All draft, all the time, as Philadelphia spent Thursday as the center of the American soccer world:
Soccer America wraps up yesterday’s MLS amateur draft. For a full list of those drafted, click here. ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle breaks down each first round pick.
For the local wraps, check out the Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and Delaware County Times for a more thorough look at the draft. ESPN’s Leander Schaerlaeckens drops the hypercritical routine for once in a nice story about top pick Danny Mwanga of Philadelphia Union.
Soccer America’s Paul Gardner offers a critical look at the unique role and state of the MLS SuperDraft, a uniquely North American concept, and why it’s not even close to what it could be.
Philadelphia-area product Chris Albright went to the Red Bulls in a trade, perhaps ending rumors he’d join the Union.
In non-MLS news, the U.S.-El Salvador friendly is set for Feb. 24 in Tampa, and it will be on TV.
Former MLS stars Preki and Thomas Dooley are voted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame. (International soccer news after the jump.)
Paul Hart lasts all of five games at Queens Park Rangers in England. Greatness.
More classy behavior out of the African Cup of Nations as Malawi claim they were denied a practice field prior to a 2-0 loss to hosts Angola.