2012 MLS SuperDraft

The 2012 MLS SuperDraft was the thirteenth annual SuperDraft presented by Major League Soccer. It was held on January 12, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. (ET). The draft was reduced from three rounds to two with the 19 MLS clubs selecting a total of 38 players. The expansion Montreal Impact had the first overall selection.[1]

2012 MLS SuperDraft
General information
Date(s)January 12, 2012
Time12:00 p.m. (ET)
LocationKansas City, Missouri
38 total selections
First selectionAndrew Wenger, Montreal Impact
Most selections5 teams (3 selections)
Fewest selections5 teams (1 selection)

Changes from 2011

  • As an expansion club, Montreal received the first pick in the SuperDraft.
  • The SuperDraft was contracted from three rounds to two rounds, making it the shortest SuperDraft in terms of rounds.

Selection order

The official selection order was set by Major League Soccer on October 21, 2011:

  1. 2012 expansion team Montreal Impact received the first selection;
  2. The eight clubs which did not qualify for the playoffs received picks #2 through #9 (in reverse order of season points);
  3. The two clubs eliminated in the Wild Card round of playoffs received picks #10 and #11 (in reverse order of season points);
  4. The four clubs eliminated in the Conference Semifinals received picks #12 through #15 (in reverse order of season points);
  5. The two clubs eliminated in the Conference Finals received picks #16 and #17 (in reverse order of season points);
  6. The club which lost the 2011 MLS Cup received pick #18;
  7. The club which won the 2011 MLS Cup received pick #19.

This selection order held for both rounds of the MLS SuperDraft. The same order was followed for the 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft, which was held on January 17, 2012.

* Denotes player who has been selected for an MLS Best XI team

Round 1

Any player marked with a * is part of the Generation Adidas program.

Pick #MLS teamPlayerPositionAffiliation
1 Montreal Impact *Andrew WengerForwardDuke University
2 Vancouver Whitecaps FC *Darren MattocksForwardUniversity of Akron
3 New England Revolution *Kelyn RoweMidfielderUCLA
Washington Crossfire
4 Toronto FC Luis SilvaMidfielderUC Santa Barbara
Orange County Blue Star
5 Chivas USA Casey TownsendForwardUniversity of Maryland
6 San Jose Earthquakes *Sam GarzaForwardUC Santa Barbara
7 D.C. United Nick DeLeonMidfielderUniversity of Louisville
Arizona Sahuaros
8 Portland Timbers *Andrew Jean-BaptisteDefenderUniversity of Connecticut
9 Chicago Fire Austin BerryDefenderUniversity of Louisville
Chicago Fire Premier
10 Columbus Crew Ethan FinlayMidfielderCreighton University
Chicago Fire Premier
11 FC Dallas Matt HedgesDefenderUniversity of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Reading United AC
12 Toronto FC[R1 trade 1] Aaron MaundDefenderUniversity of Notre Dame
Indiana Invaders
13 Philadelphia Union *Chandler HoffmanForwardUCLA
Orange County Blue Star
14 Colorado Rapids Tony CascioMidfielderUniversity of Connecticut
15 Seattle Sounders FC Andrew DuranDefenderCreighton University
Des Moines Menace
16 Sporting Kansas City *Dom DwyerForwardUniversity of South Florida
17 Real Salt Lake *Enzo MartinezMidfielderUniversity of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
18 Houston Dynamo Colin RolfeForwardUniversity of Louisville
19 Los Angeles Galaxy Tommy MeyerDefenderIndiana University
Chicago Fire Premier

Round 1 trades

  1. #12: New York Red Bulls → Toronto FC. 1 April 2011: Toronto FC acquired this first-round selection, midfielder Tony Tchani, and defender Danleigh Borman from New York Red Bulls in exchange for midfielder Dwayne De Rosario.[ref 1]

Round 2

Any player marked with an * is part of the Generation Adidas program.

Pick #MLS teamPlayerPositionAffiliation
20 Montreal Impact Calum MallaceMidfielderMarquette University
Chicago Fire Premier
21 Vancouver Whitecaps FC Chris EstridgeDefenderIndiana University
Chicago Fire Premier
22 New England Revolution *Tyler PolakDefenderCreighton University
Chicago Fire Premier
23 Chicago Fire[R2 trade 1] Lucky MkosanaForwardDartmouth College
Michigan Bucks
24 Real Salt Lake[R2 trade 2] Diogo de AlmeidaDefenderSouthern Methodist University
25 San Jose Earthquakes Jacob HustedtMidfielderUniversity of Washington
Ventura County Fusion
26 Columbus Crew[R2 trade 3] Aubrey PerryDefenderUniversity of South Florida
27 Portland Timbers Brendan KingMidfielderUniversity of Notre Dame
Chicago Fire Premier
28 Chicago Fire Hunter JumperDefenderUniversity of Virginia
29 Columbus Crew Kevan GeorgeMidfielderUniversity of Central Florida
30 Sporting Kansas City[R2 trade 4] Cyprian HedrickDefenderCoastal Carolina University
Fresno Fuego
31 New York Red Bulls Ryan MearaGoalkeeperFordham University
Jersey Express
32 Philadelphia Union Greg JordanMidfielderCreighton University
33 San Jose Earthquakes[R2 trade 5] Chris BlaisGoalkeeperUniversity of South Florida
34 Seattle Sounders FC Babayele SodadeForwardUniversity of Alabama-Birmingham
Michigan Bucks
35 Philadelphia Union[R2 trade 6] Ray GaddisDefenderWest Virginia University
Reading United
36 Real Salt Lake Sebastián VelásquezMidfielderSpartanburg Methodist College
37 Houston Dynamo Warren CreavalleMidfielderUniversity of Central Florida
Carolina Dynamo
38 Los Angeles Galaxy Kenney WalkerMidfielderUniversity of Louisville
Chicago Fire Premier

Round 2 trades

  1. #23: Toronto FC → Chicago Fire. 28 July 2011: Chicago Fire acquired this second-round selection and defender Dan Gargan from Toronto FC in exchange for defender Dasan Robinson.[ref 2]
  2. #24: Chivas USA → Real Salt Lake. 6 April 2010: Real Salt Lake acquired a conditional 2012 SuperDraft pick, which became this pick, from Chivas USA in exchange for the rights to defender Dario Delgado.[ref 3]
  3. #26: D.C. United → Columbus Crew. 6 August 2010: Columbus Crew acquired this second-round selection from D.C. United in exchange for defender Jed Zayner and a fourth-round selection in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft (which was converted to a first-round selection in the 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft).[ref 4]
  4. #30: FC Dallas → Sporting Kansas City. 9 March 2010: Sporting Kansas City acquired this second-round selection from FC Dallas in exchange for goalkeeper Kevin Hartman.[ref 5]
  5. #33: Colorado Rapids → San Jose Earthquakes. 7 April 2010: San Jose Earthquakes acquired this second-round selection from Colorado Rapids in exchange for forward Quincy Amarikwa.[ref 6]
  6. #35: Sporting Kansas City → Philadelphia Union. 30 June 2010: Philadelphia Union acquired this second-round selection, a second-round selection in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft, and allocation money from Kansas City Wizards in exchange for defender Shavar Thomas.[ref 7]

Round 3 and round 4 trades

Prior to the reduction of the 2012 SuperDraft to two rounds, trades were made which involved SuperDraft Round 3 and Round 4 selections. These selections were converted into 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft Round 1 and Round 2 selections.[2]

Other draft day trades

    Notable undrafted players

    Homegrown players

    Original MLS team Player Position College Conference Notes
    Colorado Rapids Dillon Serna Midfielder Akron MAC


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