Sporting KC first round pick forward CJ Sapong with head coach Peter Vermes. Photo courtesy Sporting KC Twitter page.
We got didn't one of the guys we wanted. Going into the 2011 MLS SuperDraft, centerback was by far the most glaring need on Sporting Kansas City's roster. Top central defense prospects AJ Soares and Jalil Anibaba went number six and nine, respectively, to New England Revolution and Chicago Fire.
So, you think they take either top 10 talent forwards Will Bruin or Corey Hertzog, right? Well, not so much.
I'll need some time to digest this one and think about it more, but Sporting KC went with 6'1", 185 pound James Madison Universityproduct, forward CJ Sapong.
On one hand, Sapong is a forward that was projected as a second round pick. That sounds terrible, right? But, as pointed out to me one Twitter shortly after the pick by SB Nation Soccer's Kevin McCauley, it means the team scouts their own guys and doesn't rely on Internet outlets for their Big Board.
Sapong just turned 22 in December and possesses US citizenship. In his four year college career, he 37 goals, including a career high 12 in 2010 as a senior. He also recorded a total of 21 assists, with 9 coming in 2010, in 67 career starts being among his 71 career games played.
Taylor Twellman sure was gushing over the pick. I'll have more in the evening. This draft will surely go down on technical director/head coach Peter Vermes rap sheet in a couple years and could have serious ramnifications whether he is known as a great coach or a goat; and I don't mean "Greatest Of All Time" there.
For now, discuss.