Toronto FC looks to move up in MLS draft

STEVEN SANDOR, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:55 PM ET

The expansion Philadelphia Union are willing to listen to offers for the No. 1 pick in Thursday’s MLS SuperDraft.

And that could be music to Toronto FC director of soccer Mo Johnston, who is on the record saying he wants to move up in the draft, considered to be one of the deepest in MLS history.

“You never say never,” said Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz. “That offer has not come as of yet. A lot can happen in the next few days — I’ll never discount anything. I’ve seen trades for the first pick come together as close to five minutes away from the pick being made.”

The Union claims the club has been fielding calls from MLS GMs for months.

"The tires started to get kicked right after MLS Cup,” said Sakiewicz. “The tires are flat they’ve been kicked so much.”

TFC’s first-round pick in 2010 belongs to FC Dallas, payment for bringing defender Adrian Serioux to BMO Field in 2009.

The draft is highlighted by Canadian striker Teal Bunbury, who led the NCAA in scoring and won the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy as the top player in college soccer.

Also, Wake Forest's Ike Opara, a six-foot-two rock in the centre of defence, has earned plenty of comparisons to the Los Angeles Galaxy’s 2009 rookie of the year, Omar Gonzalez.

Either would have TFC fans rubbing their hands with glee.

The MLS Combine, going on right now in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has been disrupted by freezing temperatures and snow. But Sakiewicz said his club was “95 to 98%” sure of how it was going to go with its picks before the event began.

Because the class is deep, the Union would be willing to add picks; but extra picks aren’t something the Reds have to offer at the moment.

“There’s a great crop in this class,” said Sakiewicz. “I wouldn’t be surprised if we end up with more picks than we have now.”


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