Toronto FC started the day with just one selection left, their 4th round pick, 60th overall. Despite a few interesting names still available they didn't make a trade to pick higher, instead just sticking with that 60th pick, which they used on Kene Eze.
The chances of this working out are pretty pretty small. Last year, back when it was still called the supplemental draft, they selected Ashton Bennett, Taylor Morgan, Nik Robson and Jose Gomez. Bennett played 16 minutes Morgan got 15 before they were both dumped on May 14th, and they were the success stories, Robson and Gomez being dumped on February 10th even when TFC had nothing close to a full or settled squad At least they did make it out to the start of pre season in Orlando, some of the 2012 picks didn't even get that far. Michael Green, Nickardo Blake, Mykell Bates, Arthur Ivo and Mike Mazzullo. Remember them? Nope, didn't think so. Blake, Bates, Ivo and Mazzullo got as far as February 3rd. Green did get the pre season trip but didn't crack the squad. But of course to offset all that cynical talk, there's Joao Plata from 2011 picked at this stage of proceedings, so best not to write anyone off just yet.
Anyway, enough about those guys, what about Eze? Well, he's a 22 year old (exactly, today's his birthday!) forward from Rutgers, and has been their leading scorer for the last 3 years, in 2013 he only played 14 games but scored 8 goals with 4 assists.
For some brief scouting soundbites, check out his profile on MLSSoccer.com. I'll sum them up, fast, liable to get kicked all over the place and needs to improve tactically.
Top Drawer soccer had him at number 96 on their last mock draft board, which isn't exactly encouraging and neither they or MLSSoccer.com have a highlights video to link, also not encouraging. Google does bring up a highlights video from high school, so here's that, I'm sure it's still very relevant
Let's hope we actually get to see even a little bit of pre season action, but probably best not to count on it. Even without other additions, he's well down the depth list at forward. Really, I'm just waiting for the club to put out their news release with a pronunciation guide so I know what direction to go with for good puns. When he's inevitably released (which is probably the next time we'll write about him) will the headline be 'Over-Eze', or 'Oh my god, you killed Kene! You Bastards!'
If anyone out there does know something about Eze or has seen him play and can offer any insight, feel free to share.
Anyway welcome Kene, best of luck to you, I hope you prove the tone of this article completely wrong.
Here's the full results for the 3rd and 4th round.
|39. Portland Timbers||George Fochive, Uconn, D||Stumptown Footy|
|40. Chivas USA||Kris Tyrpak, Houston Baptist, M||The Goat Parade|
|41. Sporting Kansas City||Peter Schmetz, UC Santa Barbara, D||The Daily Wiz|
|42. Columbus Crew||Fifi Baiden, UC Santa Barbara, M||Massive Report|
|43. FC Dallas||Nicholas Walker, Farleigh Dickinson, D||Big D Soccer|
|44. Philadelphia Union||Richard Marquez, Redlands, D||Brotherly Game|
|45. Crew||Adam Bedell, Detroit Mercy, M/F||Massive Report|
|46. Union||Alex Sweetin, St. Louis, M||Brotherly Game|
|47. San Jose Earthquakes||AJ Corrado, Indiana, M||Quake, Rattle and Goal|
|48. Montreal Impact||Pete Caringi, UMBC, F||Mount Royal Soccer|
|49. Colorado Rapids||Tolani Ibikunle, Wake Forest, D||Burgundy Wave|
|50. New England Revolution||Pierre Omanga, Southern New Hampshire, F||The Bent Musket|
|51. Vancouver Whitecaps||Michael Kafari, New Mexico, M||86 Forever|
|52. Union||Aodhan Quinn, Akron, MF||Brotherly Game|
|53. Real Salt Lake||Joey Dillon, Georgetown, M||RSL Soapbox|
|54. Houston Dynamo||Michael Lisch, New Mexico, GK||Dynamo Theory|
|55. Seattle Sounders||Stefano Rijssell, W Connection, M/F||Sounder at Heart|
|56. D.C. United||Zachery Barnes, Creighton, M||Black and Red United|
|57. Sporting KC||Alex Martinez, NC State, M||The Daily Wiz|
|58. Whitecaps||Mackenzie Pridham, Cal Poly, F||86 Forever|
|59. Chivas USA||Michael Nwiloh, Georgia State, D||The Goat Parade|
|60. Toronto FC||Kene Eze, Rutgers, F||Waking the Red|
|61. Chicago Fire||Zach Bolden, Denver, M||Hot Time in Old Town|
|62. FC Dallas||Ronny Mendoza, Manta FC (Ecuador), D||Big D Soccer|
|63. Union||Luca Gimenez, Wake Forest, M||Brotherly Game|
|64. Whitecaps||Michael Calderon, New Mexico, M||86 Forever|
|65. Fire||Kadeem Dacres, UMBC, M||Hot Time in Old Town|
|66. Earthquakes||Devante Dubose, Virginia Tech, D||Quake, Rattle and Goal|
|67. Impact||Jordan Ongaro, San Diego State, F||Mount Royal Soccer|
|68. Rapids||Albert Edwards, Lindsey Wilson||Burgundy Wave|
|69. D.C. United||Travis Golden, Campbell, D||Black and Red United|
|70. Real Salt Lake||Daniel Jackson, Coker College||RSL Soapbox|
|71. Timbers||Victor Chavez, UCLA, F||Stumptown Footy|
|72. LA Galaxy||pass||LAG Confidential|
|73. Timbers||Nikita Kotlov, Indiana, MF||Stumptown Footy|
|74. Earthquakes||Billy Knutsen, American, GK||Quake, Rattle and Goal|
|75. Fire||Byran Ciesiulka, Marquette, M||Hot Time in Old Town|
|76. Sporting KC||Reinaldo Brenes, Akron, F||The Daily Wiz|
|77. Sounders||Fabio Perieira, Michigan, M||Sounder at Heart|