New England takes Andrew Farrell first in MLS SuperDraft
Andrew Farrell (left, 5) battles for the ball with Darren Mattocks (11) during the Division I Men's Soccer Championship in this 2010 file photo. Farrell was the No. 1 pick by the New England Revolution during the MLS SuperDraft. (Jamie Schwaberow/THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-NCAA Photos)
Published Thursday, January 17, 2013 1:14PM EST
INDIANAPOLIS -- The New England Revolution took Louisville defender Andrew Farrell first overall in the MLS SuperDraft on Thursday.
Toronto traded the pick to New England on Wednesday in exchange for the fourth pick and allocation money, which helps it expand its salary cap.
As previously announced, Chivas USA used the second pick to take Connecticut midfielder Carlos Alvarez -- adding a player with a Mexican-American heritage.
Alvarez played high school soccer with Luis Silva, Toronto's first-round pick last year.
Toronto, using a pick acquired in a December deal with the Portland Timbers, used the third overall selection to take Canadian midfielder Kyle Bekker.
Bekker, who's from Oakville, Ont., played at Boston College and turned heads at the recent MLS Combine.
Toronto GM Kevin Payne had raised some questions about the five-foot-10 165-pound Bekker ahead of the draft, but evidently was just trying to throw off other teams.
Toronto then swapped the fourth pick for Vancouver's 10th pick and allocation money.
The Whitecaps used the fourth pick to take Gambian-born forward Kekuta Manneh. The 18-year-old, seen as a speedy project, was one of the players to make an impression at the combine.
Vancouver then took Santa Clara's Erik Hurtado, a fast and athletic forward.
Colorado chose Jamaican forward Deshorn Brown from Central Florida with the sixth selection.
Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver entered the draft with two picks apiece in the first round.