The 2015 MLS regular season is less than two months away, and all 20 teams will soon be kicking off their preseason camps as they prepare for the 20th season of the league. But before then, MLS will hold its annual SuperDraft of eligible college and international players on Thursday, January 15, at 9:30 a.m. from Philadelphia, PA.
The San Jose Earthquakes by virtue of their last-place finish in the 2014 regular season, will select at #4 in the first round of the SuperDraft. The Quakes would also have selected at the same position in the second round, #24 overall, but they traded that selection to Orlando City SC for forward Mark Sherrod.
A primary need for the Quakes is defender, which leads many to believe standout U.C. Davis center back Ramon Martin del Campo will hear his name called at #4. However, the budding U.S. U-23 international had a terrible MLS Combine by all accounts and has seen his stock drop considerably. The Quakes may instead go for a "best available" selection at #4, which could be Generation Adidas signing forward Romario Williams.
The option still exists that the Earthquakes might deal away their #4 pick for lower picks in the draft or value such as allocation money. The Quakes intentions will be revealed soon after the draft begins.
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