Thursday, January 12, 2012

And With the 35th Pick...

The Philadelphia Union take Raymon Gaddis of West Virginia. Gaddis is adding depth to the most fearsome backline in the Eastern Conference.  The Union defence played well throughout the season, often keeping the Union in games when the offense couldn't produce.

So will Gaddis be an instant impact player? Probably not. The Union backline is a formidable foe for any MLS attack, and Gaddis doesn't have a spot at the moment. But he will add depth to a line that needs it. If a player is injured or out because of card accumulation, Gaddis will be able to step in and fill the role on the backline.

Overall? The Union had a successful draft. They added to key pieces to their attacking power, a spot they sorely needed to shore up. And they added some depth to an already ferocious backline.  A draft can never truly be measured on the day players are picked, but this draft shows promise for the future.

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