Sporting Kansas City had just one pick- #14- in the MLS SuperDraft conducted earlier today…
Their other picks were traded away over the off season in exchange for several players at positions of need. Most observers felt Sporting would take a midfielder with their sole pick due to the departure of Roger Espinoza and Julio Cesar after last season.
And that’s exactly what they did, selecting Mikey Lopez, a sophomore out of the University of North Carolina.
Lopez was the ACC Freshman of the Year, and has been regularly called up to the U-20 U.S. Men’s National Team. Most scouts say that defensive midfield is where he’s most comfortable at.
Hopefully Lopez will turn out more like Sporting’s 2011 SuperDraft pick, CJ Sapong, who went on to win Rookie of the Year, than last year’s pick Dom Dwyer, who saw a grand total of four minutes of MLS action in 2012.
Over the years, KC boss Peter Vermes has proven to be one of the best drafters in the league, so I don’t expect two consecutive SuperDraft busts. And, yes, maybe it’s a bit early to call Dwyer a bust, but come on, he didn’t even play in his first season.
Sporting also announced today that Overland Park-based Ivy Funds will be the team’s first ever jersey sponsor. KC was one of the few teams remaining in MLS that had never attached a corporate sponsor to its kits until today.
Though I kind of liked that Sporting didn’t have a logo slapped across their chests, I guess it’s cool that Robb Heineman made an effort to keep it local. I was just hoping for Boulevard, even though I knew that wasn’t much of a possibility. But think of the jerseys that would be flying off the shelves if Boulevard’s logo were on the front.