The Colorado Rapids traded down one spot - and picked up another selection - before picking University of Louisville and Generation adidas midfiedler Marlon Hairston with their first pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft. Prior to the selection, Colorado traded its natural 11th pick to New England for the Revolution's 12th and 19th overall selections in the same draft.
The 19-year-old sophomore helped Louisville win the inaugural American Athletic Conference title with three goals and two assists as an attacking midfielder, earning First Team All-Conference honors in 2013. In his freshman year, he played 19 games and finished with three goals and three assists.
He was one of seven players signed to a Generation adidas deal with the League prior to the Draft and will not count against the Rapids' salary budget.
On his bio on MLSsoccer.com, Hairston is described as: "a box-to-box midfielder...he can play anywhere in the midfield or at outside back...impressive technical ability, has great range and pace, a good engine, and more strength than his frame - which is likely even slighter than listed - would indicate. Rather than just relying on speed and skill, however, Hairston has a knack for popping up in the right place at the right time, and having been given lots of freedom in Louisville's formation....With his skill on the ball, he can create a yard of space for himself to shoot or pass the ball, but can also glide by defenders. Having just finished his sophomore year, however, Hairston would be a project for any team that wanted to take him."
With the 19th selection, Colorado picked Notre Dame defender Grant van de Casteele.
College: University of Louisville
Date of Birth: March 23, 1994
Hometown: Jackson, Miss.