With the 3rd overall selection, the Whitecaps pick CB Christian Dean from the University of California.
So, what do we know about Christian Dean, other than he is now a member of the Vancouver Whitecaps? The lanky, 6'3 Center Back was chosen 3rd overall by the club, an interesting decision given the number of young players on the backline already. Still, it appears to be a very solid pick, even after the Whitecaps struck out on Goalkeeper Andre Blake; apparently the 'Caps tried, but couldn't swing a deal for the first overall selection.
D.C. fielded offers from Philly, Vancouver & Dallas for No. 1 pick up to last minute. All wanted Blake. Deal consummated at 11:59.— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) January 16, 2014
Doesn't exactly speak volumes about David Ousted, does it? In any case, the Whitecaps now have a defender that was part of a sterling backline at the University of California, as the Golden Bears gave up just 21 goals in 21 games. Not too shabby at all.
The 20 year old has good size at 6'3, and appears to have a chance to make his name known in Vancouver in a hurry. Jay Demerit hasn't been re-signed yet, Andy O'Brien is 34 and had an off year in 2013, so, unless the 'Caps make some moves, Dean will look at Johnny Leveron and Carlyle Mitchell as his competition for the spot. (That being said, the 'Caps will have to make moves)
Finally, his scouting profile makes mention of his incredible foot speed and athleticism, however he can be too cavalier with the ball and must cut down on his turnovers and mental errors. Another knock is his ability in the air, which is apparently lacking for a man of his size.
That being said, an athletic defender with good size has to be good for the 'Caps, although with Camilo Sanvezzo gone, the obvious hole in this roster is up front.
With the 7th overall pick, the Whitecaps select MF Andre Lewis from Portmore United FC (Jamaica)
Ever since the Whitecaps lost Davide Chiumiento, they've been trying to replace his creativity. Daigo Kobayashi was brought in for that reason last season, which really didn't work. So, the Whitecaps selected Andre Lewis with the seventh overall pick, bringing another young Jamaican talent with limitless potential. (Hopefully he has a better attitude than Mattocks)
Lewis scores a goal at around the 0:34 mark
That being said, scouts love his creativity and his passing skills, two things the Whitecaps could definitely use more of. However, in my opinion, the 'Caps need immediate help at the position, not a prospect who may or may not do well. Lewis will best serve the 'Caps if he gets some time to develop, but isn't needed as one of the 'Caps starting 11.
What do you guys think? Are you happy with the Whitecaps first round selections?