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RSL’s SuperDraft, 2009-2010: Where are they now?

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Although Real Salt Lake made seven draft picks in 2009 and 2010, only four were ever signed to a contract. Who were they?

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Going into the 2009 SuperDraft there was little or no expectation that Real Salt Lake would end the season as MLS champions, but by 2010 SuperDraft the team's character and future makeup were firmly established — making it much more difficult for draftees to find the pitch and playing time with the first team.

2009 SuperDraft

The 2009 MLS SuperDraft was held in St. Louis, Missouri, on January 15, 2009.

Round One

Pick #12 - Jean Alexandre

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A native of Haiti, Jean-Marc Alexandre played as a midfielder for Lynn University and had already been called up for the Haitian National Team prior to being selected by Real Salt Lake. A large athletic player he spent three seasons from 2009 to 2011 with RSL interrupted by only a extended summer loan during 2009 to Orlando City in USSF Division 2. With the diamond midfield of Jaiver Morales, Will Johnson, Ned Grabavoy, Andy Williams and Kyle Beckerman becoming firmly established Jean struggled to find substantial playing time and had only 1312 minutes in his 14 starts and 40 appearances across all three seasons. During those same three years he

had 200 minutes in 5 appearances with the Haitian National Team despite never being a regular starter with RSL.

On December 1, 2011, Alexandre was traded to the San Jose Earthquakes for a first round pick in the 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft. He appeared for only 8 minutes in 2 appearances for San Jose during the 2011 season and was sent down on three short terms loans to Orlando City, by now playing in the USL, where had 6 starts for total of 481 minutes. He was then signed by Orlando City for the 2013 season after being released by San Jose. He had 13 appearances with 5 starts for a total of 448 minutes for the Orlando team that went on to win the USL championship.

Jean then played for Negeri Sembilan FA in Malaysia for 2014 and 2015 before returning to the United States after being signed by Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the NASL. During 2016 had 11 appearances with 10 starts for a total of 759 minutes. With the severe financial issues facing the Strikers is it uncertain if they will be in any competition in 2017 and if Alexandre will have a contract.

Through all the years since leaving RSL Jean has continued to make consistent appearances with the Haitian National Team and is up to a total 39 appearances including 4 in qualifying for the 2016 World Cup in Russia.

Round Two

Pick #27 - Removed by MLS for tampering

FC Dallas was awarded this natural pick on June 6, 2006 along with a third-round selection in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft as compensation by the league for Real Salt Lake violating league procedure and business etiquette in speaking with and hiring Dallas goalkeeper coach Jeff Cassar. The league also fined RSL $20,000. When asked about the situation by a local newspaper only comment by the team officials was: "We are done talking about it. It was talking that got us into this in the first place."

Round Three

Pick #42 - Traded

On September 14, 2007, RSL traded this natural pick, its natural 1st round pick in the 2009 MLS Supplemental Draft and a portion of a player allocation to Kansas City in exchange for forward Yura Movsisyan and a Youth International roster spot. Yura was a major contributor in RSL's 2009 season and championship before joining Randers in Denmark at the end of the season in accordance with a contract signed on July 6, 2009. He returned to RSL on loan for the 2016 MSL season and has since been signed for 2017 and beyond.

Round Four

Pick #54 - Raphael Cox

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Real Salt Lake acquired this additional pick from Chivas USA on December 20, 2007 in exchange for forward Atiba Harris along with a third-round selection in the 2008 SuperDraft. Raphael played in the midfield for Washington and the amateur Tacoma Tide prior to being selected by Real Salt Lake. He was with RSL for only the 2009 season and even more than Alexandre struggled to find playing time making only 6 appearances with 2 starts for a total of 205 minutes before being released at the end of the season.

Cox then spent the 2010 back with the Tacoma Tide prior to signing with the NASL Atlanta Silverbacks for 2011 and 2012, the NASL Tampa Bay Rowdies for 2012 and 1013, the USL City Islanders in 2014, the USL Charlotte Independence in 2015 and finally the PDL Seattle Sounders III for 2016. Aside for an injury plagued year in 2012 Raphael was a regular starter in all the situation situations and averaged between 1100 and 1600 minutes a season.

Pick #57 - Mfana Futhi Bhembe

A native of Swaziland Mfana was with RSL for only two weeks of preseason and never signed. He returned to amateur Mbabane Swallows in Africa on February 10, 2009, and signed with the Jomo Cosmos in South Africa on July 10, 2009. After making only 8 appearances between 2009 and 2011 he was released and left professional soccer.

2010 SuperDraft

The 2010 MLS SuperDraft was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on January 14, 2010

Round One

Pick #15 - Collen Warner

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Real Salt Lake acquired this additional first-round pick from the Los Angeles Galaxy on during the SuperDraft along with a third-round selection in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft in exchange for midfielder Clint Mathis and the #16 pick in the 2010 SuperDraft.

A product of the University of Portland, Warner signed with RSL for the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Struggling to find time among the well established RSL midfield he made only 5 appearances in 2010 with 2 starts for a total of 187 minutes and spent a short time on loan to USSF Division 2 side St. Louis. During Andy Williams' final season as a player for RSL in 2011 his playing time increased to 1108 minutes in 24 appearances and 15 starts, but Warner was left exposed by Real Salt Lake in the 2011 MLS Expansion Draft and selected by expansion side Montreal Impact.

Since leaving RSL Collen has had a productive MLS career playing as a regular starter for Montreal from 2012 to 2014, Toronto in 2014 and 2015, Houston in 2016 and he has recently signed with expansion side Minnesota United for the upcoming 2017 season

Pick #16 - Traded

Traded to the Los Angeles Galaxy as described above on Pick #15.

Round Two

Pick #28 - Traded

On July 15, 2009, Real Salt Lake traded this pick and a conditional selection in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft to the San Jose Earthquakes in exchange for forward Pablo Campos who played a part in the championship team in 2009 and was released after playing sparingly in 2010.

Real Salt Lake had acquired this pick from FC Dallas on April 8, 2009 in exchange for defender Kyle Davies who never made an appearance for RSL during a brief stay after MLS signed him to a four-year deal at the end of his contract with English side Southampton. The open spot left by Davies was used to re-sign Fabián Espíndola after his release in January of 2009.

Pick #32 - Justin Davis

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Justin was drafted and attended a portion of spring training with RSL in 2009 but was never offered a contract. He later joined Minnesota Stars — now Minnesota United — and will continue with them into MLS.

Round Three

Pick #39: - Chris Schuler

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Real Salt Lake acquired this additional third-round pick during the 2010 SuperDraft from the LA Galaxy in exchange for a third-round selection in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. Chris played for Creighton University and the Chicago Fire Premier prior to turning professional for the 2010 draft and being selected by RSL. After very limited playing time in the 2010 season Chris made several starts for RSL in the CCL early in 2011 and earned a role as the 3rd choice center back behind Olave and Borchers.

He was slowed by injury in 2012, but the departure of Jamison Olave after the season left him as the number two CB and a regular starter in 2013 and 2014. Once again plagued by major injuries in 2015 Chris made only 5 appearances and was released at the end of the season. Still injured at the beginning of the 2016 season Schuler chose to sign with the Real Monarchs for help in rehabilitating his injuries and made 10 appearances for a total of 723 minutes with them before once again signing with RSL. Replacing the injured Aaron Maund he made four complete games starts late in the 2016 season and looks to go into 2017 healthy.

The hope now is that Schuler can remain healthy in 2017 and provide for healthy competition at center back with Aaron Maund and Justen Glad.

Pick #48: - Traded

On February 27, 2008, RSL traded this natural pick to the New York Red Bulls in exchange for midfielder Dema Kovalenko. a quintessential hard man, Kovalenko made 22 rough and tumble appearances for Real Salt Lake during the 2008 season before being traded to the LA Galaxy on January 14, 2009.

Round Four

Pick #64: - Kris Banghart

Kris was drafted and attended a portion of spring training with RSL in 2009 but was never offered a contract.