Thoughts on the Dynamo draft choices from MLS Superdraft

Today the Houston Dynamo added two collegiate players striker Jason Johnson out of VCU and left back Jimmy Nealis out of Georgetown via the MLS Super-draft in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The two players will look to make an impact in their first year of professional soccer.

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Jason Johnson:

Picked number 13 the Dynamo have added a striker with pace and international experience with Jamaica and comes out of Virginia Commonwealth University.
Johnson, 22 will fit in nicely with the Jamaican contingent on the Dynamo with Jermain Taylor, JeVaughan Watson and Omar Cummings.
Additionally he adds a few unique qualities to the stable of strikers the Dynamo have with Will Bruin, Omar Cummings, Brian Ching, Cam Weaver, and the injured Calen Carr.
He seems to be able to create chances for himself and can stretch defenses with his speed.
Additionally, his is listed as Generation Adidas and does not count against the Dynamo salary cap.

Jimmy Nealis
Picked 37 Nealis helped to lead Georgetown to the NCAA College Cup final after upsetting the University of Maryland.
The left back it is hoped can adapt into an MLS quality left sided defender.
He could help provide cover for Cory Ashe but remember the Dynamo can in a pinch move Jermaine Taylor to left back and bring on new signing Eric Brunner.
Nealis is tall, can get up and down out wide and of course is naturally left footed.
Calling the college cup final I was impressed with his desire, competitive nature and educated left foot. Can it translate to MLS?

Two picks of promise.

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Comments

  1. William says:

    Glenn- It’s a roll of the dice in MLS Draft. For every Clint Dempsey( 1st round N.E. 2004) There’s a ton of Freddie Adu’s(1st pick DCU 2004) and Nick Besagno’s(1st pick RSL 2005)
    I like the direction the Fire are moving, attaining proven MLS vet’s in Lindpere and now Larentowicz, With both these guys you know what your getting, no guess work. At 29-Larentowicz, Lindpere-31 still plenty of miles left on them.

  2. Logan says:

    @William. You’re never going to grow your brand or sell players like Larentowicz/Lindpere to Europe (see Cameron.)

  3. Lantz OCU says:

    If Bruin shows well for the USMNT he will be overseas soon as well.
    Another great job for Kinnear and Co. on the draft this year. He definitely knows what he is doing.

  4. Mattoomba says:

    The Dom seems to trend toward a single nationality when he buiilds his teams. We started as Canada-South. Now, after a few seasons of transition, we are Mainland Jamaica. We’ve moved from snow to sand and from Molson to Red Stripe. Hooray, beer!

  5. Jeter says:

    I’ve noticed that the Dynamo have become a hotbed for Jamaican Internationals. What happens when Jamaica qualifies and we lose more than half our team to National Team Call-Ups? (Taylor, Watson, Cummings, Garcia, and now the new guy Johnson?)

    I think it would’ve been better for Mac Kandji to leave and for Andre Hainault to stay. I like to compare Kandji to an alligator with no teeth, he looks fast & scary but doesn’t have any bite and thus isn’t dangerous. He needs to see a dentist and get some fangs or something?

    Lastly, I was really hoping Houston would reach out to Bolton and grab Holden on loan for his road to recovery, that would’ve been awesome coming into the new year. Or they need to talk to the league and their sponsors and snag Drogba since his stint in China didn’t work out. Sure, he’d be expensive but so was David Beckham and look what the Galaxy were able to do. Plus, I think Drogba is a better player than Beckham although he wouldn’t attract as many women to the sport as David did which increased profits 3 fold.

  6. Jeter says:

    *Correction: Garcia aka Boniek Garcia plays for Honduras but he will be called up for National Team qualifiers as well.

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