The Vancouver Whitecaps went defensive with the 13th overall pick in the MLS Superdraft, selecting CB Tim Parker, a 21 year old native of Hicksville, New York.
The 6'2, 195 lb kid played his college soccer at St. John's University in New York, eventually earning Captain honors for the Red Storm this past season. Eighty-Six Forever had the 'Caps going with fellow CB Skylar Thomas in the SBNation mock draft, but he actually ended up going two spots earlier to Toronto FC.
Here's a quote from the Whitecaps press release regarding their newest member:
- Earned Big East honours in each of his four seasons (first-team nods as a junior and senior)
- Started 78 of 79 appearances with the Red Storm
- Helped lead St. John's to three NCAA Tournament appearances and a Big East Tournament title
- Three-time NSCAA All-Region selection
- Captained St. John's as a senior
- Named to MAC Hermann Trophy watch list in 2013 and 2014
Once a position of some depth, the Whitecaps suddenly find themselves with a very unproven back line, as it was confirmed Andy O'Brien would not be returning, and it's looking more and more likely the same will be said regarding Johnny Leveron.
With Parker, the Whitecaps have a potential laden, yet still very young CB core and will no doubt be looking to add to it before the season begins.
In the second round, the Whitecaps certainly added a new member to the all name team; Kay Banjo, a striker out of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. If you like pretty goals, Banjo might be your new favorite prospect.
It was an all around good day for Canadian soccer; Canadian Cyle Larin went first overall in the draft.