Manager Schellas Hyndman will lead FC Dallas in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft on Thursday since the club is currently without a technical director. Hyndman has been a part of three drafts with FC Dallas since being hired in June of 2008 – each with mixed results.
The club will make its only selection at No. 11 in the first round this year. FC Dallas surrendered its second round pick to Kansas City in exchange for goalkeeper Kevin Hartman. So how has Hyndman performed in his tenure as manager? The team has hit with names like George John and Zach Loyd, but remember Peri Marosevic in 2009? Let’s take a look back at the selections over the past three seasons.
Peri Marosevic (1st round, 5th overall selection)
Forward Peri Marosevic was drafted out of the University of Michigan and touted as a youthful and talented backup behind the star tandem of Kenny Cooper and Jeff Cunningham. Though described as a “very good finisher of the ball” by Hyndman, the Generation adidas talent arguably became the biggest bust in team history. Marosevic appeared in only four matches in his rookie campaign before going on loan to USSF side Austin Aztex during the 2010 season. He saw time for the FC Dallas Reserves in 2011 before the team waived the Bosnian-born American on July 28. He currently plays with Toronto FC.
George John (1st round, 14th overall selection)
Just nine picks later, manager Schellas Hyndman and the club struck gold with the selection of midfielder George John. John made 65 appearances in his four years at the University of Washington and was twice named to First Team All-Pac-10. John appeared in 28 matches for the team at center back in 2010 after battling injuries for stretches of his rookie campaign. It was a season in which the defense posted a franchise-best goals against average of 0.93. 2011 was yet another successful campaign for the American. He started in 32 MLS matches, adding 3 goals and an assist.
Brian Shriver (2nd round, 27th overall selection)
Shriver chose not to sign with FC Dallas and opted to remain at the University of North Carolina. He currently plays with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the NASL.
Zach Loyd (1st round, 5th overall selection)
The team once again found itself with the fifth overall pick in 2010 – this time they made it count. Loyd made an immediate impact in his rookie season, ranking third in minutes played for players taken in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft (1,769). He also appeared in each of the team’s four playoff matches, including the MLS Cup final against Colorado. As an outside back, Loyd has received multiple call-ups to the USMNT senior squad, including an invitation to the team’s current January camp and two friendlies against Venezuela (Jan. 21) and Panama (Jan. 25).
Andrew Wiedeman (2nd round, 21st overall selection)
After scoring 30 goals and recording 15 assists in three years at the University of California, Wiedeman has had little impact in his first few seasons with the club. The 22-year-old Generation adidas player has seen only 59 minutes of action in three MLS appearances, while continuing to see time with the Reserves squad.
Jason Yeisley (3rd round, 38th overall selection)
Yeisley appeared to be a Schellas Hyndman type player with a decorated four-year career at Penn State. The three-year captain at PSU was a National Player of the Year Award nominee in his senior season. But the forward appeared in only five matches for the club and was released on Feb. 14, 2010. Yeisley currently plays with the Richmond Kickers of the USL Professional Division.
Eric Alexander (3rd round, 44th overall selection)
Midfielder Eric Alexander had an impressive rookie season in Dallas for a third round selection. The Indiana University product started in 12 games in 2010, recording 2 goals and 3 assists for the Western Conference Champions. Despite receiving a call-up to the USMNT in December of 2010, the American slid down Hyndman’s depth charts in 2011 and was ultimately traded to the Portland Timbers for defender Jeremy Hall.
Dane Saintus (4th round, 54th overall selection)
Saintus was given a shot to break into professional soccer with Dallas since he played for two years under Hyndman at SMU as a forward/midfielder. His tenure with the squad was brief. Saintus was cut during camp prior to the season. He currently plays with the Los Angeles Blues of the USL Professional Division.
Bobby Warshaw (1st round, 17th overall selection)
Midfielder Bobby Warshaw followed up a stellar career at Stanford with an up-and-down rookie season with FC Dallas. The midfielder appeared in 17 games but collected only four starts in 2011, playing behind veterans Daniel Hernandez and Andrew Jacobson. His lone goal of the season was a big one – a stoppage time winner to overcome a 2-0 deficit at Sporting Kansas City. Warshaw appears ready for a larger role in 2012.
Charlie Campbell (2nd round, 35th overall selection)
The Louisville graduate and former 2010 College Cup All-tournament team member was not offered a contract by the team, despite spending the entire preseason with FC Dallas. Campbell currently plays professionally with Orlando City of the USL Professional Division.
Scott Gordon (3rd round, 53rd overall selection)
Like Campbell, Gordon competed for a roster spot in the offseason but fell short of earning an MLS contract. The defender had little trouble finding a team, signing with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the NASL.
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