Plenty of surprises in SuperDraft
Never underestimate the randomness of any draft. Sure enough, Vancouver stunned the room right away Thursday with its choice to begin the process, taking project striker Omar Salgado rather than one of the two players everyone had projected to go at Nos. 1 and 2.
From there, a draft chock full of quality defenders saw just one of them taken among the first five names called. See -- the next surprise is never far away.
This should also be noted quickly about the 2011 MLS SuperDraft: no college has come close to dominating the day the way Akron did Thursday. Not only did the NCAA champion Zips see an all-time high five players selected in the first round, all were selected within the first eight picks.
Here a look at all 18 teams fared, and whether they addressed their most pressing needs:
Big applause for teams that made the grade ...
A polite clap for teams that held serve ...
A raised eyebrow for teams that needed to do better ..