I am not going to pretend to be a big MLS fan, especially since the Crew tried to blackmail my city. However, the MAC cleaned house in the latest draft.
Joao Moutinho was selected number 1 overall. The Akron Zip freshman hails from Lisbon Portugal. He was picked up by the Los Angles FC, and becomes the second Zip to go number 1. An interesting stat and telling just how solid the Zips program is, since 2008, they lead the country with 8 top 5 picks in the span.
MAC Player of the Year Brandon Bye was the 8th selection of the day, going to the New England Revolution. The Western Michigan Bronco worked out at the combine mostly as a defender.
The 31st pick of the draft was Akron senior Niko de Vera. After a fantastic college career, he will now play for the New York Red Bulls.
Western Michigan Bronco’s goalkeeper Drew Shepard was the 46th pick to the Toronto FC.
4 players in the first two rounds was an impressive showing for the two teams that played for the MAC championship.