Teams went back to the college ranks for four more rounds Tuesday looking to find diamonds in the rough who went unselected in Thursday's MLS SuperDraft.MLS teams went looking for the next Chris Wondolowski and Jeff Larentowicz Tuesday, turning to the MLS Supplemental Draft in hopes of finding the next under-the-radar stars-in-the-making.
The four-round affair, on the heels of last Thursday's two-round MLS SuperDraft, was kicked off by the New York Red Bulls selecting Monmouth left winger Ryan Clark with the first overall selection. A couple of picks later, first-year Portland Timbers coach Caleb Porter went with a familiar commodity, selecting his former goalkeeper at the University of Akron, David Meves.
The more notable selections in the first round included the Seattle Sounders landing prolific, yet injury-prone, Virginia forward Will Bates, who scored 46 goals in four seasons as a Cavalier, and the Philadelphia Union landing West Virginia center back, one-time U.S. youth international and area native Eric Schonele.
Toronto FC opened the second round by choosing Coastal Carolina forward Ashton Bennett (pictured above), a highly rated player who scored 16 goals this season and would count as a Canadian on the club's roster but slipped by other teams, in part because of his international roster status. Three picks later, the New England Revolution picked Elon forwad Chris Thomas, who led NCAA Division I in goals in 2012 with 23.
Eleven picks later, the Red Bulls landed Providence forward Marc Cintron, who scored a goal for Puerto Rico against two-time defending European champion and defending World Cup champion Spain in a friendly last August.
The majority of Supplemental Draft picks do not have a strong track record of making rosters, let alone having a tangible impact. Wondolowski and Larentowicz, however, have blossomed into two of the league's top talents, and they were selected in the fourth round of the 2005 Supplemental Draft along with Chivas USA standout goalkeeper Dan Kennedy.
The 2012 Supplemental Draft picks who made the biggest impact last season were Sounders midfielder Andy Rose and Union forward Antoine Hoppenot.
A full list of the draft selections can be seen here.