The 2012 MLS SuperDraft will start today at 11:00 AM CST. There have been rumors of trades taking place but so far every team has stayed pat. If you have missed some of our pre-draft coverage, be sure to check out how teams have fared in the Eastern Conference and Western Conference between 2008-2011. Frank Klopas was kind enough to give James Coston and Tweed Thornton some time earlier this week and said the Fire are looking for the "best player available" as opposed to last year when they drafted for need.
Ryan Sealock gave a little draft history, a little draft preview, and asked readers what they would like to see the Chicago Fire do with the No. 9 overall pick in the draft. The majority with 70% of the vote selected 'Best player available regardless of position' matching the Fire's reported draft strategy. Tweed Thornton participated in SB Nation's mock draft on Sunday and broke down the likely targets for the No. 9, No. 23, and No. 28 picks. Content after the break will be updated on a regular basis. Readers that log in will of course enjoy the 'live' feature that automatically updates comments without refreshing the page. Hot Time In Old Town writers James Coston and Gregg Mixdorf will be reporting live from the draft floor and hopping in the comments. Draft updates will also come out via Twitter at @JamesCoston and @merwin_6, and the main account @HotTimeOldTown. Let the games begin.