At last Thursday’s MLS SuperDraft in Philadelphia, the Dynamo had to wait until the third round before they could make their first pick, but the the coaching staff was ultimately pleased with their three selections.
“It’s three guys that can come in and contribute to the team we have in the locker room for the year,” head coach Dominic Kinnear told HoustonDynamo.com.
The Dynamo traded away their 2010 first- and second-round picks as part of deals to acquire Dominic Oduro and Cam Weaver, respectively, during the 2009 season. The team’s first chance to select a player in the SuperDraft was the 11th pick of the third round, and Kinnear selected UC Santa Barbara forward David Walker.
Walker scored 10 goals and added four assists in his senior season at UCSB, and gained valuable experience last summer playing with the Chicago Fire Premier PDL team.
Just three picks later, the Dynamo chose midfielder Samuel Appiah, a native of Ghana. Despite Houston’s need for midfield replacements with both Ricardo Clark and Stuart Holden out of contract, Kinnear does not expect Appiah or other draftees to step right into the lineup. “To get someone in the draft to replace one of those two would be a long shot,” Kinnear told HoustonDynamo.com.
Appiah played four years at Boston University, earning first team all-America East honors in 2009 after racking up four goals and five assists. Before joining the BU squad, Appiah played at the University of Ghana, a few years after Dynamo forward Dominic Oduro.
With their final pick of the day, the Dynamo chose a familiar face — New Mexico defender Euan Holden, Stuart Holden’s younger brother. The 21-year-old attended Clements High School in Fort Bend and played club soccer with the Houston Texans. He played two years for the Lobos, started 19 of 20 games in 2009, after beginning his collegiate career at UConn. He also spent a month training with the Dynamo last summer.
All three players are expected to join the Dynamo for preseason training that kicks off February 1 in Houston.
The newest MLS franchise, the Philadelphia Union, had first pick in the 2010 SuperDraft, selecting forward Danny Mwanga from Oregon State. Mwanga, a native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, earned the honor of Pac-10 Freshman of the Year in 2008.
Houston Dynamo MLS SuperDraft History
#8 (1st round): Patrick Ianni
#32: (3rd round) Andre Schmid
#44 (4th round): Mike Chabala
#13 (1st round): John Michael Hayden
#26 (2nd round): Corey Ashe
#39 (3rd round): Mike Sambursky
#52 (4th round): Eric Ebert
#42 (3rd round): Geoff Cameron
#56 (4th round): Jeremy Barlow
#41 (3rd round): Danny Cruz
#56 (4th round): Marcus Tracy
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