With little time remaining until Real Salt Lake makes their first-round draft pick, here's a look at what some of the pundits have been predicting.
Matt Doyle of mlssoccer.com has Real Salt Lake selecting Ryan Finley, Notre Dame forward and a Generation Adidas contract-signer, in what would be a cruel fate for commentators with the official arrival of Robbie Findley yesterday. Now, Finley may well be a good striker, and he's not exactly small, but Jason Kreis and Garth Lagerwey have never drafted a striker with a first-round pick. Unless, of course, you count Jean Alexandre, which might be a stretch.
Ives Galarcep agrees with Doyle's Finley selection, calling him a "pure finisher." It's nice that everyone has us picking a forward, but if there's a better player available, we're likely to take him instead.
The staff of excellent high school and college soccer prospects tracker Top Drawer Soccer has us picking Erik Hurtado, a midfielder apparently native to Oregon who attended Santa Clara University. They peg his best qualities as "a dynamic combination of speed and skill." Sounds good to me.
Deshorn Brown, a forward out of the University of Central Florida, is Paul Kennedy's pick from SoccerAmerica. Apparently he would "be a good pick if still available." I'll take your word for it, Mr. Kennedy.