MLS Draft: Open Thread for 2012 Madness

Chicago Fire fans cheer on the Fire's selections at 2012 MLS SuperDraft

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.

UPDATE

First Round

Pick Club Player Note
1 Andrew Wenger (Duke)

Position: D/F

2 Darren Mattocks (Akron)

Position: F

3 Kelyn Rowe (UCLA) Position: M
4 Luis Silva (UC Santa Barbara) Position: M
5 Casey Townsend (Maryland)

Position: F

6 Sam Garza (UC Santa Barbara) Position: F
7 Nick DeLeon (Louisville)

Position: M

8 Andrew Jean-Baptiste (Connecticut)

Position: D

9 Austin Berry (Louisville)

Position: D

10 Ethan Finlay (Creighton)

Position: F

11 Matt Hedges (North Carolina)

Position: D

12 1 Aaron Maund (Notre Dame) Position: D
13 Chandler Hoffman (UCLA)

Position: F

14 Tony Cascio (Connecticut)

Position: M

15 Andrew Duran (Creighton)

Position: D

16 Dom Dwyer (South Florida)

Position: F

17 Enzo Martinez (North Carolina)

Position: M

18 Colin Rolfe (Louisville) Position: F
19 Tommy Meyer (Indiana) Position: D

Second Round

Pick Club Player Note
20 Calum Mallace (Marquette) Position: M
21 Chris Estridge (Indiana) Position: D
22 Tyler Polak (Creighton) Position: D
23 2 Lucky Mkosana (Dartmouth) Position: F
24 3 Diogo de Almeida (SMU) Position: D
25 Jacob Hustedt (Washington) Position: M
26 4 Aubrey Perry (South Florida) Position: D
27 Brendan King (Notre Dame) Position: M
28 Hunter Jumper (Virginia) Position: D
29 Kevan George (Central Florida) Position: M
30 5 Cyprian Hedrik (Coastal Carolina) Position: M
31 Ryan Meara (Fordham) Position: G
32 Greg Jordan (Creighton) Position: M
33 Chris Blais (South Florida) Position: G
34 Babayele Sodade (UAB) Position: F
35 6 Raymon Gaddis (West Virginia) Position: D
36 Sebastian Velasquez (Spartanburg Methodist) Position: M
37 Warren Creavalle (Central Florida) Position: M
38 Kenney Walker (Louisville) Position: M
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