Rapids in line to select 6th overall in 2013 MLS SuperDraft

Colorado enter offseason with eight combined draft picks in SuperDraft and Supplemental Draft

When the Rapids closed the 2012 regular season with a 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo, it left the club with an 11-19-4 record and 37 points, but settled one question moving into the offseason. With Colorado finishing 14th out of 19 MLS teams, the Rapids are in line to select 6th overall in next year’s MLS SuperDraft.

If MLS maintains the draft format from last season, the SuperDraft will consist of two rounds, with the Rapids selecting 6th in each.  Colorado’s second round selection will be the 25th overall pick.

However, the Rapids also picked up an additional second round pick in the Wells Thompson trade with the Chicago Fire. The conditions of the trade were met, meaning that Colorado receives the Fire’s natural second round SuperDraft selection. The exact placement of this pick will be determined by Chicago’s performance in the MLS Cup Playoffs, and could be as high as 11th in the round (30th overall) if the Fire lose the Knockout Round match, or as low as 19th (38th overall) if Chicago wins MLS Cup.

The Rapids’ three selections in the first two rounds of the MLS SuperDraft will be the most the club has had since the inaugural SuperDraft in 2000, when Colorado had three picks in the first round, and one in the second. That year, the Rapids took goalkeeper Adin Brown (3rd overall) and defenders Wes Hart (7th) and Alan Woods (10th). 

Colorado should also have three picks in the first two rounds of the Supplemental Draft, owning both their natural selections and also having acquired an additional pick in the trade that brought Brian Mullan to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park and sent Colin Clark to Houston. The pick was originally a fourth rounder in the MLS SuperDraft, but with that draft being shortened to two rounds, it should fall in the second round of the Supplemental Draft.

Below are the Rapids’ expected picks in next year’s drafts:

MLS SUPERDRAFT

Round 1: 6th overall

Round 2: 25th overall

Round 2: Chicago Fire’s natural selection (TBD)

MLS SUPPLEMENTAL DRAFT:

Round 1: 6th overall

Round 2: 25th overall

Round 2: Houston Dynamo’s natural selection (TBD)

Round 3: 44th overall

Round 4: 63rd overall

The Rapids had just one pick in last year’s MLS SuperDraft, selecting Tony Cascio (pictured above) with the 14th overall pick out of the University of Connecticut. Cascio finished his excellent debut season with three goals and three assists in 29 games (18 starts). His 1692 minutes were the most by a Rapids rookie since Nat Borchers in 2003.