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Best All-Time MLS SuperDraft Picks at FC Dallas' No. 17

FRISCO, Texas – We are less than a week away from the 2020 MLS SuperDraft. FCD has the 14th and 17th pick of the draft and it will be the third year in a row that Dallas will have two selections in the first round.

Here is look at the five best picks in MLS SuperDraft history selected at pick 17.

5. Martin Machon - Miami Fusion

Machon is a unique entrance on the list, as he made most of his appearances before he was drafted. Machon was a part of the 1997-1998 LA Galaxy teams, which both made the MLS Playoffs. After a year outside the league, Machon was drafted in 2000 by Miami. It ended up being his last year in the league, but Machon contributed 16 assists in 24 appearances.

4. Taylor Kemp - D.C. United

Kemp spent his entire five-year MLS career with D.C. United after being drafted in the 2013 draft. Kemp became a mainstay of the D.C. United defense in 2015, making 27 appearances that year. He went on to make 52 appearances in the next two years before injuries derailed his career. He ended his career with 101 appearances in MLS, all for D.C.

3. Will Hesmer - Kansas City Wizards

It took Hesmer a few years to become a starter in MLS, eventually earning the starting spot between the posts for Columbus in 2007. He made 130 of his 133 appearances between 2007 and 2011, with his best season coming in 2018, where he was a finalist for MLS Goalkeeper of the Year in a season where he helped the Crew earn the Supporters' Shield and MLS Cup.

2. Greg Vanney - LA Galaxy

Drafted with the number 17 pick in the first ever SuperDraft, Vanney is now an institution in MLS. Vanney’s first spell in MLS was as a defender, a key part of the Galaxy team that went to three MLS Cup Finals. He returned to MLS for FC Dallas in 2005 and won his second and third all-star appearances. Vanney ended up making 270 MLS appearances before retiring and now is the head coach of Toronto FC.

1. Josmer “Jozy” Altidore - 2006 (MET)

Altidore was drafted at the tender age of 16 in the 2006 SuperDraft, and went on to have an incredibly impactful career, both in MLS and for the USMNT. Altidore scored 15 goals in 35 games for the Red Bulls before heading to Europe for seven years. He returned to MLS with Toronto FC and was a key part of their MLS Cup victory in 2017. Altidore is also the third highest scorer is USMNT history with 42 goals.

A look at every player selected 17th overall in the MLS SuperDraft

Year Club Player MLS Appearances
1996 Los Angeles Galaxy Greg Vanney 270
1997 Kansas City Wizards Ike Udeh Zero
1998 New England Revolution Jesse Van Saun 5
1999 D.C. United Kevin Beach 1
2000 Miami Fusion Marton Machonn 85
2001 Colorado Rapids Stephen Herdsman 51
2002 Chicago Fire Craig Capano 22
2003 New York Metro Stars Tim Regan 81
2004 Kansas City Wizards Will Hesmer 133
2005 San Jose Earthquakes Kevin Goldthwaite 91
2006 New York Metro Stars Josmer Altidore 147
2007 Colorado Rapids Greg Dalby 14
2008 Real Salt Lake Alex Nimo Zero
2009 San Jose Earthquakes Brad Ring 38
2010 Philadelphia Union Toni Stahl 1
2011 FC Dallas Bobby Warshaw 32
2012 Real Salt Lake Enzo Martinez 22
2013 D.C. United Taylor Kemp 101
2014 Portland Timbers Schillo Tsuma Zero
2015 D.C. United Miguel Aguilar 23
2016 FC Dallas Ryan Herman Zero
2017 New York Red Bulls Zeiko Lwis Zero
2018 Vancouver Whitecaps FC Justin Fiddes Zero
2019 Real Salt Lake Sam Brown Zero