January 17, 2013 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Colorado Rapids
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (Thursday, January 17, 2013) - The Colorado Rapids selected three players today in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft held in Indianapolis, Ind. Generation adidas forward Deshorn Brown was selected 6th overall, followed by midfielder Dillon Powers with the 11th pick and defender Kory Kindle with the 25th selection.
Brown, a striker from Manchester, Jamaica coming off his junior season at the University of Central Florida, was one of seven players in the MLS SuperDraft signed to a Generation adidas contract, meaning his salary does not count against the team's salary budget. The 6'2" forward was named to the 2012 NSCAA All-South Region First Team and the All-Conference USA First team in his only season with UCF, during which he scored 13 goals in 16 games. Brown played his freshman and sophomore seasons for the University of Mobile, where he was a two-time NAIA All-American First Team selection and scored 53 goals in 43 games.
Powers, a 5'11" midfielder from the University of Notre Dame, comes to the Rapids as a 2012 MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist, having scored 10 goals for the Irish over 78 career appearances (74 starts). His senior year, he earned NSCAA First Team All-American and All-Great Lakes Region First Team honors, and was named to the All-Big East First Team. With the United States Youth National Teams, Powers was a member of the U.S.'s 2009 FIFA Under-20 World Cup squad in Egypt, and helped the U-20s to the 2010 Milk Cup title as the tournament MVP.
A left-back from Ventura, Calif., Kory Kindle played all four years of college for the California State University Bakersfield. In 72 total games played, the 5'11" defender scored 13 goals and earned NSCAA All-Far West Region second team honors in 2011 and Academic All-Conference honors in 2010 and 2011.
All three players will report to Commerce City by next week to begin training with the Rapids. Brown and Powers have already signed contracts with the league and will be added to the Rapids roster.
The Rapids open preseason with physicals and fitness work this weekend before the team's first training session on Monday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. The team is set to participate in the Desert Friendlies presented by Tucson FC and the Las Vegas ProSoccer Challenge against Chivas USA on February 15 as part of the preparations for the 2013 regular season. To purchase season tickets for the Rapids' 2013 campaign, visit www.ColoradoRapids.com or call 303-825-GOAL.
Full Name: Deshorn Brown
Born: December 22, 1990
Hometown: Manchester, Jamaica
Weight: 170 lbs
College: University of Central Florida
Transaction: Selected by the Colorado Rapids with the 6th overall selection (first round) of the 2013 MLS SuperDraft on January 17, 2013
Full Name: Dillon Powers
Born: February 14, 1991
Hometown: Plano, Texas
Weight: 170 lbs
College: University of Notre Dame
Transaction: Selected by the Colorado Rapids with the 11th overall selection (first round) of the 2013 MLS SuperDraft on January 17, 2013
Full Name: Kory Kindle
Born: August 28, 1991
Hometown: Ventura, Calif.
Weight: 185 lbs
College: University of California State Bakersfield
Transaction: Selected by the Colorado Rapids with the 25th overall selection (second round) of the 2013 MLS SuperDraft on January 17, 2013