Estimated 2008 MLS Superdraft Order
|EDITED 9/27 - To reflect DC's picks received for Quaranta and Adu.|
I was looking at the trades that have been made involving next year's draft (this site has a nice list of transactions) and I've come up with a list of picks that have changed hands. Using that and the current standings, we can come up with an order for next year's draft.
Things to keep in mind:
1) The final order of the eight playoff teams will be determined by where they are eliminated. For example, last year Houston drafted #13 and runner up New England drafted #12. The two semifinalists were next followed by the four quarterfinalists. DC drafted below Colorado due to regular season performance which is the tiebreaker, same thing for the quarterfinalists.
For this ranking, I'm just using the current playoff matchups and assuming the better teams advance.
2) Six picks on this list are conditional. What's interesting is that for a couple of them, they mention a specific round. I'm guessing that means that it's going to be at least that good? I did a little guessing for that part, usually assuming the worst pick would be traded.
3) If a trade is missing from this list, or there are any errors, please post in the comments. Thanks.
Estimated 2008 Superdraft Order
DAL, RSL, and TOR all have two first-rounders, while CHV, DC, and HOU have none. The Galaxy have 7 of the first 33 picks and should be in a good position to improve their team. Meanwhile, Chivas and Houston both only have two picks, each having only third and fourth rounders. You can't really argue with their decisions though, as they both got quality players for their first and second rounders. Chivas got Paulo Nagamura and Alex Zotinca, while Houston got Richard Mulrooney and Nate Jaqua. It almost seems like teams should ask for more and better draft picks for their players, although a lot of the trades are due to roster and salary cap limits.
Total picks & Positions
Trade/Pick Movement List
DAL has TOR's pick (Mulrooney trade)
TOR has HOU's pick (Mulrooney trade)
TOR has CHV's pick (Nagamura trade)
RSL has 2nd highest of TOR's 3 picks (Cunningham trade)
TOR has DC's pick (Dyachenko trade)
NY has TOR's pick (Wynne trade)
LA has HOU's pick (Jaqua trade)
KC has LA's pick (Thomas trade, conditional)
DAL has COL's pick (Vanney trade)
LA has KC's pick (Hartman trade)
LA has NY's pick (Wolyniec trade)
LA has NE's pick (allocation/1st rounder trade)
DC has COL's natural pick (Prideaux trade)
TOR has COL's pick, presumably one of the two listed next (Casey trade)
COL has NY's pick (Freeman trade)
COL has DAL's pick (Vanney trade)
LA has CLB's pick (Miglioranzi trade, conditional)
DC has RSL's pick (Adu trade, see Goff's comment here)
LA has NY's pick (Quaranta trade, conditional)
DAL has RSL's pick (4th rounder trade)
NY has TOR's pick (Ibrahim trade)
CHI has DC's pick (Monteiro trade, conditional)
KC has CHV's pick (Zotinca trade, conditional: 2nd or 3rd round)
DC has LA's pick (Quaranta trade, conditional: 1st or 2nd round)
COL has RSL's 1st round pick (Wingert trade)
NE has DAL's 1st round pick (salary cap considerations trade)
CHI has CLB's 4th round pick (Griffin trade)