The "Inside the SuperDraft" feature that the MLS has put together the last couple of years can be an entertaining look into the inner workings of the MLS draft. Mixed in with player interviews and strategy meetings we get an occasional glimpse into the interactions between clubs. While this year's rendition has been largely Sounders-less (they skipped right over the trade for Zavaleta) the most recent episode gave us a look at what we were trying to do in the second round.
With the Rapids on the clock at pick 25 overall, ten ahead of where the Sounders sat at 35, we see their Technical Director Paul Bravo engaged in conversation with Chris Henderson. The audio of the ensuing conversations is poor, but from what I can tell the conversation brings up two interesting questions. Colorado wants to take Kory Kindle, who is considered by some the best LB in a deep LB class, but they take the time to talk to Henderson about a trade. Bravo asks his team if they want to call a timeout to "discuss the international slot". After taking the timeout he explains to his team that we would give up an international slot for two years in exchange for their pick. They elect to turn down the deal and take Kindle.
Now there's no way to know for sure who we wanted, but it seemed pretty clear the Rapids were going for Kindle and we wanted that pick instead. If we were indeed gunning for Kindle, was it just lip service when the Sounders later told us that Dylan Remick, the LB we selected 10 spots later, was their "best left back in the draft?"
More importantly, did we actually luck out by having the trade turned down? We eventually offered that same deal (two years of an international slot) to Montreal for Lamar Neagle, and got our guy. While Kindle has apparently already impressed, getting the assist in their 3-1 loss to Portland, I'd like to think that someone who has proven they can work in our system, albeit not in a position of need, is better value.
Either way it will be interesting to see if Kindle pans out, and I'll probably always compare him to Remick as their careers develop.