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Past MLS SuperDraft Steals at FC Dallas' 2017 Picks

In the first two rounds of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft next week, FC Dallas holds the #18, #37 and #40 overall picks. While whoever is selected at any of those spots might not be the flashiest name out there right now, quality players can, and do, come from the depths of the draft - even if it means a few years of development. 

Let's take a look at some players who have been taken at similar positions in past drafts:

1st Round - 18th Overall Pick

Cristian Roldan - 2015 (16th Overall): After a mixed role in his rookie campaign appearing in 22 games, Roldan took the central midfield position by the reins in 2016 with 28 regular season starts, including each Seattle's last 19 games and all 6 of their playoff matches en route to the club's first MLS Cup. 

Taylor Kemp - 2013 (17th Overall): Kemp saw a breakout season in 2015 and the defender has appeared in 58 of DC's 68 games over the last two seasons. He had 6 assists in 2016 and earned his first U.S. Men's National Team call-up with an invite from Bruce Arena to 2017 January camp. 

AJ DeLaGarza - 2009 (19th Overall): In the 8 seasons since DeLaGarza landed in LA, he's started at least 20 games in all but one - totaling 196 starts in his career. He's twice been named the Galaxy's Defender of the Year and was the 2014 MLS Humanitarian of the Year. 

Jozy Altidore - 2006 (17th Overall): Little needs to be said about the U.S. Men's National Team star who backed Toronto's MLS Cup Final run in 2016. After being drafted in 2006 (then a mid-Second Round pick), Altidore played 37 games with  Red Bulls before heading to Europe. 


2nd Round - 37th Overall Pick

Dennis Castillo - 2016 (37th Overall): Castillo still has some development to do, but made an immediate impact for the Rapids in 2016 appearing in 4 MLS games, made one start and saw time in U.S. Open Cup play. Second round picks usually take time to crack the first team lineup, but the Costa Rican is on the right path.

Rob Lovejoy - 2015 (36th Overall): The 36th selection in 2015 was originally an FCD pick, but it went to Houston when the club acquired Je-Vaughn Watson. With #36, the Dynamo took Lovejoy who saw time in 17 games with 2 starts in 2015 and scored once. The forward played just two games in 2016 and had his contract option declined this offseason. 

Warren Creavalle - 2012 (37th Overall): Creavalle made 28 appearances in his first two seasons after being selected by the Dynamo in 2012, including 17 starts in 2013, but found himself bit of an MLS journeyman until 2016, when he made 21 starts in the midfield for the Philadelphia Union. 

Michael Bradley - 2004 (36th Overall): Another USMNT star that went late in the SuperDraft to the now-Red Bulls, went overseas for many years and now resides in Toronto. Bradley was a Fourth Round (!!) selection in 2004 and has 9 goals and 19 assists in 104 total MLS regular season games.


2nd Round - 40th Overall Pick

Neco Brett - 2016 (40th Overall): In his first pro season, Brett played just a single minute for the Portland Timbers, but made an impact in USL for Timbers 2 with 7 goals and 3 assists in 28 games. Another young player that, given time to develop, could be a strong selection. 

Oniel Fisher - 2015 (40th Overall): The Jamaican made a sizable impact in his rookie campaign for a late Second Round pick, starting 9 games and appearing in 3 more at left back in 2015. He fell down the depth chart in 2016, but still made 6 appearances in the regular season and 3 more in the postseason for the MLS Cup Champions

Chris Schuler - 2010 (39th Overall): Since being drafted by RSL in 2010, Schuler has made 84 appearances and 75 starts for the club in 7 seasons. He made a career-high 25 starts and logged over 2100 minutes in 2014 for the Conference Semifinalists, but has spent most of the last two seasons recovering from injury. 

Darrius Barnes - 2009 (40th Overall): Barnes made 30 starts in his rookie season during 2009, and hit the 1,500-minute mark in three more seasons with the Revs between 2009-2016 while appearing in 129 games. The defender made four starts in each of the last two seasons and his expiring contract has now been renewed ahead of 2017. 

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