Toronto FC select Daniel Lovitz 24th overall in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Having added depth to their defence in the first round Toronto FC looked to stock up the midfield in the second round. They selected Elon midfielder Daniel Lovitz with the 24th pick.

With Nick Hagglund already in the fold with the 10th pick Toronto FC shifted their focus to trying to add depth to other areas of the team.  With their second round selection, 24th overall, they went with a midfielder out of Elon, Daniel Lovitz.  It was another selection that was a bit off the board but that is the case for most selections in the second round.

Lovitz was a fixture at Elon for the past four years and he helped the team win three straight conference titles.  He was also named the Southern Conference Player of the Year as a senior with Elon in 2013 picking up four goals and six assists along the way.

Coming into MLS there are some big question marks surrounding Lovitz with the biggest of them being what position he is best suited to play.  He seems likely to be used somewhere down the left side of the field thanks to his strong left foot.  He was primarily a midfielder in college so it would not be a surprise to see him deployed as a left mid during preseason.

Lovitz is capable of getting in a good cross and has the ability to beat his man on the wing.  His pace is probably his biggest asset as it allows him to get into that space he needs to play the ball into the box.  He has a serviceable right foot on him as well but there is nothing all the exceptional about his game.

His stock was certainly not helped by the fact that he has been carrying an injury through much of his senior year and had to miss out on the combine to continue his recovery from an injured meniscus.  He should be back in time for the majority of the preseason but that injury might have put some clubs off from being interested in him.

Coming into MLS the biggest thing that Lovitz needs to do is improve the way that he thinks the game.  It is one thing to be able to create space for yourself and get defenders off balance but once he does that he needs to learn how to pick out the right cross and make the decision that puts his team into the best possible situation rather than just whipping a cross in time after time.  He also needs to learn to be more consistent which seems to be a common issue for wide players who often drift out of matches for extended periods of time.

His upside is intriguing as he has the skills to cause problems on the wing while still being able to cut inside and shoot when the chance is there but he will be hard pressed to make any sort of contribution in 2014.  If he can make the roster coming out of preseason he would be in a good position to learn from someone like Dwayne De Rosario or Jackson who are both proven players on the wing in MLS.

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