All Wizards’ Draft Picks Summary: Final

#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 teams 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 Rogers’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.

Updates as Picks are made.


#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 part one of the players called into the U.S. U-23 National team that Hohlbein and Harrington traveled with China with recently.


Matt Marquess

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.


Rauwshan McKenzie

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.


10 Responses

  1. Sweet! This is the way I like my news. I still don’t understand why we passed on Nyarko though. I hope he doesn’t turn out to be great now.

  2. This just keeps getting worse.

  3. I don’t know why we passed either, but we were not the only ones so there must be something that concerned everyone, nagging injury, attitude problem, size issues, etc.

  4. AJF, there is no way to stay positive, this was such a worthless draft for us, we shouldn’t have wasted the money it cost to send our coaches to Baltimore for this thing.

    We could have had Nyarko, Avilla, many others, but there is no one that interest me one bit. Between changing our colors, this draft, losing Johnson, Garcia and Burciaga I am not excited about the Wizards. OnGoal is killing us.

  5. oh pleaze Big Daddy, just because u don’t know much about our choices doesn’t make them bad ones. come on! grow up.

  6. The Coaches have seen them play. I trust them vs. rumors or hype.
    These defenders will be just fine under the watch of Conrad. The backline will be pretty beefed up. Stay tuned. ALOT of clubs passed on Nyarko for some reason. Why would OnGoal kill something they saved?

  7. A beefed up back line with no one to score won’t do much good. For all the money they’ve saved I’m hoping they have some big DP or proven scorer (I like what I hear of Trujillo…but who knows) coming in.

    Having said that, rookie defenders are seldom the stuff of a beefed up back line.

  8. All the G-Adidas players will free up $ for the $$ signing planed. Yeah we took a lot of defenders but that will allow the cream of the crop to come to the top and who knows, we might get a diamond in the rough. Cliques aside, I think Vermes knows that he’s doing.

  9. Rookie forwards out of college rarely ever have a major impact in MLS, Robbie Findley and Scott Sealy are exceptions, the norm is usually guys like Matt Taylor and Ryan Pore who have trouble making the transition from the college game to the pros. I think this is Onalfo and the Wizards thinking in this regard. They’re going to go out and look for a proven scorer, like Trujillo instead of a college forward who might not come through.

    Too often MLS coaches have looked at physical attributes over real soccer skills. After years of that mindset, I think more are starting to look past just how fast, strong, etc those players are.

  10. I agree that college forwards, particularly 22 year old college forwards, are a dicey prospect.

    I think they still heavily emphasize athleticism. However, we do now have a few more athletes that can actually play soccer.

    Look at Brek Shea. He might not pan out, but American soccer has never even had the option of American-born 6’3″ 17 year old midfielders before. Chance Myers supposedly can run all day and isn’t small by soccer standards.

    Xavier Balc on the other hand is a creative midfielder who is slower, and hasn’t ever had to play much defense. Undrafted.

    There’s also some misidentification going on from people who haven’t seen any of these guys play. Onalfo is talking about Chance at RM and Espinoza as a LB. I’d guess Yomby’s about the only one you could be certain where they’ll play him. They want versatile guys that can play multiple positions.

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