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MLS 195 43 MLS SuperDraft 2014 - Review 32003234 Upon further review Upon+further+review MLS

Coaches and executive around the league expected some movement in the first round of the MLS SuperDraft. They did not expect chaos to unfold. Five of the top 11 picks exchanged hands as teams moved up and down the in a bid to meet their needs. The fallout left a goalkeeper standing atop the order for the first time and reflected the rampant uncertainty in the room. Read on to learn more about how this frenetic afternoon unfolded and where some of the nation's top college stars will start their MLS careers:

 

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MLS 195 43 MLS SuperDraft 2014 - Review 32003929 Andre Blake, GK, Philadelphia Union Andre+Blake%2C+GK%2C+Philadelphia+Union MLS

Union coach John Hackworth explained the reason why his club decided to move up one spot to select Blake: he knew for a fact the talented goalkeeper would not remain on the board past the top pick. Philadelphia shipped the second overall selection and an undisclosed amount of allocation money to D.C. United to claim the Jamaican youth international goalkeeper and create an immediate goalkeeping controversy with returning starter Zac MacMath.
 

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MLS 195 43 MLS SuperDraft 2014 - Review 32003932 Steve Birnbaum, D, D.C. United Steve+Birnbaum%2C+D%2C++D.C.+United MLS

Birnbaum completed a successful week – he earned top player honors at the MLS Player Combine – by coming off the board early. United possesses experience in central defense with Bobby Boswell and Jeff Parke expected to form its starting duo, but the steady Birnbaum supplies a valuable option in reserve with his steady work in the middle of the back four. The best part for United: the club managed to select the top player on its board and snatch extra allocation money at the same time after trading down a spot.
 

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MLS 195 43 MLS SuperDraft 2014 - Review 32003227 Christian Dean, D, Vancouver Whitecaps Christian+Dean%2C+D%2C+Vancouver+Whitecaps MLS

Vancouver explored a deal to climb to the top of the draft and select Blake, but it instead stood pat and waited for the promising Dean to fall right into their laps instead. Dean needs a bit of polish to complement his evident physical attributes, but the Whitecaps can afford to develop him carefully with Jay DeMerit (if a deal is eventually completed), Johnny Leveron, Carlyle Mitchell and Andy O'Brien in the fold.
 

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MLS 195 43 MLS SuperDraft 2014 - Review 32003931 Steve Neumann, F, New England Steve+Neumann%2C+F%2C+New+England MLS

Neumann provides exactly what the Revs wanted from this draft: a versatile attacking piece capable of filling multiple options in their fluid formation. His arrival – plus the addition of MAC Hermann Trophy winner Patrick Mullins with the 11th overall pick – increase the cover available to New England coach Jay Heaps heading into the campaign.
 

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MLS 195 43 MLS SuperDraft 2014 - Review 32003930 Eric Miller, D, Montreal Impact Eric+Miller%2C+D%2C+Montreal+Impact MLS

FC Dallas shipped this pick to Montreal in exchange for the 10th overall selection (plus an international slot and an undisclosed amount of allocation money) to permit the Impact to pluck Miller from the pool. Miller fits neatly for the Impact from a personnel perspective – he'll provide plenty of attacking intent from his usual right back berth – without limiting the team from a salary budget perspective.

 

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MLS 195 43 MLS SuperDraft 2014 - Review 32004802 Tesho Akindele, F, FC Dallas Tesho+Akindele%2C+F%2C+FC+Dallas MLS

FCD packaged the 10th overall pick acquired moments before and an undisclosed amount of allocation money to move back up the board to this slot. New boss Oscar Pareja fueled the decision to choose Player Combine standout Akindele with a little help from his former club: the ex-Rapids boss watched Akindele play at the club's college combine before returning to FCD. Akindele's pace over the top should dovetail nicely with the options already at Pareja's disposal.

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MLS 195 43 MLS SuperDraft 2014 - Review 32003230 Andre Lewis, M, Vancouver Whitecaps Andre+Lewis%2C+M%2C+Vancouver+Whitecaps MLS

Lewis reaped the benefits of his stellar Player Combine performance when the Whitecaps select him in the top half of the first round. His dexterity should bolster a Whitecaps side that often deployed a more limited holding player in the middle of the park last season. One complication in the mix: his status as an international player may hinder the efforts to bolster the team in other areas.
 

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MLS 195 43 MLS SuperDraft 2014 - Review 32003228 Damion Lowe, D, Seattle Sounders Damion+Lowe%2C+D%2C+Seattle+Sounders+ MLS

Sounders FC boss Sigi Schmid lauded Lowe's upside, but his arrival satisfied a host of needs -- a budget-friendly option capable of adding depth in central defense -- for the club. Lowe boasts the proper lineage for success: his father is former Jamaican international striker Onandi Lowe. Expect Seattle to show ample patience as he learns the professional ropes.

 

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MLS 195 43 MLS SuperDraft 2014 - Review 32003229 J.J. Koval, M, San Jose Earthquakes J.J.+Koval%2C+M%2C+San+Jose+Earthquakes MLS

Earthquakes boss Mark Watson said the club liked what it saw when it scouted the former Cardinal standout several times during his college career. The departure of Rafael Baca created a need for more depth in central midfield. Koval -- a tidy option in the middle of the park -- could provide it behind incoming French midfielder Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi.

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MLS 195 43 MLS SuperDraft 2014 - Review 32004801 Nick Hagglund, D, Toronto FC Nick+Hagglund%2C+D%2C+Toronto+FC MLS

TFC hopped into the top 10 by sending the 15th overall selection and an undisclosed amount of allocation money to Philadelphia. The switch allowed the Reds to choose Hagglund, a robust central defender capable of adhering to the instructions of manager Ryan Nelsen. He isn't Michael Bradley or Jermain Defoe, but Hagglund could help TFC if a need arises in central defense.
 

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