Our draft expert delves into the selections Chivas USA made today.
With five picks in the 2013 MLS Supplemental Draft, Chivas USA opted for only three selections. While they really should have just taken the opportunity to select two others, I guess it demonstrates that maybe the team will be looking for answers elsewhere this season when it comes to filling up the roster. Despite choosing not to use their last two picks, it seems the Goats actually made some good decisions with their picks. With two picks originating from Southern California and the other from Central California, Chivas USA remained fairly local with their picks, as many teams do in the Supplemental Draft.
Jose Diaz – Ranked as one of the top defenders in the MLS draft, Diaz was not selected last Thursday in the SuperDraft. There was a question about him here a couple weeks ago in the comments, and while I have seen his name on a few websites leading up to the draft, I don’t know much about Diaz myself. I did expect Chivas USA to select him though, mainly because he was highly thought of amongst scouts, and also because of his heritage. He is said to have great skill on the ball, and has great playmaking abilities, which makes him stand out from a lot of the other center backs in the draft. He went on trial with Mexican team San Luis, and played for the LA Galaxy youth team at one point. One of his major flaws, however, is his penchant for stupid tackles - we'll have to see how that works out on the next level.
Joe Franco – The defender from Cal State Northridge was selected as the 2012 Defender of the Year for the Big West Conference. He did not attend the Combine due to an ACL tear he picked up in Northridge’s final game of the season. However, the right back has been highly rated for some time, and is seen as a good pick should he recover from his injury. I think it will be interesting to see how Chivas USA moves forward here. To my understanding, ACL tears take at least 6 months to recover from, so he won’t be a part of preseason. Considering the team’s need for depth in the right back position, the way this pick pans out will be something to keep an eye on. Franco was actually rated as a top 50 pick on Top Drawer Soccer’s Big Board prior to the draft, but of course his injury really cost him from getting a good look from teams at the Combine (or take a risk on drafting him). It is also important to note that CSUN has already produced a relatively proven right back in MLS - the LA Galaxy's Sean Franklin. Could Franco live up to Franklin's play? Hopefully.
Paul Islas – Islas is the one pick that confused me a lot. I’d never heard of the guy before. However, after doing some digging, it seems like he could be a diamond in the rough. The forward from Fresno Pacific University was one of the top goal scorers in the NAIA (NCAA Division II). With 55 goals and 33 assists in 69 games, one has to admire his ability (just from reading those stats). Sure, the level of play in the second division is not as high as the first, but never discount guys from the NAIA. We’ve all heard of Chris Wondolowski, right?
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