SuperDraft.

The picks that are noted in Bold are the ones that Colorado either still holds or originally held. If they no longer belong to the team there will be a short explanation as to what happened with those picks.

Here is the most updated MLS Draft order (with the transactions focusing primarily on the Rapids) as of 5:30 p.m. (MT) on January 13 2005:

ROUND 1
1 Real Salt Lake
2 CD Chivas USA
3 Chicago
4 FC Dallas
5 Los Angeles (from SJ trade on 01-12-04)
6 San Jose (from LA trade on 01-12-04)
7 Colorado
8 Los Angeles (from CLB)^
9 New England
10 Los Angeles^
11 Kansas City
12 D.C. United&

ROUND 2
13 Real Salt Lake
14 CD Chivas USA
15 FC Dallas (from CHI)**
16 Kansas City from Colorado (Trade 01-13-05)
17 San Jose
18 Chicago (from MET)
19 D.C. United from Colorado + (Allocation for Alberto Delgado 6-29-04)
20 Columbus (from COL CLB)
21 New England
22 Los Angeles
23 Columbus (from KC)
24 Kansas City (from DC)

ROUND 3
25 Chicago (from RSL)
26 CD Chivas USA
27 FC Dallas (from CHI)
28 KC (from FCD)**
29 San Jose
30 San Jose (from MET)
31 San Jose from Colorado % (Rights to Joe Cannon 08-19-03)
32 San Jose (from CLB)
33 Colorado from KC (Trade 01-13-04)
34 Los Angeles
35 Chicago (from KC)
36 Chicago from Colorado < (Trade for Rey Martinez 06-11-04) Colorado acquired this pick from KC (Trade 01-13-04)

ROUND 4
37 Real Salt Lake
38 CD Chivas USA
39 Chicago
40 FC Dallas
41 San Jose from Colorado % (Rights to Joe Cannon 08-19-03)
42 San Jose (from MET)
43 Colorado
44 Columbus
45 New England
46 Los Angeles
47 Kansas City
48 D.C. United#

CONDITIONAL PICKS BASED ON PAST TRADES:

% SJ receives Colorado's highest 2005 3rd and 4th round picks

+ DC receives Colorado's highest 2005 2nd round pick

# SJ receives DC's highest 2005 3rd round pick. If no 3rd round picks SJ receives DC's natural 4th round pick

** KC receives FC Dallas 2005 2nd round pick if not available KC receives natural 3rd round in 2005 and 2006

^ Chicago receives a 1st round pick from LA (either LA MET or CLB) at LA's choice

& MetroStars receive either Top 30 pick in 2005 or Top 20 pick in 2006 at DC's choice; in addition to 1st round in 2005 or 2006 at MetroStars' choice

< Chicago receives a Colorado 3rd round pick; if not available Colorado's natural 2nd round will be used

NOTE: Dallas receives MetroStars’ 2006 natural 1st and 2nd rounds but MetroStars may provide 2005 1st round instead if they acquire such pick prior to the SuperDraft.

In the days preceding the 2005 MLS SuperDraft a selection of 74 players will participate in the annual adidas MLS Player Combine which will be held for the second consecutive year at The Home Depot Center in Carson California from January 8-11 2005.

MLS general managers and members of all 12 MLS coaching staffs will be in attendance during the four-day combine to scout the top talent in America. A total of 42 players who participated in the 2004 Player Combine were later selected in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft in which a total of 60 players were drafted.