And this is the result for the slots that matter:

And you can slot in Erik Hurtado in that fifth slot for Vancouver. I know the thing is still live, but come on.

So the first pick was pretty routine, Toronto FC did fulfill its promise in swapping one of their 3 and 4 slots, and it appears Toronto FC president Kevin Payne played the local media a little bit:

Which is funny I guess, but what did it do? Force Chivas to do what they were always going to do anyway?

Kyle Bekker seems to have won the local media race, with local guys using various idioms involving his head being screwed on right. There’s also a running concern he may have been a “fan favourite” pick. CBC MAPLE SYRUP BEAVERS RCMP.

The big surprise? Vancouver going with the Generation Adidas 18 year-old Kekuta Manneh, who scored 12 goals last season for…the Austin Aztex of the Premier Development League. But they wanted a forward apparently, so. Good? They also nabbed Erik Hurtado, who has the word “hurt” in his last name. He’s another cray-cray goal-bagger, which is the kind of turn of phrase only money can buy.

The other big deal involved Walker Zimmerman going 7th to FC Dallas. Alexei Lalas did some song and dance on the TV about how the possible 1st pick candidate shit the bed in the Combine, which if true is sooooo stupid for reasons I wrote about this morning. But time will tell, duh duh duh.

Other Canadian content: Blake Smith got the 8th slot. It’s his birthday today. MLS READY?

Comments (5)

  1. Great analysis here… really top notch stuff!!

  2. “cray-cray goal bagger” – best turn of phrase I have heard this year. It’s why they pay you the big bucks Mr. Big Words!

  3. cray cray, best article ever

  4. Call me a douche for bringing this up, but in all seriousness…. It would be nice to see local media outlets give MLS coverage more weight.

    I’m a little dumbfounded at times to watch you guys really follow world football in depth but lightly brush over the local teams. And that’s not to say the other stuff isn’t worth while, or more popular, it totally is. But the thing is that there are other people out there in the world who are closer to those leagues who are in a much better position to provide the information than you are. I’m not going to wrap anyone for putting a local perspective on world events, but when all this is done and we ignore what goes on in our own backyard it seems somewhat ridiculous.

    With the local team you’re actually in a better position to provide the information than anyone else … but not really taking advantage of it.

    • It’s because while MLS hogs the local headlines, it’s just not as popular here as the European scene, whether we’re talking web traffic or anything else. And you’d be surprised about how locale matters less and less. At this stage, London clubs are basically as close and accessible as Toronto FC. I just can’t get overseas contacts wasted on complimentary Keiths.

      Moreover, there are countless local outlets covering the Canadian MLS stories. We do too, but only when it’s news-worthy, which a lot of the time is never. Particularly when we’re still three months away from first kick.

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