With the 2017 MLS SuperDraft starting today, we’re taking a look at our top five MLS Draft picks.
5. David Horst
Horst, drafted by RSL in the 2008 MLS Superdraft, took a while to find his footing but is now a regular starter in MLS. He never really contributed much for Salt Lake, but is now a respectable defender that scores the occasional goal.
4. Jeff Attinella
Attinella proved a more than capable backup keeper for Real Salt Lake after being selected by RSL in the 2011 Supplemental Draft. His biggest problem was that he was behind the greatest MLS Goalkeeper of all time in Nick Rimando.
3. Mehdi Ballouchy
Ballouchy went high in the 2006 draft being selected by RSL second overall. Mehdi Ballouchy was not a RSL staple, but did have a lengthy career with general success. He became a valuable role player in Major League Soccer and contributed to various clubs having his best years after he moved on from Real Salt Lake. He was part of the Colorado Rapids Real Salt Lake rivalry during its prime.
2. Chris Schuler
Schuler was a steal having been drafted in the third round of the 2010 MLS Draft. Before his troublesome foot injuries, he helped lead RSL to the U.S. Open Cup Final as well as the 2014 MLS Cup Final. He was on the verge of getting called up to the January camp for the U.S. Men’s National Team, but ended up needing to recover from an injury.
1. Tony Beltran
Tony Beltran was selected third overall in the 2008 MLS Draft. It’s difficult if not impossible to argue that Beltran has not been RSL’s greatest pick in the MLS Draft. He has been a consistent contributor for RSL from the beginning. He was there for all of RSL’s deep tournament runs, featured as an All-Star in 2015, and has been called up to the U.S. Men’s National Team on occasion. He is currently a veteran leader on Real Salt Lake and continues to have high-caliber performances game in and game out.
What do you think? Are these the best RSL draft picks? Who’s missing from the list?