The 2008 MLS SuperDraft took place on January 18th in Baltimore, MD. This year the Wizards had 6 picks, including the number one pick:
#1 Chance Myers
With the first overall pick in the draft our Wizards chose UCLA defender Chance Myers. Myers played just two years of college ball collecting a total of 4 goals and 4 assists playing in 42 games. You can probably guess by his hair that he is from Cali, specifically Thousand Oaks, CA. While he is an unexpected pick this high in the draft Myers has been in the eyes of U.S. National team for some time now having played for both the U-18 and U-20 teams. This January Chance was called into the U-23 team’s camp. What I think surprises many people is that we essentially traded Nick Garcia — a proven defender — for Chance Myers, a project player. Why? Simply put, money. Garcia counted for $125,000 against our 2.4 million cap while Chance will count as $0 due to his Generation Adidas status.
#11 Roger Espinoza
With their second pick and eleventh overall in the draft the Wizards chose 5′ 10″ 160 pound midfielder Roger Espinoza out of Ohio State. Originally from Aurora, Colorado he played most of his college ball at Yavapai College (junior college). Playing in 2007, Roger’s only year at Ohio State, he scored three goals and assisted on 3 more playing in 26 games. Playing two years at Yavapai Junior College he scored a total of 7 goals with 6 assists in 50 games.
#23 Yomby William
With the 23rd pick in the draft the Kansas City Wizards have picked defender Yomby William out of Old Dominion University. Originally from Bafoussam, Cameroon he began his college ball at Oschang. At 26 years of age he is a bit old to just be starting at the professional level. What he has going for him is being huge. At 6’4″ 185 pounds he is one of the larger defenders in the league; assuming he has any speed he could turn out to be a decent option off the bench.
#25 Jon Leathers
With the 25th pick the Wizards chose defender Jon Leathers out of Furman University. He grew up in Athens, Georgia where he attended Prince Avenue Christian. He was awarded the Furman Male Athlete of the Year in 2006/2007. Jon was one of the players called into the U.S. U-23 National team that Hohlbein and Harrington traveled with to China recently.
With the 39th pick in the draft the Wizards take midfielder Matt Marquess. Matt is out of Santa Clara and scored 1 goal in his college career and had 4 assists. While listed as a midfielder he played two NCAA tournament games at defense. That along with his stats leads me to believe he must be a defensive mid. Hobbies are listed as hockey and golf, not sure how he’ll like Kansas City.
53rd and final pick is defender Rauwshan McKenzie out of Michigan State. He has 2 goals and 3 assist over his entire college career.
We chose 4 defenders and 2 midfielders which means we must have some plans at forward coming in via transfers. Trujillo for sure, but there must be someone else that has yet to even show up in rumors. That or we are in for a long 2008 season.