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The Daily Dirt, November 20: Sunday Morning Coming Down

Can Atlanta United use the SuperDraft to find key players?

2013 MLS SuperDraft Presented By Adidas Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

One area of Atlanta United’s player acquisition that we haven’t focused too much on yet is the SuperDraft of college players. This will take place in January and the bulk of the roster will be in place by then. The club will have a sense of what holes they need to fill with the best available players from the college ranks.

We’ll have more coverage of who some of the players are soon. As I’m building up my research, one thing has jumped out to me already. This year’s draft will have quite a few prospects on the defensive side and not as many in the attack. However, with Atlanta holding the #2 overall pick, that might not be a factor if they choose to go with an offensive selection.

In building the defense, it might not be a bad idea to try to stockpile another high first round selection or two if possible. Philadelphia rebuilt their defense last year in the SuperDraft, nabbing Keegan Rosenberry and Josh Yaro with picks in the Top 6 of the draft. There is talent at both center back and outside back that could start quickly in MLS and Atlanta United might consider that option defensively.


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