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Belated good news from men’s soccer and the MLS Supplemental Draft that occurred yesterday: Miguel Ibarra and Andrew Fontein were drafted in the second and third rounds respectively. Ibarra went eighth in the second round (27th overall) to the Portland Timbers, while Fontein was selected with the second pick in the third round (40th overall) by the Vancouver White Caps.
The speedy Ibarra’s pick in the second round (fourth overall round counting the SuperDraft) of the Supplemental Draft comes as a slight disappointment, considering that mock drafts had him going as high as the middle of the second round in the SuperDraft. This highlight video here put together by MLS is nice, but I feel like a better reel could have been put together. You have to wonder if Miguel’s size at 5’7, 135 hurt him.
For Fontein, getting picked by the 2011 expansion White Caps may be a blessing. Cracking a roster as a third round pick in the Supplemental Draft is not easy, but Fontein should have a decent shot against incumbent 37-year old Joe Cannon, 19-year old prospect Brian Sylvestre, and NASL call-up Brad Knighton.
Contrary to the UCI Athletics website release that states that Ibarra and Fontein are the only ’Eaters besides Anthony Hamilton to go in the Supplemental Draft, just last year both Spencer Thompson (Timbers) and Amani Walker (Chicago Fire) were taken in the first round of the Supplemental Draft. The year before that, Irving Garcia was taken by the New York Red Bulls with the 50th overall pick of the Supplemental Draft.
Now, Ibarra has a chance to join Thompson in Portland, assuming both of them make the team this year. Considering Thompson spent his entire rookie season on the bench, and is now on the injured list with a right knee injury, that is far from certain. In terms of making the team as a Supplemental draft pick, Garcia, Walker, and Hamilton all were unable to last in the MLS. Hopefully Ibarra and Fontein can make a more favorable impression with their teams.
In other MLS draft news, UC Santa Barbara impressively had two draft picks in the first six picks of the SuperDraft. Comparing UCSB (4th and 6th overall draft picks) to UCI (65th and 78th), the Gauchos look like the obviously superior team. However, it was UCI that finished with the better Big West regular season record AND the Big West Tournament crown over UCSB. If that isn’t a testament to the overall team play of UCI and the coaching skills of George Kuntz, I don’t know what is. It’s clear that the future of UC Irvine soccer remains bright. Best of luck to Miguel and Andrew in the professional ranks!