MLS lives by a simple creed, there is no such thing as too many drafts. Thus today we had our fourth draft of the off-season with the 2012 Supplemental Draft. This is essentially rounds 3-7 of the SuperDraft but in the interest of time, money and general interest, it's been split off in to its own event.
Here's the important thing to understand about this draft. There are some solid young players available so with the right attitude and work ethic, first rounders can definitely make the team. After that, it's just as hit or miss as the lower rounds of any other professional sports draft. Many a great MLS player has been selected in the later rounds of drafts, including Geoff Cameron and Brian Ching, so anything is possible. Plus, Dominic Kinnear is quite good at finding diamonds in the rough, so don't be shocked if a name or two from this draft sticks around.
With those details aside, it's time to take a look at what the Dynamo did in today's draft:
1st Round - 7th Pick Overall: Brian Ownby, Midfielder/Forward - University of Virginia
Ownby is a 6-0, 160 lb. forward from Glen Allen, VA. 2011 All-ACC Second Team, played in 18 matches with 12 starts. Represented the United States at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup. Ownby's stock was hurt by injury issues, could be a real steal for the Dynamo.
1st Round - 12th Pick Overall: Karo Okiomah, Forward, High Point University
Okiomah is a 6-2, 185 lb. forward from Austin, TX. Named second-team All-Big South and to the Big South All-Tournament Team. Played in 20 games with 19 starts in 2011, finishing second on the team with seven goals and three assists. He's a speed guy, so that's always worth a look. It's just a question of if he can handle playing at a MLS level.
1st Round - 18th Pick Overall: Eder Arreola, Forward/Midfielder, UCLA
Arreola is a 5-6, 150 lb. midfielder from Chino Hills, CA. 2011 First Team All-PAC 12, played 23 matches (16 starts) and scoring three goals. Member of the U.S. Under-20, Under-18 and Under-17 National Teams. Played for the U.S. at the 2011 CONCACAF Under-20 Championships
3rd Round - 56th Pick Overall: Phillip Aseweh, Midfielder/Forward, Liberty
Asweh is a 6-0, 155 forward from Navrongo, Ghana
4th Round - 75th Pick Overall: Daniel Roberts, Midfielder, UNC-Wilmington
Roberts is a 6-1, 170 lb. midfielder from Sugar Land, TX. He was born in Reading, England and participated in the Dynamo's Development Program, so the team is clearly familiar with him at some level.