Toronto FC have put all of their late draft picks to use, adding Robert Moewes, Oyvind Alseth, Lars Eckenrode and Juan Pablo Saavedra to their ranks on Tuesday.
There is something of a European connection running through the first three selections, with Moewes and Alseth born in Germany and Norway respectively and Eckenrode - who we’re going to guess may have a German background - training with Werder Bremen and Freiburg’s youth teams in 2012.
Moewes became the fifth goalkeeper to be taken in the draft when TFC used the eighth pick in the third round to select him. The 6’ 3” Dortmund-born stopper was invited to the combine along with Duke teammate Jeremy Ebobisse and earned solid reviews as part of Team Chaos. He played his senior season at Duke after three years at Binghamton.
Alseth captained Syracuse, where he was a teammate of recent TFC signing Sergio Camargo, during his junior and senior years. Born in Trondheim, the defender or midfielder played for Rosenberg in his home country and appeared in the NextGen Series before attending college in North America. Alseth looks to be a fairly versatile player, appearing at right-back in the video below.
Eckenrode is a 6’ 3” defender who captained Michigan during his senior year. As mentioned, he has spent time in Germany and also with D.C. United’s youth teams before moving to Ann Arbor. Eckenrode looks to be a calm, mobile centre-back with some ability to play out from the back.
Very little information is available about Saavedra. From what I can work out, he is a full-back who grew up in Virginia but also played for the youth teams of Wilstermann and Bolivar, two of Bolivia’s biggest clubs, before attending Virginia Tech. In his senior year, he racked up more minutes than any other player on the team and helped the Hokies to nine shutouts in 22 games.