As the 2014 MLS SuperDraft draws near, FC Dallas finds themselves in a good spot to land a quality player with the number five pick. In the past, FCD has drafted players like Zach Loyd and Brek Shea with early picks and this year with a relatively balanced roster, there are plenty of different directions FCD can go.
So who is on FC Dallas’ radar for Thursday’s SuperDraft? Here are ten possibilities that Dallas fans might hear called with the fifth pick.
1. Patrick Mullins (Maryland) - He is regarded as one of the top players in this draft and has already signed with the league. He scored 44 goals and added in 25 assists in his four years at Maryland. Should he slide down to number five, it will be a tough sell not to pick him.
2. Christian Dean (California) - Dean is regarded as the top defender in this draft. As a Generation adidas player, Dean will not count against the salary cap. His size and ability will grab your attention and if he can sort out his passing game, he’ll end up being a big time player in MLS.
3. Steve Neumann (Georgetown) - Another senior player that has signed with MLS, Neumann enjoyed a solid four years at Georgetown, including a run at the College Cup in 2012. He finished his college career with 41 goals and 34 assists. Neumann would provide some depth up front and potentially on the wings for FCD.
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4. Steve Birnbaum (California) - The fifth-year senior from Cal could be the top pick in the draft according to some pundits. He’s another large center back that is good in the air, makes good decisions on the ball and is a big time leader on the field. While FCD is set in the center defensive department, adding some depth with a guy like Birnbaum is never a bad way to go.
5. Marlon Hairston (Louisville) - The Mississippi product is certainly an intriguing player to watch out for. His Generation adidas tag makes him a prized player to snag in the draft. His game has been compared to that of Shalrie Joseph - a box-to-box type of midfielder that FCD has been looking for over the last year and a half.
6. Schillo Tshuma (Maryland) - The only true attacking prospect out of the Generation adidas group, Tshuma scored 16 goals in two seasons at Maryland. His raw ability and speed make him an intriguing prospect for FCD. He could cover on the wings or even play some up front.
7. AJ Corrado (Indiana) - The senior from Indiana was a big part of the Hoosier team that won a College Cup title in 2012. Corrado is a guy that does well on both sides of the ball from the center midfield spot. He’s a playmaker at heart, but his real talent is seen from his distribution of the ball.
8. Eric Miller (Creighton) - While FCD is stocked in the back, it never hurts to take a prospect like Miller. The Creighton star is arguably the best fullback prospect in this draft. Throw in the fact that he has a GA tag to his name, he can develop slowly behind a veteran group of fullbacks that FCD currently has on their roster.
9. Kinsley ‘Fifi’ Baiden (UCSB) - The Ghana-born midfielder has drawn some comparisons to former FCD midfielder Dax McCarty. Baiden would be a bit of a stretch at No. 5 for FCD but he could be someone that could be of value should FCD trade down. He is the type of player that holds a midfield together and will provide a good spark from time-to-time in the attack.
10. AJ Cochran (Wisconsin) - Cochran is another Generation adidas center back in this draft pool. He brings good size and ability on the ball. He would be another depth piece in the back for FCD.