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Vancouver Selects Salgado First Overall in 2011 MLS SuperDraft

January 13, 2011 - Major League Soccer (MLS) News Release

BALTIMORE (Thursday, January 13, 2011) - Entering their inaugural MLS season, Vancouver Whitecaps FC selected U.S. under-20 national team and Generation adidas forward Omar Salgado with the No. 1 overall selection in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas at the Baltimore Convention Center today.

Fellow expansion club Portland Timbers selected Generation adidas midfielder Darlington Nagbe with the second selection overall. This year at the University of Akron, Nagbe won the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy as the nation's most outstanding college soccer player.

Nagbe was one of a record five selections in the first round from the University of Akron, winner of the 2010 NCAA Division I College Cup. Following Nagbe, D.C. United selected midfielder Perry Kitchen, and Chivas USA took defender Zarek Valentin, both members of Generation adidas. Kofi Sarkodie was selected seventh by the Houston Dynamo, then Michael Nanchoff taken eighth by Vancouver, also both Generation adidas.

In all, nine Generation adidas players were taken in the first round. Zac MacMath, of the University of Maryland, was taken with the fifth overall selection by Philadelphia Union, Will Bruin of Indiana University went to Houston with the 11th selection after a draft-day trade, and Corey Hertzog, out of Penn State University, was taken at No. 13 by the New York Red Bulls. The 10th member of the 2011 Generation adidas class, Michael Tetteh of the University of California, Santa Barbara, was selected 20th overall by Seattle Sounders FC.

It was the second consecutive SuperDraft in which nine players from Generation adida swere selected in the first round. Players who join MLS as part of the Generation adidas program receive unprecedented opportunities to develop their game and hone their skills at the professional level in Major League Soccer. In addition to training and playing with one of Major League Soccer's 18 professional clubs, Generation adidas players receive educational grants to further their college education. Generation adidas players do not count against an MLS team's salary budget.

Players from 28 colleges and universities were represented in the 54 selections overall. The University of Akron led with seven, an MLS SuperDraft record for the most selections in a draft from one school, surpassing Wake Forest University's six selections in 2009. The University of California had five players taken, while the University of North Carolina saw four selected.

Five non-collegiate players were selected in Super Draft, three in the first round. In addition to Salgado, Victor Estupi�an of Ecuador was taken by Chivas USA with the 14th selection, and the LA Galaxy chose Paolo Cardozo from Uruguay with the 16th pick. John Rooney of England was then taken No. 25 overall by the New York Red Bulls, followed by Joao Plata of Ecuador with the 49th overall selection by Toronto FC. In December of 2010, the MLS Competition Committee approved a League initiative to sign non-collegiate players for participation in the adidas MLS Player Combine and the SuperDraft.

For a complete recap of the 2011 MLS SuperDraft, please visit:

A round-by-round summary of the 2011SuperDraft follows:



1. VAN Omar Salgado* FW 6-4 170 9/10/1993 El Paso, Texas U.S. U-20 national team

2. POR Darlington Nagbe* MF 5-9 165 9/23/1988 Lakewood, Colo. University of Akron

3. DC Perry Kitchen* MF 6-0 160 2/29/1992 Indianapolis, Ind. University of Akron

4. CHV ZarekValentin* DF 5-11 155 8/6/1991 Lancaster, Pa. University of Akron

5. PHI ZacMacMath* GK 6-2 176 8/7/1991 St. Petersburg, Fla. University of Maryland

6. NE A.J. Soares DF 6-0 170 11/28/1988 Solana Beach, Calif. University of California

7. HOU Kofi Sarkodie* DF 5-9 155 3/22/1991 Huber Heights, Ohio University of Akron

8. VAN Michael Nanchoff* MF 5-8 150 9/24/1988 North Royalton, Ohio University of Akron

9. CHI JalilAnibaba DF 6-0 170 10/19/1988 Davis, Calif. University of North Carolina

10. KC CJSapong FW 6-1 185 12/27/1988 Manassas, Va. James Madison University

11. HOU @ Will Bruin* FW 6-2 194 10/24/1989 St. Louis, Mo. Indiana University

12. CLB Rich Balchan DF 6-0 165 1/18/1989 Carmel, Ind. Indiana University

13. NY Corey Hertzog* FW 6-0 172 8/1/1990 Reading, Pa. Penn State University

14. CHV # Victor Estupi�an FW 3/5/1988 Quininde, Ecuador LDU Quito (Ecuador)

15. CLB $ Justin Meram FW 6-1 165 12/4/1988 Shelby Township, Mich. University of Michigan

16. LA Paolo Cardozo MF 6/9/1989 Montevideo, Uruguay Quilmes AC (Argentina)

17. DAL Bobby Warshaw DF 6-0 185 11/21/1988 Mechanicsburg, Pa. Stanford University

18. COL Eddie Ababio DF 5-11 170 1/1/1988 Tampa, Fla. University of North Carolina

* Generation adidas

@ SEA trade No. 11 overall selection in 2011 and international spot (1 season) to POR for No. 20 selection in 2011 and allocation amount; POR then trade No. 11 selection to HOU for allocation amount

# RSL trade No. 14 overall selection in 2011 to CHV for allocation amount

$ SJ trade No. 15 overall selection and allocation amount to CLB for Steven Lenhart



19. VAN Jeb Brovsky MF 6-1 170 12/3/1988 Lakewood, Colo. University of Notre Dame

20. SEA @ Michael Tetteh* MF 5-8 155 1/16/1989 Accra, Ghana Univ. California, Santa Barbara

21. SEA Juan Leone Cruz DF 6-0 172 6/13/1987 Round Rock, Texas Southern Methodist Univ.

22. POR Chris Taylor MF 6-1 160 5/12/1989 Edmond, Okla. University of Tulsa

23. PHI Michael Farfan MF 5-9 160 6/23/1988 San Diego, Calif. University of North Carolina

24. NE Stephen McCarthy MF 6-4 185 7/21/1988 Dallas, Texas University of North Carolina

25. NY John Rooney MF 5-10 176 12/17/1990 Liverpool, England Macclesfield Town FC (England)

26. TOR DemitriusOmphroy DF 5-10 165 5/30/1989 Alameda, Calif. University of California

27. SEA Servando Carrasco MF 5-10 170 8/13/1988 San Diego, Calif. University of California

28. CLB Cole Grossman MF 6-0 165 4/10/1989 St. Louis, Mo. Duke University

29. SEA Bryan Meredith GK 6-2 175 8/2/1989 Scotch Plains, N.J. Monmouth University

30. NY Tyler Lassiter DF 6-0 170 4/7/1989 Wake Forest, N.C. North Carolina State Univ.

31. DC Chris Korb DF 5-9 160 10/8/1987 Gates Mills, Ohio University of Akron

32. KC J.T. Murray DF 5-11 165 8/4/1988 Grove City, Ohio University of Louisville

33. SJAnthony Ampaipitakwong MF 5-8 160 6/14/1988 Carrollton, Texas University of Akron

34. LA Hector Jimenez MF 5-9 140 11/3/1988 Bell Gardens, Calif. University of California

35. DAL Charlie Campbell MF 5-10 165 1/15/1988 Mundelein, Ill. University of Louisville

36. COL Colin Givens DF 5-11 180 4/8/1989 Troy, Mich. Michigan State University

* Generation adidas



37. VAN Bilal Duckett DF 6-2 165 1/9/1989 Peachtree City, Ga. Univ. of Notre Dame

38. NY Billy Cortes MF 5-11 181 12/1/1988 Mission Viejo, Calif. University of Maryland

39. NE Steven Perry FW 6-0 175 9/7/1988 Edmond, Okla. Univ. of Notre Dame

40. CHV Jon Okafor MF 6-1 172 8/25/1989 Verona, N.J. Brown University

41. PHI Levi Houapeu FW 5-8 160 6/22/1989 Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Univ. Md. - Baltimore County

42. NE Ryan Kinne MF 5-8 160 8/31/1989 Naugatuck, Ct. Monmouth University

43. TOR Matt Gold MF 5-9 165 6/14/1988 San Antonio, Texas Ohio State University

44. TOR Junior Burgos MF 5-11 167 8/14/1988 San Bruno, Calif. Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

45. CHI Jason Herrick FW 5-11 166 10/5/1987 Elmhurst, Ill. University of Maryland

46. KC KonradWarzycha MF 6-0 190 2/14/1989 Dublin, Ohio Ohio State University

47. SEA Alex Caskey MF 5-10 152 7/22/1988 Dunwoody, Ga. Davidson College

48. CLB Bernardo Anor MF 5-11 158 5/24/1988 Caracas, Venezuela Univ. of South Florida

49. TOR & Joao Plata MF 3/1/1992 Guayaquil, Ecuador LDU Quito (Ecuador)

50. DC % Joe Willis GK 6-5 189 8/10/1988 St. Louis, Mo. University of Denver

51. CHI Davis Paul FW 5-8 145 10/12/1988 Upland, Calif. University of California

52. RSL Jarad Van Schaik MF 6-1 185 12/11/1988 Tualatin, Ore. University of Portland

53. DAL Scott Gordon DF 6-4 190 4/6/1988 Boca Raton, Fla. Lynn University

54. NE Alan Koger FW 6-2 180 9/23/1987 Spencer, Va.

College of William & Mary

& CHI trade No. 49 overall selection in 2011 SuperDraftto TOR for player to be named later

% LA trade No. 50 overall selection in 2011 SuperDraftto DC for two first-round selections in 2011 Supplemental Draft (Nos. 3 and 16 overall)


Chicago Fire

(3): JalilAnibaba (9); Jason Herrick (45); Davis Paul (51)

Chivas USA

(3): ZarekValentin (4); Victor Estupi�an (14); Jon Okafor (40)

Colorado Rapids

(2): Eddie Ababio (18); Colin Givens (36);

Columbus Crew

(4): Rich Balchan (12); Justin Meram (15); Cole Grossman (28); Bernardo Anor (48)

D.C. United

(3): Perry Kitchen (3); Chris Korb (31); Joe Willis (50)

FC Dallas

(3): Bobby Warshaw (17); Charlie Campbell (35); Scott Gordon (53)

Houston Dynamo

(2): Kofi Sarkodie (7); Will Bruin (11)

Sporting Kansas City

(3): CJSapong (10); J.T. Murray (32); KonradWarzycha (46)

Los Angeles Galaxy

(2): Paolo Cardozo (16); Hector Jimenez (34)

New England Revolution

(5): A.J. Soares (6); Stephen McCarthy (24); Steven Perry (39); Ryan Kinne (42); Alan Koger (54)

New York Red Bulls

(4): Corey Hertzog (13); John Rooney (25); Tyler Lassiter (30); Billy Cortes (38)

Philadelphia Union

(3): ZacMacMath (5); Michael Farfan (23); Levi Houapeu (41)

Portland Timbers

(2): Darlington Nagbe (2); Chris Taylor (22)

Real Salt Lake

(1): Jarad van Schaik (52)

San Jose Earthquakes

(1): Anthony Ampaipitakwong (33)

Seattle Sounders FC

(5): Michael Tetteh (20); Juan Leone Cruz (21); Servando Carrasco (27); Bryan Meredith (29); Alex Caskey (47)

Toronto FC

(4): Demitrius Omphroy (26); Matt Gold (43); Junior Burgos (44); Joao Plata (49)

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

(4): Omar Salgado (1); Michael Nanchoff (8); Jeb Brovsky (19); Bilal Duckett (37)


Univ. of Akron (7): Anthony Ampaipitakwong, Perry Kitchen; Chris Korb; Darlington Nagbe; Michael Nanchoff; Kofi Sarkodie; ZarekValentin

Brown Univ. (1): Jon Okafor

Univ. of California (5): Servando Carrasco; Hector Jimenez; DemitriusOmphroy; Davis Paul; A.J. Soares

Univ. of California-Santa Barbara (1): Michael Tetteh

California Polytechnic State Univ., San Luis Obispo (1): Junior Burgos

Davidson College (1): Alex Caskey

Univ. of Denver (1): Joe Willis

Duke Univ. (1): Cole Grossman

Indiana Univ. (2): Rich Balchan; Will Bruin

James Madison Univ. (1): C.J. Sapong

Univ. of Louisville (2): Charlie Campbell; J.T. Murray

Lynn Univ. (1): Scott Gordon

Univ. of Maryland (3): Billy Cortes; Jason Herrick; ZacMacMath

Univ. of Maryland-Baltimore County (1): Levi Houapeu

Univ. of Michigan (1): Justin Meram

Michigan State Univ. (1): Colin Givens

Monmouth Univ. (2): Ryan Kinne; Bryan Meredith

Univ. of North Carolina (4): Eddie Ababio; JalilAnibaba; Michael Farfan; Stephen McCarthy

North Carolina State Univ. (1): Tyler Lassiter

Ohio State Univ. (2): Matt Gold; KonradWarzycha

Univ. of Notre Dame (3): Jeb Brovsky; Bilal Duckett; Steven Perry

Penn State Univ. (1): Corey Hertzog

Univ. of Portland (1): Jarad van Schaik

Univ. of South Florida (1): Bernardo Anor

Southern Methodist Univ. (1): Juan Leone Cruz

Stanford Univ. (1): Bobby Warshaw

Univ. of Tulsa (1): Chris Taylor

College of William & Mary (1): Alan Koger

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