Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
And now we dive into guys that some hardcore fans have never heard of!
The second round of the MLS SuperDraft often produces some complete steals, but good luck guessing who they're going to be. There's the occasional "I have no idea how that guy dropped" guy who becomes a very solid MLS player (Jimmy Nealis and Devin Sandoval waive), but most of the time it's someone who comes out of nowhere.
Then again, that guy didn't even exist in last year's class. Ryan Meara's a goalkeeper, so he doesn't count.
20. FC Dallas -- Ryan Hollingshead, M, UCLA
There's chatter that Hollingshead doesn't want to play soccer anymore. If MLS had more than two rounds, he wouldn't have gone this high. He's arguably a first-round talent, so this could be a bargain.
Smith had a very good 2011 College Cup. He has a solid left foot, he works hard, and he can run. This means he will have a job in MLS for a while. It is probably not a coincidence that he was drafted by Chris Tierney's team.
22. New York Red Bulls -- Ian Christianson, M, Georgetown
New York are thin in the center of midfield and needed a defensive-minded midfielder so Dax McCarty doesn't fall over dead. Christianson is the most pure DM in the draft and had a good season. Regardless of what one thinks of Christianson's pro prospects, it's logical.
23. New England Revolution -- Luke Spencer, F, Xavier
He's pretty big, he scores goals, and he played as a lone forward in college. Xavier isn't a powerhouse and he was subbed in and out a lot because Xavier asked their forward to do the job of two. Feels kinda Will Bruiny.
24. LA Galaxy -- Kofi Opare, D, Michigan
This dude is also big, he jumps, his teams won games. The Galaxy could use some defensive depth. He was expected to go right about here. Who knows whether or not his game will translate to MLS.
25. Colorado Rapids -- Kory Kindle, D, Cal State Bakersfield
Playing left back and running fast gets you a look in MLS. It doesn't always keep you in MLS. Michael Tetteh says "sup?".
26. Philadelphia Union -- Don Anding, F, Northeastern
He's insanely fast and he scored 14 goals in 21 games this season. He's played on the left too. It's tough to project small school guys to the pros, but he's obviously earned his shot.
27. Montreal Union -- Paolo DelPiccolo, M, Louisville
A commentator on the draft broadcast implied that the Impact are after guys with Italian-sounding names, and that he will like playing with Marco Di Vaio and Alessandro Nesta because he has an Italian name. Okay! DelPiccolo is on trial with Eintracht Frankfurt and would have been a first-round pick if anyone thought he was going to play in MLS. Led NCAA in assists, though Andrew Farrell certainly inflated his numbers.
28. Columbus Crew -- Drew Beckie, D, Denver
Got moved around a lot during his college career, which probably hurt his draft stock. He can play right back or center back, and he's a great athlete. Beyond that, his career prospects are anyone's guess.
29. Real Salt Lake -- Devin Sandoval, F, New Mexico
Scores lots of goals, has amazing hair. He plays with his back to goal well. His hair and style of play have caused him to be compared to Steven Lenhart.
30. Chicago Fire -- Atouba Emane, F, Rainbow FC (Cameroon)
A fast left-footed winger that people who aren't MLS scouts can't possibly know much about. Played at the Under-20 World Cup for Cameroon. Played in a combine game less than a day after stepping off a flight from across the Atlantic and looked competent.
31. Philadelphia Union -- Stephen Okai, M, Mobile
I've got nothing. Since the Union canned the disastrous Peter Nowak, they get the benefit of the doubt.
32. Montreal Impact -- Brad Stuver, GK, Cleveland State
Forgive me for never having seen Cleveland State play. His scouting report, down to the level he played at, basically sounds identical to Sean Johnson. You can decide whether or not that's a good thing.
33. San Jose Earthquakes -- Dan Delgado, M, San Diego
Real name is Danchrisandre. His mother is my hero.
34. Portland Timbers -- Dylan Tucker-Gangnes, D, Washington
Was expected to go higher than this. He was a bit disappointing at the combine, which almost certainly contributed to his fall. Caleb Porter's judgment should probably be trusted on college players for the time being. He might get thrown into the fire, given the Timbers' poor center of defense.
35. Seattle Sounders -- Dylan Remick, M, Brown
Could play left back or left midfield. He'll probably play left back because -- and I know we've already mentioned this a few times -- MLS doesn't have a lot of good left backs. If you're left-footed, fast and somewhat intelligent, you can hold down a job.
36. New England Revolution -- Luis Soffner, GK, Indiana
A good squad and good coach can make any NCAA goalkeeper look good, but Soffner occasionally made some great saves during Indiana's championship run. He's a really big dude. New England's starting keeper is in their last season. It makes sense.
37. Houston Dynamo -- Jimmy Nealis, D, Georgetown
All of the left backs!
38. LA Galaxy -- Greg Cochrane, D, Louisville
SERIOUSLY ALL OF THE LEFT BACKS. EVERY SINGLE ONE.