Approaching the MLS draft part 7By: Felegy | January 10th, 2011
Some (but only a little) insight into Vancouver and the top picks
UPDATE to the UPDATE: Director of Soccer Operations Tom Soehn is sure there would be no problems with selecting Nagbe, saying:
“We’ve done our homework and he’d be excited to be in Vancouver,” the Whitecaps’ director of soccer operations said Tuesday. “We talked to him recently and I think he’s excited for an opportunity to play in MLS and he wants to go somewhere where he’s wanted.”
UPDATE: Geoffrey Arnold is reporting a rumour that Nagbe may not want to be drafted by Vancouver. It’s just a rumour right now: Nagbe will speak to the media on Wednesday.
Here are a couple stories on the top two consensus picks. First up is Perry Kitchen:
“It’d be great,” Kitchen told MLSsoccer.com on Sunday. “I’ve looked up the city online. It looks amazing. Beautiful complex. I’m excited.”
Beautiful complex? The stadium isn’t built yet. And neither is our training facility. Huh. But the city does look pretty amazing, fair enough.
I’ve pointed out that he can play in the back line (as he does for the US U-20 team) and as a defensive midfielder (which he did for his college championship team). Here are his (brief) thoughts on that:
“I like [midfield] better,” he said. “It suits me better. I think I do more. I’m more active pulling guys in and keeping them all from trying to move out. I think it’s my strong suit.”
Good. We’re fine at the back. I love players that want to play in the centre of the pitch, moving the ball around like they own it, and cleaning shit up as necessary.
Next up we have a short bit on Vancouver and Darlington Nagbe:
“(It hurts) a little bit,” Thordarson said Sunday. “No doubt about it.”
“I was really looking forward to seeing him,” Thordarson said. “It didn’t happen that way and that’s unfortunate.”
I’m pretty sure Thordarson won’t decide based on a slight snub, but he could make a decision because he can’t actually see a player in person.
“I have only seen him on videos,” Thordarson said. “There are many talents (at the combine) and Nagbe is definitely one of those talents. He’s one of the players we have kept our eyes on a little bit.”
Kitchen goes up, Nagbe goes down. Maybe only a bit.