MLS | Whatever Happened To the Youngest SuperDrafts Selections
Have you ever wondered what happened to the careers of those young phenoms that got drafted so young? Could there be a lesson to be learned from there careers? Is there a pattern that derived from this list?
Below is a list of the 5 youngest draftees in MLS history.
1.Freddy Adu – D.C, United – 2004 MLS SuperDraft
Freddy Adu (born June 2, 1989) is the youngest player, 14 years, to be drafted in the history of the MLS by the D.C United at the 2004 Super Draft. He then ended up playing in thirteen teams eight years and eight countries. Needless to say he has been finding it difficult live up to the hype of becoming the next “Pele”.
He played with the U.S senior National Team from 2006-2011 ( 2 goals). He now plays in the division 2 league in the North American Soccer League, for Tampa Bay Rowies.
2.Nik Besagno – RSL – 2005 MLS SuperDraft
Nike Besagno (born November 15, 1988), the second youngest player, 16 years, to be drafted; first overall in the 2005 Super Draft by the Real Salt Lake. He played a couple of appearances on the U17 for the US National Team, struggled to secure a home in the MLS. He currently plays for The Washington Crossfire in the USL Premier Development League.
3. Santino Quaranta – D.C United – 2001 MLS SuperDraft
Santino Quaranta, (born October 14, 198), is the third youngest players, 16 years, to be drafted, 2001 MLS SuperDraft by D.C United. His career in the MLS had a great start, but a series of injuries thereon seemed never let him find his footing in the MLS. As of Feb 2014 he was announced as the head coach of Baltimore Bohemians of the US Premier Development League
4. Eddie Gaven – MetroStars – 2003 MLS SuperDraft
Eddie Gaven (born October 25, 1986), is the fourth youngest player , 16 years, to be drafted to the MLS (2003) by the MetroStars. He proved to have quite a successful career in the MLS; youngest goalkeeper in MLS history; youngest player voted in to start in the MLS All-Star Game (2004); youngest MLS Best XI; Save of the Week honours among other accolades . He made 8 appearances with the U.S. men’s National Team. He retired after the 2013 season with the Columbus Crew.
5. Craig Capano – Chicago Fire – 2002 MLS SuperDraft
Craig Capano (born July 7, 1985), was MLS’s fifth youngest player to be drafted (2002). His career in the MLS was short lived, 4 years, he struggled to not be perceived as too small for the league. He played as high as the U-20 for the U.S. National Team, a high point in his soccer career.