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MLS Draft 2012 Recap: Biggest Surprise Was Lack Of Surprises

The biggest surprise in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft may have been the simple lack of surprises. During the build up to the draft, all the chatter was about how picks were going to be trading hands like crazy. Most seemed to expect at least three. It turned out, there was not a single draft-day trade of 2012 picks.

Aside from the New York Red Bulls sending their 2013 first-round pick to the Portland Timbers in exchange for Kenny Cooper, there was a remarkable lack of movement. It's hard to say what caused that, but it could very well be that the teams looking to trade down were looking for too much and the teams looking to trade up weren't all that enamored with what was available.

The first two picks of the draft went essentially according to plan, as well. Andrew Wenger going No. 1 may have been a minor upset, but no one expected him to fall beyond No. 2. Wenger would seem to be a solid fit with the Montreal Impact at either center back or midfielder. The reverse could be said for No. 2 pick Darren Mattocks, who the Vancouver Whitecaps are most likely expecting to replace Camilo Sanvezzo. It does create an interesting situation with last year's No. 1 pick Omar Salgado, who vocally chaffed at his lack of playing time during his rookie year.

None of this is to suggest everything went exactly according to plan. Chandler Hoffman, around whom the hype train had really started to build steam, fell all the way to No. 13 where he was grabbed by the Philadelphia Union. Hoffman could be fighting it out for minutes with the likes of former No. 1 overall pick Danny Mwanga.

Also stumbling down the draft order were fellow Generation Adidas class members Enzo Martinez and Tyler Polak. Martinez ended up in a situation that might end up being a great move for him longterm, as Real Salt Lake snapped him up with the No. 17 pick.

Polak was the final GA player to go off the board, as the Creighton defender went No. 22 to the New England Revolution. Polak fell so far, in fact, that he wasn't even the first Creighton defender to be taken, as teammate Andrew Duran claimed that honor when the Seattle Sounders took him with the No. 15 pick. He was actually the third Blue Jay taken on the day, with Ethan Finlay going to the Columbus Crew at No. 10.

In another mild upset, no school ended up producing more SuperDraft picks this year than Creighton's four. Only Louisville had as many. North Carolina produced three and some of the traditional powers like Akron (1), Maryland (1) and UCLA (2) had abnormally quiet years on this front.

The other notable absence from the SuperDraft was the names of international players. Despite guys like Jason Banton, Giener Garcia and Kohei Yamada getting a fair amount of press during the combine, none of them were picked.

First Round

1 Montreal Impact *Andrew Wenger Defender Duke University
2 Vancouver Whitecaps FC *Darren Mattocks Forward University of Akron
3 New England Revolution *Kelyn Rowe Midfielder UCLA
4 Toronto FC Luis Silva Midfielder UC Santa Barbara
5 Chivas USA Casey Townsend Forward University of Maryland
6 San Jose Earthquakes *Sam Garza Forward UC Santa Barbara
7 D.C. United Nick DeLeon Midfielder University of Louisville
8 Portland Timbers *Andrew Jean-Baptiste Defender University Of Connecticut
9 Chicago Fire Austin Berry Defender University of Louisville
10 Columbus Crew Ethan Finlay Forward Creighton University
11 FC Dallas Matt Hedges Defender University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
12 Toronto FC Aaron Maund Defender University of Notre Dame
13 Philadelphia Union *Chandler Hoffman Forward UCLA
14 Colorado Rapids Tony Cascio Midfielder University Of Connecticut
15 Seattle Sounders FC Andrew Duran Defender Creighton University
16 Sporting Kansas City *Dom Dwyer Forward University of South Florida
17 Real Salt Lake *Enzo Martinez Midfielder University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
18 Houston Dynamo Colin Rolfe Forward University of Louisville
19 Los Angeles Galaxy Tommy Meyer Defender Indiana University
Second Round

20 Montreal Impact Callum Mallace Midfielder Marquette University
21 Vancouver Whitecaps FC Chris Estridge Defender Indiana University
22 New England Revolution *Tyler Polak Defender Creighton University
23 Chicago Fire Luckymore Mkosana Forward Dartmouth College
24 Real Salt Lake Diogo de Almeida Defender Southern Methodist University
25 San Jose Earthquakes Jacob Hustedt Midfielder University of Washington
26 Columbus Crew Aubrey Perry Defender University of South Florida
27 Portland Timbers Brendan King Midfielder University of Notre Dame
28 Chicago Fire Hunter Jumper Defender University of Virginia
29 Columbus Crew Kevan George Midfielder University of Central Florida
30 Sporting Kansas City Cyprian Hedrik Midfielder Coastal Carolina University
31 New York Red Bulls Ryan Meara Goalkeeper Fordham University
32 Philadelphia Union Greg Jordan Midfielder Creighton University
33 San Jose Earthquakes Chris Blais Goalkeeper University of South Florida
34 Seattle Sounders FC Babayele Sodade Forward University of Alabama Birmingham
35 Philadelphia Union Raymon Gaddis Defender West Virginia University
36 Real Salt Lake Sebastian Velasquez Midfielder Spartanburg Methodist College
37 Houston Dynamo Warren Creavalle Midfielder University of Central Florida
38 Los Angeles Galaxy Kenny Walker Midfielder University of Louisville

* indicates Generation Adidas