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United's Picks, Notes [updated with draft list, Gonzalez]

In today's supplemental draft, United selected:

*UCLA defender Brandon Owens (U-17s, U-20s; co-captain of 2003 U-17 world tournament squad)

*West Virginia midfielder Dan Stratford (England native, Fulham academy, WVU's all-time leader in assists and games played)

*Franklin Pierce (N.H.) goalkeeper James Thorpe (starred for Division II champions)

*Bryan Arguez has returned to Europe after collecting his belongings in hometown Miami and is set to join Hertha Berlin for good. The transfer fee is $350,000 with a sell-on clause, which means MLS/DCU will collect a percentage of any future move. No word on his salary, but he figures to at least double his 2007 figure of $76,200.

*I hear there is an outside chance that midfielder Sal Caccavale, waived by the Red Bulls this week, will end up in United training camp. Caccavale, who had one goal in one regular season appearance, had wanted to complete his degree at American University. United was apparently unwilling to trade for his rights because of his inexperience, but at Caccavale's request, the Red Bulls waived him. It remains to be seen whether United will invite him to camp.

*As we first mentioned eight days ago, Universidad Catolica of Chile has been trying to acquire Crew defender Marcos Gonzalez. Today they got him. Transfer fee not revealed.

"Marcos Gonzalez has been a solid contributor to our team over the past two seasons," Crew General Manager Mark McCullers said. "Catolica was very anxious to add Marcos to their roster for their upcoming run in the Copa Libertadores and made an offer that we could not pass up and likely would not have seen again. While we have lost a very capable defender, we have added significant resources to our club that will be reinvested in our continuing effort to improve this team."

jump below for complete supplemental draft list.....

Chicago Fire : MF Kai Kasiguran (Messiah), F Adrian Bumbut (Liberty), MF Zach Pope (Duke), D Steve Bode (Wisconsin-Milwaukee), MF Timothy Conway (Nyack), GK Melford James Jr. (Montevallo).

Chivas USA: F Kraig Chiles (San Diego State), F Javier Ayala-Hill (California State), MF El Hadj-Cisse (North Carolina State), D Andre Sherard (North Carolina).

Colorado Rapids: F Kevin Forrest (Washington), MF Cesar Zambrano (Illinois-Chicago), GK Mike Graczyk (New Mexico), MF Daniel Antunez (Hartford).

Columbus Crew: GK Billy Chiles (Towson), MF Corey Elenio (Evansville), F Lukasz Tumicz (Rhode Island), F/D Zola Short (Virginia).

D.C. United: D Brandon Owens (UCLA), MF Dan Stratford (West Virginia), GK James Thorpe (Franklin Pierce).

FC Dallas: F Yannick Reyering (Virginia), M/D Ben Shuleva (Southern Methodist).

Houston Dynamo: MF Johnny Alcaraz (Westmont), F Craig Thompson (Colorado School of Mines), MF Kieran Hall (Fort Lewis), F James Georgeff (Central Florida).

Kansas City Wizards: MF Pat Healey (Towson), MF Vicente Arze (Mercer), MF Tom Gray (Monmouth), GK Andrew Kartunen (Stanford).

Los Angeles Galaxy: D Michael Gavin (Portland), GK Charles Alamo (California-Riverside), D Greg Folk (UCLA), F/M Daniel De Geer (San Francisco).

New England Revolution: F Mkokheli Dube (Coastal Carolina), D Chris Tierney (Virginia), MF Kyle Altman (Trinity), F Saidi Isaac (Winthrop).

New York Red Bulls: MF Danleigh Borman (Rhode Island), MF Michael Palacio (Stony Brook), D John Gilkerson (Winthrop), D/M Manuel Laurent (Brown).

Real Salt Lake: F Tino Nunez (UC Santa Barbara), MF Kevin Reiman (Michigan State), F Kenny Anaba (Cincinnati).

San Jose Earthquakes: F Adam Smarte (California-Santa Cruz), F Tim Bohnenkamp (Creighton), D Greg Curry (UC Santa Barbara), D Tim Jepsen (Duke).

Toronto FC: F Xavier Balc (Ohio State).

By Steve Goff  |  January 24, 2008; 4:44 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Comments

With a killer name like that, I would sign him on the spot.

Posted by: Ed | January 24, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

I thought that DCU had 4 picks?

Posted by: JSF | January 24, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Do you have the Revs picks by any chance?

Posted by: Matt | January 24, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Did anybody take Yannick Reyerink?

Posted by: DCAustinite | January 24, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

United traded a pick as part of the Burch deal last year.

I have not seen any other team selections.

Posted by: Goff | January 24, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Where is the complete supple. draft? Why isn't it on mlsnet.com?

Posted by: McBride | January 24, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Dan Stratford. Englishman. Nickname "The Bard."

In sooth I hope this pans out. Think of the possibilities.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | January 24, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

If memory serves, Owens acquitted himself well with the U-17s. Perhaps this might turn into a solid selection. The others seem like long-shots, but worthwhile, too.

Posted by: Fisch Fry | January 24, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure the league is compiling all 50+ selections for the master list now.


Posted by: Goff | January 24, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

I believe journalists once voted Jim Thorpe best American athlete of the first half of the 20th century!

Can't say I've heard too much about the other 2 guys.

Actually Brandon Owens was a top prospect at the US youth team level but had a knee injury:

'A US player all the way up, U14, U16, U17, U20... but had his career derailed by a torn ACL at UCLA in 2006. He should just now be rounding back into top form. Terrific athlete with all the tools to be a fantastic pro defender either in the middle or wide. UCLA's first four-time All-Pac-10 honoree since 2003. Has everything you want in a pro defender, fast, big, powerful, strong, and with above average feet for a defender."

http://www.3rddegree.net/2008/01/top-ten-interesting-players-for-the-supplemental-draft/

Joe Mauceri (I believe he posts here sometimes) rated him the best remaining defender after the SuperDraft:

Brandon Owens (UCLA): PAC10 Honorable Mention. Right back with good athleticism recovering from ACL. Speculative pick with high upside if he recovers fully

http://proplayerpipeline.wordpress.com/

Joe also rated Thorpe the 3rd best remaining keeper (after Towson's Billy Chiles and St John's Jason Landers):

"James Thorpe (Franklin-Pierce): 3 time D2 All-American and 4 time All-Northeast10 GK. In the championship game, he was shaky and he's pretty short. I'd invite him to camp to see how he can play. He's worth a flyer. "

Can't find as much about Dan Stratford, but I think some rated him highly. He may also have some lingering injury issues or maybe people thought, that as a Englishman, he was unlikely to stay in America.

I'm sure Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard will breathe a sigh of relief at the news...

Posted by: garbaggio | January 24, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

So, if everyone projected/drafted signs our international situation is:

1. Emilio
2. Fred
3. Kpene
4. Martinez
5. Niell
6. Gallardo
7. Peralta
8. Stratford?

Does Deroux have a green card? Any dizarre chance Stratford does?

Posted by: bluemeanies | January 24, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

make that bizarre

Posted by: bluemeanies | January 24, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Dan Stratford's bio page from WVU website:

http://www.msnsportsnet.com/profile.cfm?id=100873

Posted by: garbaggio | January 24, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

De Roux has a green card. I like the pick-up of Owens - provides cover at CB and RB.

I guess that McTavish gave some scouting tips about his former WV teammate, Stratford.

Posted by: Zman | January 24, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Thorpe is an unbelievable athelete. If he was taller he'd have been a high pick. In terms of athleticism and keeper skills he rates highly, but he's small.

Posted by: Anthony | January 24, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: DCU_Rick | January 24, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Goff.

At least Mark Simpson has experience with short GKs, he has a benchmark. Interesting we'd not take the local GK, maybe someone else did first. Hope a good cheap extra right back works out, Namoff deserves to rest once in a while :)

Posted by: Lonnie | January 24, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

*I hear there is an outside chance that midfielder Sal Caccavale, waived by the Red Bulls this week, will end up in United training camp. Caccavale, who had one goal in one regular season appearance, had wanted to complete his degree at American University. United was apparently unwilling to trade for his rights because of his inexperience, but at Caccavale's request, the Red Bulls waived him.

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So let's see.
Juan Pablo Angel helps get Marcelo Gallardo interested in playing in MLS......for United.

Now we have this kid who looks promising asking the Red Bull to waive him.....so he can play.....for us.

The comedy gold just keeps coming.

What's next, DC signing Metro youth academy players? That would be classic!

Posted by: Comedy Gold | January 24, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Comedy Gold | January 24, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Reyering to Dallas -- with Ruiz gone, not a bad place for him.

Posted by: RK | January 24, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

FYI that's an incomplete list.

Posted by: RK | January 24, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Caccavale's a nifty player. Fast and with some tricks. He's tiny. I'd see him as fitting best playing either side of a front three.

Posted by: Berts | January 24, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Why did Toronto pass on its selections after taking Xavier Balc? I know these guys are long shots to make the roster, let alone make significant contributions during the season, but why not roll the dice?

Posted by: noptov52 | January 24, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

54 days to the first home match!

Posted by: Curious | January 24, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Does anything know anything about Kasiguran, from perennial small-school contender Messiah? Aren't there some Soccer Insider aficionados in the land of Gros, Olsen, and the giant-killing City Islanders?

Posted by: 22201 | January 24, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Owens and Stratford sound promising and could become good players down the road.

Does anybody know if Stratford is an attacking midfielder?

Posted by: United fury | January 24, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Random questions

Is Zach Pope related to Eddie Pope? Is North Carolina big enough for two, unrelated Popes?

Colorado School of Mines has a soccer team?

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | January 24, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Indeed there are a few of us in that area...unfortunately none of my friends from Messiah pay attention to their team and I'm in Switzerland during the season...

Isn't Olsen from Philadelphia? Central PA is not Philly (though I'd wouldn't mind claiming the bearded one)

Posted by: Skyler | January 24, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Does anything know anything about Kasiguran, from perennial small-school contender Messiah? Aren't there some Soccer Insider aficionados in the land of Gros, Olsen, and the giant-killing City Islanders?

Posted by: 22201 | January 24, 2008 06:32 PM

Owens and Stratford sound promising and could become good players down the road.

Does anybody know if Stratford is an attacking midfielder?

Posted by: United fury | January 24, 2008 06:34 PM
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22201-I saw Kai play this year. He has some ball skills, but will need to speed up his game to adapt to the speed of MLS. Although a 4-time D3 AA, he's not guaranteed to make MLS roster. I chatted with him at the draft and he was expecting to be drafted, but was enjoying talking to some of the guys from the combine.

United Fury - He was a central mf (I wouldn't necessarily call him an AM). I caught a few WV games on tape, and he would drift out wide. I expect that he'll need to play central D to play for DCU. He took many of the set pieces at the combine and WVU.

Prospect - at best.

Overall not a bad supp draft for DCU.

Posted by: JSF | January 24, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Olsen grew up in the shadow of Three Mile Island. Perhaps he's a real-life Spiderman.

Albright and Convey are products of Philly.

Posted by: 22201 | January 24, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

In November I watched an NCAA tournament game on the Internet in which Stratford nailed a free kick into the upper 90 for the game-winning goal. And you don't become an all-time assist leader without some attacking skills.

Posted by: 22201 | January 24, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

For a Supplemental Draft, I think we made out pretty well. Owens was a starter for UCLA's team that was the preseason #1. Makes Vanney even more expendable. And Stratford could maybe challenge Dyachenko for playing time as a reserve CAM. Big problem though if he doesn't have a green card.

Posted by: DCUMD | January 24, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Disappointing to see 4 cavaliers taken in both drafts, but none going to D.C.

Posted by: Glaucon | January 24, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

I remember DC giving a Messiah player a chance through one of the drafts a few years ago. Hayden Woodward, was it?

Posted by: Jared | January 24, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

How much would you pay to see this dude in the Fire kit?!?1?

F Adrian Bumbut (Liberty)

Posted by: edgeonyou | January 24, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Toronto has problems getting more than one guy because of the number of US players it can get.

Posted by: Izzy | January 24, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Being a regular Messiah follower, I've seen Kai multiple times over the last four years. His skill and technique is quite good, he's smart (Academic AA as well as Div III player of the year in 07) and I would not be surprised if he made the Fire roster.

Posted by: Joe Doc | January 24, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Steven do you anything about this:

Starting this season, do international developmental players count towards the 8 player per team international player rule?

I don't think MLS has made that specific distinction anywhere about foreigners on the developmental vs. full roster and their status...

Posted by: Pete | January 24, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

well, I can see what they are doing with Jim Thorpe - he'll be (hopefully) the third stringer developmental player behind Nolly and Carvallo.

did you know that the more famous Jim Thorpe won gold medals in the pentathlon and decathlon and played professional football, baseball, and basketball ! DCU fan alert: May 28 is national Jim Thorpe day - we should honor that in some fashion.

Posted by: diego r. | January 24, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

"How much would you pay to see this dude in the Fire kit?!?1?

F Adrian Bumbut (Liberty)"


Did you mean because of the name, or the fact that he played for the Liberty Flames?

Posted by: Taylor | January 24, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

EARTH SHATTERING NEWS!!

Tim Brandt, of channel 7 in DC, actually had the Jaime re-signing on his 6 o'clock sports show. He even showed two Jaime highlights which is two more than he showed the entire season!!

Delantero

Posted by: hell hath frozen over | January 24, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Can anybody explain or point me to a Wiki entry that explains why universities in South America sponsor/own pro soccer teams? I'm not being facetious -- I really wanna know. Evidently their system ain't like the NCAA, but...

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"As we first mentioned eight days ago, Universidad Catolica of Chile has been trying to acquire Crew defender Marcos Gonzalez. Today they got him. Transfer fee not revealed."

Posted by: Juan-John | January 24, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Junior Agogo sighting!

The former Rapids scorer has been in England for several years but earlier today scored his country's only goal as Ghana beat stubborn Namibia 1-0 in the African Nations Cup.

http://soccernet.espn.go.com/report?id=233710&cc=5901

Posted by: garbaggio | January 24, 2008 11:34 PM | Report abuse

Goff,

Now that we have Moreno for 2 more years and we know Adu isn't coming back can you demand that he demands the #9 jersey?

Besides the fact he can't even use the #99 for most of our international tourneys.

Posted by: no more 99 | January 25, 2008 8:21 AM | Report abuse

Thorpe was the Division II player of the year, and set the all-division record for most minutes played in a college career. So he's probably not very prone to injury...

Posted by: DCUMD | January 25, 2008 8:27 AM | Report abuse

As far as the draft and development players how does the Chicago Fire and Colorado Rapids U-23 PDL teams fit into the equation?

Aren't they making the draft system almost pointless since they are grabbing talent before they have the chance to get drafted and absorbing them in their youth systems?

Also what's the status on DC United youth soccer system and do we have any plans of having a U-23 PDL team?

Posted by: Southeasterner | January 25, 2008 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Sorry,

I forgot about the Super Y League. Still seems strange that the SYL, ODP and PDL are operated by USL, not MLS and that the lines between MLS and USL keep getting more and more blurry. My fear is that more European teams will get involved in USL (like Austin) and that MLS will lose a lot of top young American talent, which on the business side means a lot of lost income that they could have gotten on the transfer market.

It would be nice to see the US Youth Soccer, USSF, USL, MLS and NCAA sit down at a table and really get the US youth soccer system in order instead of doing it independently.

Posted by: Southeasterner | January 25, 2008 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Accepting that Reyering and Cooper are both recovering from injury, doesn't this mean that by June Dallas could have a starting strike force of 6'3" and 6'5" ? That's going to be pretty hard for any MLS team to defend on set pieces/corners/crosses...

Posted by: J | January 25, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

my guess is that united will never get a stadium in DC. especialy if this comes to pass.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/01/24/AR2008012403804.html

Posted by: steve-o | January 25, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

DCU should just give up on a stadium in the district for now. Maybe they can be "lured" back later on.

Posted by: gilbert | January 25, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Disappointing to see 4 cavaliers taken in both drafts, but none going to D.C.

Posted by: Glaucon | January 24, 2008 07:33 PM
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For at least a part of its existence, the NASL had a rule that dictated that at least some of each team's draft picks had to be from schools in its neighborhood, in the apparent hope that the local angle would increase interest in the event among the media and sports fans generally.

Posted by: 22201 | January 25, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

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