The 2014 MLS Draft third and fourth rounds were eventful for Texas with FC Dallas picking up two players and Houston one, while Austin Aztex saw five of their players drafted in to Major League Soccer on Tuesday.
In just the second pick of the day, the 40th overall, Austin Aztex player Kris Tyrpak was selected by Chivas USA, which won’t be a dream club for the midfielder.
Tyrpak perhaps betrayed his disappointment at which club he ended up at with his post-draft statements saying “It was unreal to get drafted, I’m ecstatic at the moment!” Speaking about getting drafted and saying little about the club he ended up with.
Despite that Chivas USA could actually be an ideal home for Tyrpak as it is a team which struggled with the linkage between midfield and attack in 2013, something Tyrpak did very well in the Aztex Championship winning season, on his way to the PDL MVP award.
Three picks later FC Dallas were up and they picked up Trinidadian defender, Nicholas Walker, the 2013 Northeast Conference Defender of the Year after an impressive season with Fairleigh Dickinson and a PDL season in Michigan.
Walker is an imposing defender, standing 6’3 and 190lbs and can stop players while also being good in the air, and if Dallas can continue his development he could prove to be a useful defender.
There will be a reunion for two former Aztex players in Vancouver after midfielder Michael Kafari was picked up with the 51st pick after picking up an All-Midwest Region third-team pick after his collegiate season with New Mexico.
The next Texas pick involved two sides as Houston Dynamo picked up Austin Aztex goalkeeper Michael Lisch with the 54th pick, adding some depth to their goalkeeping stock.
Lisch had an impressive collegiate season in 2013, with a 0.68 Goals Against Average, which was the ninth lowest in NCAA, perhaps a sign that Erik Marschider hasn’t done enough to warrant a Houston contract going forward.
Lisch could well follow Houston legend Brian Ching in to the Houston back-office, should his career follow a similar trajectory as he is completing his Masters in Spots Administration.
With the 62nd pick FC Dallas got their second pick with Ronny Mendoza joining to sure up FC Dallas’ defense, making use of those extra foreign places they picked up in draft trades.
Travis Golden was the last pick of Texas importance as the Austin Aztex defender was drafted by DC United as the 69th pick.
Golden suffered an ACL tear in 2013 and has done well to recover from that earning Big South all-conference second team.