Archive for January 17th, 2013


TFC snatches Canadians Bekker and Welshman, Whitecaps aim for offence, Impact selects wild cards

Kyle Bekker

Kyle Bekker and Emery Welshman are going home.

Bekker, the Oakville, Ont. midfielder, Canadian national U-23 player and MVP of the recent MLS combine was Toronto FC’s first selection of the SuperDraft. TFC then traded down, picked up a pile of allocation money, then selected Mississauga’s Welshman at No. 16.

It’s now clear that comments made by TFC President Kevin Payne on Wednesday, that TFC was concerned about Bekker’s size, was all just smoke and mirrors. GMs do that.

“Kyle is a player we know well and we rated him among the top players in the draft going into the combine and felt even more strongly after it,” said Payne in a release issued by TFC. “Our objective was to trade down so we could acquire more assets and we’re happy to accomplish that and still get the player we wanted.

Bekker came into the combine projected as a late first-round pick. But, after he signed a contract with MLS, he became the focal point of the combine — and, by, the beginning of the week, was being pegged as a top-five pick.
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Impact looks to move up for chance to draft Bekker

Nick De Santis

Montreal Impact front officers Nick De Santis and Matt Jordan fielded questions about tomorrow’s MLS SuperDraft in a conference call this afternoon, giving every indication the club will try to swing a deal to snag Boston College grad and Oakville, Ont. native, Kyle Bekker.

Asked just how important the Super Draft was for the Impact, since the club is seen as being one following a new European-influenced course, De Santis replied, “I don’t think it is a new philosophy, it’s a club philosophy. It doesn’t mean it’s a European philosophy. We’ve always had players from around the world as well as Canadian and Americans.

“It’s important for us to look everywhere,” the technical director continued. “We have some young American players who form an important part of our core. This week has been important for us to see the best U.S. college players available.”
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