MLS Draft 2012: Andrew Wenger and Other First-Round Misses

In their first MLS SuperDraft, the Montreal Impact had a chance to grab the best player in the draft, Darren Mattocks. However, they went in a different route drafting Andrew Wenger, and it was one of the biggest misses in the first round. Here are some of the misses from this year’s draft.   Montreal Selecting Andrew Wenger  Wenger is a good player. In fact, he should have a wonderful career. However, it will not be as good as the career of Mattocks.  Mattocks is the younger player. He has breakaway speed that other players wish they had. He scored 21 goals in 22 games last year for Akron. Mattocks could have been the franchise player that stuck around in Montreal for the next ten to fifteen years.  Instead, Vancouver took the best player in the draft at No. 2, and they will succeed because of his offensive skills.   Matt Hedges Drops to No. 11 FC DallasHedges is the best defender in the MLS SuperDraft this year. However, Hedges was passed over by Portland and Chicago, when they selected Andrew Jean-Baptiste and Austin Berry.  Now, Jean-Baptiste and Berry are good players, but they are not the same caliber as Hedges.  Hedges ...
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2012 MLS Mock Draft: Projecting Future Stars from First Round

Major League Soccer’s SuperDraft has a plethora of top young players that will help whichever teams they are drafted to from day one. It's an exciting time, as for the first time ever, the Montreal Impact will make their inaugural draft pick.  They have a number of top prospects that could be the face of their franchise that they build a potential championship team around. However, after Montreal, Vancouver, in their second year, picks second.  The young club looks to build after last year’s two top 10 picks of Omar Salgado and Michael Nanchoff.  With the addition of the 19th team, it makes for an even tougher first round. Here are where the future stars of the MLS should go on Jan. 12.   2012 MLS Mock Draft 1. Montreal Impact (First Year): Darren Mattocks, Forward, Akron This Montreal team needs to build around someone that can excite the fans to keep on coming back if they struggle in their first year. Mattocks may be young, as he is only a sophomore from Akron; however, he has breakaway speed and finished with 21 goals in 22 games for his school this year.   2. Vancouver Whitecaps (6-18-10, 28 pts.): Andrew Wenger, Forward/Defender, Duke Vancouver ...
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