Archive for January 22nd, 2013

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Bring on the longshots: How the Canadian teams did at the Supplemental Draft

Hakan Ilhan, selected by the Impact

In the case of the majority of the players picked in Tuesday’s MLS Supplemental Draft, this may be the only time you’ll hear their names in conjunction with the clubs that picked them.

Some will come on trial, some will never sign. Some will go to NASL or USL. Many you’ll never hear of again. And, maybe, just maybe, one or two will stick it out and make it into an MLS match.

The Supplemental Draft is all about finding diamonds in the rough, gambling on prospects whose stock dropped during the combine or have been battling injuries.

But all three Canadian teams were active, stockpiling prospects — including Jamaican Ashton Bennett, who also carries Canadian residency. He will get the chance to try his luck at Toronto FC.
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It’s official: Onstad joins TFC as head scout

Pat Onstad

Toronto FC keeps boosting its Canadian content,

Just days after drafting two local products, Kyle Bekker and Emery Welshman, in the MLS SuperDraft, TFC confirmed the rumoured addition of former Canadian national-team keeper Pat Onstad to the club’s staff.

Like TFC president Kevin Payne, Onstad leaves the D.C. United organization to join the Reds. Onstad, who was a two-time MLS goalkeeper of the year and a three-time MLS Cup winner with the San Jose Earthquakes/Houston Dynamo organization, will become TFC’s head scout. He will also represent TFC in dealings with other MLS clubs.
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Impact draft pick Del Piccolo to remain with Eintracht Frankfurt

Paolo Del Piccolo

The Montreal Impact gambled, and its draft pick will remain in Europe rather than heading to Quebec for the opening of the team’s training camp.

On Tuesday, Eintracht Frankfurt announced it had signed former University of Louisville star Paolo DelPiccolo, and the American prospect will begin with Frankfurt’s U-23 side after impressing at training camp in Turkey.

The Impact chose the midfielder in the second round of the 2013 SuperDraft, 27th overall, knowing that Del Piccolo was in Turkey, auditioning for the Bundesliga side. Second-round picks usually don’t pan out, so it was a measured risk taken by the front office: Sporting Director Nick De Santis and co. thought enough of Del Piccolo to take the chance, but Frankfurt liked what it saw in the player, too.
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