The Colorado Rapids finished the first day of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft by selecting Southern Illinois University Edwardsville goalkeeper John Berner with the 35th overall pick, the 16th in the second round.
The pick was originally acquired from Houston in the Macoumba Kandji trade in February 2012.
MLSsoccer.com editor Simon Borg had this to say about Berner following the MLS Combine: "Berner’s the real deal. The experts will tell you: You can’t teach presence. Berner owns his box and the air above it. He’ll make an MLS roster."
A regular over his final two years in college, he started 19 matches last season and was won his second consecutive conference Goalkeeper of the Year award after posting 6 shutouts and a 0.86 goals against average.
On his bio on MLSsoccer.com, he's described as: "Big wingspan, pretty explosive athletically...Good hand-eye. Strong. Physically a professional frame. Good kicking game. Distribution good, both with throws and with his feet ... He's exceptional in terms of balls in the air. Good organizer and sees the game well ... He's more of your prototypical big organizer goalkeeper. Anything in his range is his. Big presence...What impressed me about him was his presence and leadership. Kept calm with young guys in front of him."
The 3rd & 4th rounds of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft will take place on Tuesday, January 21 via conference call.
College: Southern Illinois Univ., Edwardsville
Date of Birth: February 14, 1991
Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.