Hyndman: defense comes first with sole pick

If forced to choose, defense a priority in draft

FC Dallas manager Schellas Hyndman said defense would likely take priority in Thursday’s MLS SuperDraft.

“If it came down to getting the best forward or the best defender from the draft, we’d probably want the best defender,” said Hyndman.

Hyndman admits that a few holes remain on the FC Dallas roster.  The problem is, he’s only got one pick.

After trading their second round selection to Kansas City for goalkeeper Kevin Hartman, the club’s lone selection will be the 11th overall pick. 

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FC Dallas has already worked hard this off-season to address its needs, signing Panamanian striker Blas Peréz and center back Hernán Pertúz of Colombia. 

But the club isn’t done addressing the center back and forward positions.

“The area of need would be to get a little bit more balance in our club - that balance being strikers and defenders,” said Hyndman.

Depth is a major concern for the club, particularly at center back, as George John continues to seek a move overseas. 

Hyndman has expressed confidence in Pertúz as a competent replacement should John depart, but the team has little depth behind the 22-year-old defender.

Hyndman sees depth in the current draft class and tremendous value in his team’s first round selection.

“The class in itself is very balanced,” said Hyndman by phone from the MLS combine. “You’ve got good flank players, good strikers, good holding midfielders, and good defenders. I think there’s going to be something that we will be happy with at the 11th pick.”

The club could also use an infusion of talent up top and out wide.

Hyndman sees a tremendous amount of attacking talent in the current class, which could add depth to his strike force.

“Darren Mattocks is a young Generation adidas player that has super quick feet.  He’s very athletic and could also be a wide player,” said Hyndman. 

“Then there’s Casey Townsend, who is a strong active player.  And Ethan Finlay out of Creighton did very well the other day as a flank midfielder.  That’s a nice group of players.”

Either way, there is one trait that Hyndman would like to see from their lone selection – experience. 

After all, a lot will be expected of their one-man draft class of 2012.

“If you get a first round draft pick, you’re hoping that someone can come in and at some point in the year and be a regular starter for you,” said Hyndman. 

“We have a number of developing homegrown players, so we’d like to get players that are a little bit more mature.”

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