2012 MLS Draft: Chivas USA Take Townsend

KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 11: MLS SuperDraft Prospects Tony Cascio, Nick DeLeon, Sam Garza, Chandler Hoffman, Luis Silva, and Casey Townsend participate In "Creating The Beautiful Game" Art Exhibition on January 11, 2012 at Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The pick is in, and Chivas USA today selected University of Maryland forward Casey Townsend 5th overall in the MLS SuperDraft. He just finished up a strong MLS Combine, and is considered to be one of the best scorers available in the draft. Chivas needed a forward following the trade of Justin Braun to the Montreal Impact, and the still-uncertain status of Juan Pablo Angel means the team is light up top at the moment. Assuming JPA returns to the squad, his influence combined with the veteran experience of Alejandro Moreno should help Townsend adjust to the professional game.

Although Townsend has been highly regarded, he was also not a part of the Generation Adidas program, and is the second non-GA player to be selected in the draft, directly following Luis Silva to Toronto FC. Chivas' front office may have been motivated to stay away from GA players following the debacle with Zarek Valentin in 2011. Townsend will not make as much money as the GA players, so he will also provide value, as long as he can play competently at an MLS level.

Not to toot our own horns here at The Goat Parade, but in the SB Nation MLS Mock SuperDraft earlier this week, Rachna Kapur and I selected Townsend at number five. Here is Rachna's scouting report of Townsend to explain the rationale behind the selection.

At any rate, barring any trades or wacky shenanigans, we would like to welcome Casey Townsend to Chivas USA!

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