MLS Draft 2012: Rounding Up Picks 24-28

24. Real Salt Lake: Diogo de Almeida, D, SMU

De Almeida participated in the recent MLS Combine, and reviews were decidedly mixed about his potential in MLS, but RSL has the talent in place that they need depth more than an immediate starter, so de Almeida may fit the bill. This pick originally belonged to Chivas USA, but they previously traded it to RSL. In the first round, RSL took North Carolina midfielder Enzo Martinez, another high-risk, high-reward type of player, so if these two picks prove successful, RSL will be richly rewarded for their daring.

25. San Jose Earthquakes: Jacob Hustedt, M, Washington

Did not get invited to the combine, but was still apparently well known enough to intrigue the Earthquakes. Many seem to think he'll be able to come in and compete for a midfield spot right away.

26. Columbus Crew: Aubrey Perry, D, South Florida

Definitely not a very exciting pick, but Perry was a member of the United States U-18 team as a youth. More recently, he was a third-team All Big East selection his senior year.

27. Portland Timbers: Brendan King, MF, Notre Dame

After a solid junior season in which he established himself as a starter, King came back a little bit during his senior season. Although he appeared in 18 games, he only made 10 starts and saw his production dip to one goal and two assists.

28. Chicago Fire: Hunter Jumper, D, Virginia

Another one of the "great name" players in the draft, a lot of people actually liked Jumper and that he fell this far was a bit of a surprise. He played for the U-18 United States national team and has good size, 6-foot-2 and 18 pounds.

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