FC Dallas landed five more players in yesterday's rapid fire Supplemental Draft to help fill out their spring roster. The Supplemental Draft moves so fast, with picks often taking only as long as it takes to say their names, that the official MLS tracker often gets lost and can't keep up.
Even MLS teams tweeting got lost as the FCD tweeter had to skip a FCD pick and come back later to update fans on whom FCD has taken.
1st Round: Pick 15
Hyndman likes older players and has again gone that route with pick 15 in the Supplamental Draft in the form of about to be 24 Alexis Pradie from Embry-Riddle University. Only playing two seasons at ERU, Pradie was a two time NAIA All-American and the 2009 Sun Conference Defensive Player of the Year. He led ERU to 15 shutouts in his two seasons.
At 24 there won't be much room to develop beyond what he brings to the table now, but he should be tactically sound having grown up playing for Olympique de Marseille. So expect to see a hard working, mature player ready to contribute on a reserve team.
Perhaps a bigger trend we are seeing here is Pradie being named PDL All-League team and a PDL Defender of the Year Nominee playing for the Ottawa Fury in 2009. That PDL trend surfaces again in later picks.
1st Round: Pick 17
Paul "Bim" Ogunyemi
As we mentioned PDL play has become a big factor in some of these picks and that's true with FCD's next pick: Paul Ogunyemi from tiny two year Schoolcraft College. Ogunyemi played two years in PDL, for Michigan Bucks in 2009 and then winning the PDL title with Portland Timbers in 2010.
Listed as a midfielder or forward in various places, Ogunyemi looks to bring some flexibility and versatility, another current FCD pick rend. Tall, strong, and fast, "Bim" played mostly on the wings for Portland.
Ogunyemi also shows big game clutchness scoring 3 goals in 4 playoff games including both the PDL Semi and Final in the Portland title run last year. Ogunyemi started all 20 matches, including playoffs for the Timbers, who went 20-0-0 en route to winning the PDL Title. Ogunyemi logged 1,589 minutes scoring four goals and seven assist.
You can hear from the man himself in this clip from Timbers Insider from last season.
1st Round: Pick 18
Seton Hall University
The PDL trend continues for FCD with pick 18. Brayan Martinez from Seton Hall also played PDL with Central Jersey Spartans. He was also named Big East Rookie of the Year back in 2007. Martinez is a play-making midfielder who can also score goals on occasion.
While he was at or near the top of the stats every season for Seton Hall, frequently leading them in assists and points, the lack of progress by the Seton Hall program has keep Martinez off the national radar and perhaps limited his development.
Born in Uruguay, the native of West Orange, N.J. was named 2006-07 Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year. He won the USL Super-20 League North American Championship as part of Player Development Academy in 2007.
Martinez is the first Pirate player selected in the MLS Supplemental draft since 2007 when Gordon Kljestan and Teddy Niziolek were taken in the first and fourth rounds, respectively.
2nd Round: Pick 35
Ariel Kekoa Osorio
Southern Methodist University
Osorio is a former US U18 who obviously has some history with coach Hyndman recruiting him at SMU. At this point picks are a long shot to make the roster, Osorio's connection to Hyndman means the coach should know what he's getting and if the player will come in and work hard in the spring despite being a long shot.
Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, he played 73 career matches for SMU, scoring two goals and adding six assists. Osario played in all 20 matches for a 16-2-2 SMU team in 2010.
3rd Round: Pick 52
Southern Methodist University
While FCD won't be carrying four keepers on their roster they do like to have four keepers in camp. Last year Hill spent the sumer training with FCD. In previous years FCD has hosted the MLS pool keeper to get that extra body. Given the familiarity with the staff, it seems likely that if he's willing Hill could spend the entire season as a practice player for FCD. Given how difficult it can be for a keeper to get really op notch training and game, just ask Josh Lambo, Hill may not want to pass up the chance to develop.
The starting goalkeeper for SMU, Hill played in 56 matches for SMU during his collegiate career. He finished with a career Goals Against Average of 1.12 and recorded 14 shutouts.