Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Whitecaps Add Another Three Through Draft

The Vancouver Whitecaps selected another three more college players on Tuesday through the Supplemental draft.  The Whitecaps having the first pick gave their scouts another opportunity to go over their reports and take their time to pick the best player not selected in the Superdraft.  They ended up selecting an import with the first pick and two domestics, a relatively unknown Canadian and an American with soccer bloodlines.

Michael Boxall, DF, UCSB

Boxall was also considered a late first or early second round as one of best second tier of central defenders in the draft.  The Kiwi has represented the national team at the U20 World Cup and at the 2008 Summer Olympics as well as having two senior caps.  He shows leadership and plays a physical style and while not especially fast he shows enough speed to make a contribution.  Here are some video highlights (Parental Discretion Advised).

Joe Anderson, MF, Coastal Carolina

While the majority of experts and fans, including myself, expected Curtis Ushedo to be the first Canadian selected, the Whitecaps made Brampton midfielder Joe Anderson the 19th pick.  The Erin Mills academy product played his first two seasons of NCCA soccer at Cornerstone University before transferring to Coastal in his junior year.  Anderson helped Coastal Carolina win the 2010 Big South Title as he recorded a hat-trick in the championship game.  A clip of his bicycle kick goal against Winthorp in 2009.

Santiago Bedoya, DF, Northeastern

With their final pick the Whitecaps selected Santiago Bedoya, the brother of American international Alejandro .  The Florida native has been a four year starter at Northeastern and also had a trial with Allsvenskan club, Orebro, last summer.  Bedoya has an above average work rate and speed but needs to work on his touch with ball in order to make it to the next level.

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