The best all-around footballer and MLS-ready player in Thursday’s MLS SuperDraft was – wait for it – Canadian, according to Toronto FC president and general manager Kevin Payne.
And, even after trading away the first overall pick to the New England Revolution Wednesday night, the Reds managed to snag him at No. 3.
“We scouted Kyle (Bekker) pretty heavily,” Payne said of Bekker, a Canadian youth international and Oakville, Ont.-native, who played collegiately at Boston College.
“We went into the draft believing that Kyle was the best footballer in the draft. As far as being ready to be a professional, he was probably the No. 1 guy in the draft.”
He was a player the Reds knew they could get even after moving down the draft board – and that’s just where the mind games started.
Occupying the No. 4 pick after taking Bekker at No. 3, Toronto FC agreed to send the fourth overall selection to the Vancouver Whitecaps for the No. 10 pick and allocation cash (mone