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RSL’s SuperDraft, 2011-2012: Where are they now?

During 2010 and 2011, MLS split the draft into the main SuperDraft and a Supplemental Draft which resulted in more selections. How did RSL benefit?

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As an established team with a consistent core RSL saw very little change at the top of its roster during 2011 and 2012. However, a least two picks made during this time played with RSL long enough to enter fans hearts and minds.

2011 SuperDraft

The 2011 MLS SuperDraft took place in Baltimore, Maryland on January 13, 2011 and Supplemental Draft held on January 18, 2011.

Round One (SuperDraft)

Pick #14 - Traded

RSL traded their natural first round pick to Chivas USA for allocation money as they were intent on keeping the core of their team together.

Round Two (SuperDraft)

Pick #22 - Traded

RSL had received this additional pick from Chivas USA back on May 9th 2008 in exchange for defender Carey Talley. On 24 November, 2010, RSL traded this additional pick to Portland in exchange for Arturo Alvarez who spent the 2011 season with RSL make 16 appearances with 8 starts for a total of 723 minutes.

Pick #32 - Traded

RSL traded this natural pick and an international roster spot to Sporting Kansas City on February 23, 2010, in exchange for the rights to Luis Gil. The two teams also agreed that Sporting would receive 25 percent of any future transfer fee received for Gil. Kansas City had just won the rights to Gil in a weighted lottery held by MLS despite Gil’s stated preference of playing for a western team. Luis was a member of RSL for six seasons from 2010-2015 making 145 appearances and 95 starts with a total of 8456 minutes on the pitch in the Claret and Cobalt. He was signed by Querétaro of Liga MX on December 23, 2015.

Round Three (SuperDraft)

Pick #50 - Traded

RSL originally acquired this additional pick from the LA Galaxy on August 14, 2008, in exchange for Clint Mathis and the 16th pick in the 2010 SuperDraft. On January 14 2010 this pick was traded back to the LA Galaxy for the 39th pick in the third round of the 2010 SuperDraft where RSL selected Chris Schuler.

Pick #52 - Jarad Van Schaik

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RSL had obtained this pick and allocation money from the LA Galaxy on January 22, 2009 in exchange for Demo Kovalenko. Although Jarad trained with RSL during the spring he was never offered a contract. He played with the Puerto Rico Islanders (USL) for 2011-2012, the Charleston Batttery (USL) for 2013-2015 and Rayo OKC (NASL) for 2016.

Round One (Supplemental Draft)

Pick #14 - Jeff Attinella

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Jeff was originally released by RSL without signing a contract. On February 22, 2011, he signed with FC Tampa Bay (Tampa Bay Rowdies) in the NASL. He made 24 appearances with 23 starts and 2150 minutes during the 2011 season after Tampa's first choice goalkeeper Daryl Sattler suffered an injury. He was rewarded with a new contract for 2012 which turned into a major breakout year for him. After playing every minute of every match for the Rowdies he saved three penalties during their victory in NASL championship game against Minnesota Stars FC. Named to the 2012 NASL Best XI, Attinella was signed by RSL on December 3, 2012.

With RSL served as the backup goalkeeper behind Nick Rimando for nearly all of the next four seasons making numerous appearances with the first team, the reserves, and with Real Monarchs SLC. Across the teams he had 36 appearances with 35 starts (the only non-start was he RSL debut when he came in as a substitute for an injured Josh Saunders) and a total of 3147 minutes. He made 29 appearances (28 starts), recording five shutouts and 107 saves for RSL alone.

Widely recognized as one of the best backup goalkeepers in MLS, he was selected by Minnesota United FC in the 2016 MLS Expansion Draft and later traded to the Portland Timbers.

Round Two (Supplemental Draft)

Pick #32 - Drew Cost

Drew attended spring training with RSL but was never offered a contract. He played with the Rochester Rhinos (USL) in 2011 and then retired from professional soccer to work in business development for Pepsico where he is still employed.

Round Three (Supplemental Draft)

Pick #50 - Nick Love

Nick attended spring training with RSL but was never offered a contract. He never signed a professional soccer contract and is working in Marketing and Advertising.

2012 SuperDraft

The 2012 MLS SuperDraft took place in Kansas City, Missouri, on January 12, 2012 and Supplemental Draft on January 17, 2012.

Round One (SuperDraft)

Pick #17 - Enzo Martinez (Generation Adidas)

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Enzo Agustín Martínez Beltrán (Enzo Martinez) played for three years at the University of North Carolina before being drafted and signing as a Generation Adidas player with RSL for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Although he appeared in a number of reserve matches and occasional made the game day 18 for the first team he did not have a single appearance during his two years with RSL. Enzo spent much of 2013 on loan with the Carolina Railhawks where he made 16 appearances with 9 starts and 3 goals in 868 minutes. After his release from RSL, Enzo was signed by the Carolina Railhawks full-time for 2014 where he became a regular with a total of 1514 minutes with 24 appearances, 18 starts and 4 goals.

Released by the Railhawks at the end of the 2014 season, he signed with the Charlotte Independence where he continued to see playing time with regular starts throughout the 2015 and 2016 USL seasons. He finished 2014 with 25 appearances and 4 goals in 1484 minutes and 2016 with 29 appearances and 9 goals in 2180 minutes.

Round Two (SuperDraft)

Pick #24 - Diogo de Almeida

RSL acquired this additional pick from Chivas USA on April 6, 2010, in exchange for the rights to Dario Delgado who never signed with RSL. Diogo was signed for the 2012 season but made no appearances for the first team. He was not resigned and left professionals soccer to work for Cinemark in Training and Technical Support.

Pick #36 - Sebastián Velásquez

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Sebastián had played only junior college football for Spartanburg Methodist Pioneers in Spartanburg, South Carolina before being drafted and signed by RSL. He made an immediate impact on the team and has his first team debut on March 10, 2012 against the LA Galaxy. During the 2012, 2013, and 2014 seasons Velásquez had total of 58 appearances with 31 starts and 6 goals for RSL and its reserve side.

He was traded to NYCFC in exchange for allocation money in December of 2014. During the 2015 season he had only 12 appearances with 5 starts for a total of 447 minutes. Relased by NYCFC Sebastián became the first player signed by NASL side Rayo OKC on January 15, 2016. Playing alongside many ex-RSL teammates he had 16 appearances with 13 starts in a total of 1102 minutes and helped the team make the NASL semifinals. With the collapse of Rayo OKC Sebastián has recently signed with Real Monarchs SLC for the 2017 season to the delight of many fans.

Sebastián has had personal difficulties in his life, which have affected his playing in the past, but it is hoped that this will be a fresh start for him and a relaunch to his career.

Round One (Supplemental)

Pick #6: - Andy Rose

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Real Salt Lake acquired this first-round selection from San Jose Earthquakes on December 1, 2011, in exchange for midfielder Jean Alexandre. During the draft RSL traded the rights for Andy Rose to Seattle Sounders FC in exchange for the rights for Leone Cruz who they signed in 2012. Cruz never made a first team appearance. Rose played for Seattle Sounders from 2012 to 2015 and then moved to England where he plays for Coventry City.

Round #17: - Emiliano Bonfigli

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Emiliano signed with RSL for the 2012 season and made 10 appearances with 1 start in 286 minutes. He had a single goal against FC Dallas in a 1-1 draw on April26, 2012. Released at the end of the season he has since played for San Telmo, Almagro, and Atlanta in Argentina and for the past two season at Zacatepec Siglo XXI in Acensio MX.

Round Two (Supplemental)

Pick #36: - Oliver Kupe

After being drafted, Oliver elected to continue work on completing his degree at Northwestern and did not attend spring training. He was never signed a professional soccer contract and works as a Wealth Management Advisor for Merrill Lynch in the Chicago

Round Three (Supplemental)

Pick #55: - Benjamin Ubierna

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Benjamin attended spring training in 2012 but was never offered a contract so he returned to San Martin in Peru where he played from 2010 through 2014. He then signed with Juan Aurich also in Peru before moving to Portugal and signing a one year contract with Moreirense of the Primeira Liga on July 17, 2016.

Round Four (Supplemental)

Pick #74: - Pass