The Vancouver Whitecaps finished up their MLS SuperDraft on Tuesday, selecting forwards Jorge Gomez Sanchez and Nazeem Bartman in the third and fourth rounds. respectively.
Bartman (insert your own Simpsons-pun here) is listed at 5’7 and 160 lbs, and comes from the University of Florida, originally hailing from Cape Town, South Africa. While little may be expected of a fourth round MLS draft pick, it seems Bartman comes with some upside. In fact, Top Drawer Soccer called him ‘The next Dom Dwyer’ last July.
Fellow SBNation site The Mane Land did a fantastic profile of Bartman, which you can find here, and they also had some pretty complimentary things to say.
Bartman’s skill set is extremely attractive to teams. He not only has great foot speed with the ball, but has the ability to burn past defenders and get into the box. His off-ball runs into the box make him a nightmare to mark and he has excellent awareness for not only where the ball is on the pitch, but where his teammates are.
The forward’s finishing has also been a big complement to his overall game. He’s adept with both feet and can bang shots in from outside the box. Mainly a right-footed player, he’s shown the ability to finish with either his left or right foot and is accurate with his shooting.
Jorge Gomez Sanchez, 5’8 and 147 lbs, meanwhile, is another interesting case. According to this article from MLSSoccer.com, Sanchez was a promising prospect for the Under-18 team of La Liga side Osasuna in Spain, but decided to head to America so he could play soccer and get an education. In two years and 36 appearances for Temple University in Philadelphia, Sanchez racked up 27 goals and 8 assists. Hopefully he can bring some of that goal scoring prowess to Vancouver.