COMMERCE CITY COLO. (From MLS Reports) – Gary Smith and the Colorado Rapids team staff are currently preparing for the opportunity to select the next young superstars for the club at next Thursday's MLS SuperDraft in St. Louis.
The best of America's young talent from around the nation will be aiming to become future MLS stars next Thursday Jan. 15 when 60 players will be selected in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft.
The Colorado Rapids hold the following picks in this year's SuperDraft: 20 35 37 47 51 53 and 59.
The event will begin at noon MT in St. Louis Mo. in conjunction with the annual convention of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). The first hour of the 2009 MLS SuperDraft will be televised live on ESPN2.
Rapids fans will also be able to check out exclusive interviews and photos with the Rapids' picks live from the SuperDraft on the new Rapids blog which will be made live next Thursday.
Held at the St. Louis Convention Center – America’s Center the 2009 MLS SuperDraft will consist of four rounds of 15 picks each. The first overall selection belongs to Seattle Sounders FC who are set to kick off their inaugural season in MLS this year.
All 15 MLS teams will select from more than 100 players. Only players on a list of draft-eligible players may be selected. The majority of draft prospects are graduating college seniors with no eligibility remaining at their NCAA schools.
Generation adidas players are also eligible for the SuperDraft. Generation adidas is a joint program between MLS and adidas that is dedicated to developing exceptional domestic talent in a professional environment. Each year a handful of top underclassmen and youth national team soccer players are signed to League contracts and placed in the SuperDraft through this program. The 2009 Generation adidas class will be announced in the coming days.
Prior to the 2009 MLS SuperDraft the adidas MLS Player Combine in Fort Lauderdale Fla. allows approximately 70 of the nation’s top prospects to complete a four-day evaluation by MLS coaches and scouts. All combine participants are automatically eligible for the SuperDraft. MLS teams may also submit more players for draft consideration.
The MLS SuperDraft is open to the public at no charge and fans are invited to attend however seating is limited and fans are encouraged to arrive early.
Below are details on the selection order rules and procedures for the 2009 MLS SuperDraft.
2009 MLS SuperDraft order (as of January 13 2009):
1. Seattle Sounders FC
2. Toronto FC (from San Jose)
3. Los Angeles Galaxy
4. Toronto FC
5. FC Dallas
6. D.C. United
7. D.C. United (from Colorado)
8. Kansas City Wizards
9. Chivas USA
10. New England Revolution
11. New York Red Bulls (from Dallas San Jose Houston)
12. Real Salt Lake
13. Toronto FC (from Chicago)
14. FC Dallas (from New York)
15. New England Revolution (from Columbus)
16. Seattle Sounders FC
17. San Jose Earthquakes
18. New York Red Bulls (from Dallas Los Angeles)
19. Chivas USA (from Toronto)
20. Colorado Rapids (from FC Dallas)
21. D.C. United
22. Kansas City Wizards (from Colorado)
23. Kansas City Wizards
24. New England Revolution (from Los Angeles Chivas USA)
25. New England Revolution
26. D.C. United (from Houston)
27. FC Dallas (from Salt Lake)
28. Chicago Fire
29. New York Red Bulls
30. Columbus Crew
31. Seattle Sounders FC
32. San Jose Earthquakes
33. Los Angeles Galaxy
34. Toronto FC
35. Los Angeles Galaxy (from Colorado Dallas)
36. D.C. United
37. Colorado Rapids
38. New England Revolution (from Kansas City)
39. Toronto FC (from Dallas Chivas USA)
40. New England Revolution
41. Houston Dynamo
42. Kansas City Wizards (from Salt Lake)
43. Chicago Fire
44. New York Red Bulls
45. Columbus Crew
46. Seattle Sounders FC
47. Colorado Rapids (from San Jose)
48. Los Angeles Galaxy
49. Los Angeles Galaxy (from Toronto)
50. Kansas City Wizards (from Dallas) *
51. Colorado Rapids (from D.C. United)
52. Chicago Fire (from Colorado)
53. Kansas City Wizards *
54. Real Salt Lake (from Chivas USA)
55. New England Revolution
56. Houston Dynamo
57. Real Salt Lake
58. Chicago Fire
59. Colorado Rapids (from New York Red Bulls)
60. Columbus Crew
* - Per a previous trade Colorado are to receive the lower of KC's 2009 4th round SuperDraft picks. This pick is to be determined 48 hours prior to the 2009 MLS SuperDraft. This trade will not include any future picks KC may receive in 2009 4th round SuperDraft.
Procedural rules for the 2009 MLS SuperDraft
Draft Rounds: The 2009 MLS SuperDraft will include four rounds and 60 selections.
Selection Order: The MLS SuperDraft selection order is determined as follows: The first selection is awarded to Major League Soccer's expansion team Seattle Sounders FC. The next six selections are from teams that did not qualify for the 2008 MLS Cup Playoffs beginning with the team with fewest 2008 regular season points (3 points per win one point per tie). The remaining eight positions are ranked by fewest regular season points among the teams that were eliminated in the same round of the MLS Cup Playoffs.
Selection Clock: Teams are permitted four (4) minutes to make a selection in the First and Second Rounds. Teams are permitted three (3) minutes to make a selection in the Third and Fourth rounds.
Intermissions: There will be a five (5) minute break between each round.
Timeouts: Each team is permitted one (1) five (5) minute timeout. Selections must be made immediately following the timeout (no additional time given). More than two (2) timeouts BY ANY TEAMS cannot be used consecutively.
Failure to Make Selection in Designated Time: Teams that fail to make their selection in time must wait until the next selection is made regardless if their choice is presented prior to the next team's decision. The team that was delinquent with its selection must immediately have its choice in hand following the selection of the team that followed. If not the original team must again wait for the next selection to be made.
Trades: Prior to being announced trades need to be verified and approved by the Commissioner and/or his designee. Trade announcements should not reveal the identity of players until those players have been contacted by their respective clubs. For example Team A trades a "player to be named later" for Team B's first selection.
Team Passing: Once a team has passed it may no longer participate in the Draft (e.g. may no longer select players use a timeout etc.).
St. Louis is home to many of the nation’s best amateur soccer clubs a rich tradition of collegiate excellence a long professional history beginning with the St. Louis Stars an original member of the NASL and is one of six cities being considered for the next round of MLS expansion.
This will be the first time the SuperDraft has been held in St. Louis. From the inaugural draft in 1996 until the 2002 MLS SuperDraft several south Florida cities served as the host for the annual event. Since 2003 the SuperDraft has moved to a new location each year in conjunction with the annual NSCAA convention. Previous host cities include Baltimore Md. Charlotte N.C. Kissimmee Fla. and Kansas City Mo.