Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Whitecaps - draft or not to draft?

The Vancouver Whitecaps FC hold the top pick in their first Major League Soccer SuperDraft. The 'Caps won a coin toss with the Portland Timbers at the MLS all-star game last summer and chose to pick first in the draft.

The question at hand is whether the Whitecaps should keep the pick or trade it away? Bruce Constantineau of the Vancouver Sun wrote this article where Vancouver President Bob Lenarduzzi said "If somebody comes along and offers us something great for our draft pick, you never say never". “We're open to what we'll do with that first pick and any subsequent pick.”

While the talent seems to be there, including University of Akron striker Darlington Nagbe, the odds on favorite to win the outstanding U.S. college player for 2010. It also includes Wayne Rooney's younger brother, John and a host of Akron players who won the NCAA championship including are also considered top prospects in the 2011 draft, including midfielder Anthony Ampaipitakwong.

Some MLS clubs have already gone so far as to make contact with the Whitecaps to discuss the number one pick.

If the Whitecaps choose to move the top pick, (they also have the 8th overall pick courtesy of a trade with Toronto FC) the 'Caps will be losing a potential franchise type player. Someone the Vancouver side can promote as the future.

If the Whitecaps have done their
Homework, they can build the 2011 squad around a top quality attacking player. One that fans and supporters can be excited about. While the potential is there to trade for a player that can play right now, talent and the future are build with youth. And the MLS SuperDraft is going to provide that.

What would you do?

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