(January 18, 2008) – The Kansas City Wizards selected six players Friday in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft, including two first round selections. Kansas City took midfielder Chance Myers with the 1st overall selection and midfielder Roger Espinoza shortly thereafter with pick number 11. Wizards technical staff members feel they got six of the best players available in the draft that will add talent and depth to the roster.
Kansas City started fast, selecting two midfielders they had tabbed as the best two prospects in the 2008 draft class. Both Myers, 20, and Espinoza, 21, will not count against the Wizards senior roster or salary cap due to their Generation Adidas status.
“We felt very comfortable going into the draft based on having the number 1 and 11 picks,” Technical Director Peter Vermes said. “We got the players that we wanted, and we were pleasantly surprised at where we got some guys. Getting two Generation adidas players in the 1st round was very important to us.”
I think it was a great day for the Kansas City Wizards organization,” Head Coach Curt Onalfo said. “We picked two of the best midfielders that were available in the draft and added tremendous depth to an already strong MLS roster.
“Kansas City went on to select defenders with the next four picks. The Wizards selected Yomby William of Old Dominion University and Jonathan Leathers of Furman University with picks 23 and 25 overall, respectively.
In the 3rd round, Kansas City picked left back Matt Marquess out of Santa Clara University. The Wizards selected another defender, Michigan State’s Rauwshan McKenzie in round 4.
This Thursday, the Wizards will take more new players in the MLS Supplemental Draft.
Kansas City Wizards 2008 MLS SuperDraft Selections
1st Round, 1st Pick Midfielder, Chance Myers,
1st Round, 11th Pick Midfielder, Roger Espinoza
2nd Round, 9th Pick Defender, Yomby William
2nd Round, 11th Pick Defender, Jonathan Leathers
3rd Round, 11th Pick Defender, Matt Marquess
4th Round, 11th Pick Defender, Rauwshan McKenzie