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MLS Draft 2012: Chivas USA Select Casey Townsend With No. 5 Pick

Chivas USA picked Casey Townsend with the No. 5 pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. Townsend will likely fill the void left by Justin Braun's departure and could be a nice pairing with Juan Pablo Angel. Despite Chivas USA's struggles, there's a decent chance that he'll be allowed to come along relatively slowly, as Alejandro Moreno should still be able to provide decent minutes.

Townsend was widely considered to be one of the best pure scorers available. In his freshman year at Maryland, Townsend scored 11 goals for the Terps as they made a run to a national championship. His stock was high at the time, but he opted to stay in school. Injuries kept him from matching that goal tally in his sophomore and junior seasons, but Townsend finally became the healthy and consistent player he was in 2008 during this season, scoring 17 goals for Maryland.

Townsend has the size and pace to compete at the MLS level, but certainly isn't truly elite in either area. That's certainly not to say that Townsend won't be very productive as a pro. His goal-scoring record is excellent, and he was one of the most impressive players at the pre-draft combine.

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