Mwanga at the 2010 SuperDraft (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)


Rookies are cheap and make your fantasy bench look colorful, they fill in roster spots while taking up a small amount of salary cap space.  But what if there were a few who could return on investment or even… Gasp… get you serious points?

Here is the class of the 2010 Class

Danny Mwanga
Philadelphia Union
Quite a bit of pressure on this kid as there is on the entire Union team. He was the number one overall pick in the 2010 SuperDraft and he’ll be thrown into a Philadelphia bunch that will have many holes to fill.  There will be growing pains in for Peter Nowak’s bunch and I think Mwanga will start, get minutes and score.

Fantasy Fact: He counts as a foreign player

Tony Tchani
New York Red Bulls
This Cameroonian talent played for Virginia and went number two overall in the draft. He may find work in what last season was a woeful mid-field.  I don’t see him starting right away, but he will log minutes as the season goes on.

Fantasy Fact: He counts as a foreign player and he does a lot of the toiling midfield work that doesn’t show up on the score sheet

Ike Opara
San Jose Earthquakes
I never have a handle on what Frank Yallop is doing, but I find it hard to believe that Opara won’t walk into the non-existent San Jose back line and instantly make it better.  Taken number three overall and the first defender selected in the SuperDraft, Ike is a big and talented kid. I think the ACC Defensive Player of the year in 2008 and 2009 will be up to the challenge of MLS attackers and is a no brainer to start on Bay Side, but tell that to Frank Yallop.  This kid may be a future back line man for the United States.

Fantasy Fact: Opara didn’t play a whole heckuva lot in preaseason, not sure if there is an injury concern or again the mystical Frank Yallop.

Teal Bunbury
Kansas City Wizards
Taken fourth overall Bunbury has everything he needs to be a future star in Major League Soccer, he is likely to be called in to play for Canada any day now and in addition to being Generation Adidas, he is the first second generation MLS player as his father Alex played in the league.  My problem with the young Canadian is that he had the misfortune of being drafted into a team that has a load of talent up that Perter Vermes brought in special to get some needed goals, not sure if he’ll get the minutes.

Fantasy Fact: Canadians don’t count as foreigners!

Zach Lyod
FC Dallas
Loyd is expected to step right in to the FCD defense and contribute. He left them stunned at the MLS Combine and he is versatile and may even be more comfortable at defensive midfield than on the backline, but that is where he will play for the Hoops.  Many have their eye on this former Tar Heel standout to be Rookie of the Year.

Fantasy Fact: Loyd’s versatility may provide him with a chance to collect more minutes and starts than your average rookie

Jack McInerney
Philadelphia Union
Peter Nowak likes this kid, he is a hard worker and only 17 years old.  He has a stunning 11 goals in 15 appearances for the US U-17 team, but I am not sure how many minutes young Jack will get.

Fantasy Fact: I see Jack Mac as a super sub, he may get points but coming in late when the Union needs a lift.

Zach Schilawski
New England Revolution
The Revolution love drafting from Wake Forest and though other teams have begun to catch on to New England’s little secret, Steve Nichol and co. may have picked the one Demon Deacon who can provide them with goals right out of the gate.

Fantasy Fact: Remember Noonan? This kid might have a points per salary ratio on par with him.

Michael Stephens
Los Angeles Galaxy
The word from Galaxy camp is that this Chicago Fire Premier product fits right in to the needs of the team. He was a standout player in an always standout UCLA program.  He can play on the flanks or in the middle of the park and has done just that in the preseason.  I didn’t think he could see minutes in such a clogged midfield but as the preseason progressed he earned the plaudits of Bruce Arena and Landon Donovan and really, that’s all I needed to hear. Stephens is having a phenomenal spring and there is talk of him becoming the Galaxy’s third rookie of the year in a row.

Fantasy Fact: Stephens will likely see minutes in every game. His versatility can provide a 70th minute answer to any number of aged Galaxy midfielders, he will see minutes and when he does he will get points

Tim Ream
New York Red Bulls
Ream is my early pick for Rookie of the Year.  Though he was a 2nd round pick, he will come into a rebuilt Red Bull team and share the center of the defense with Mike Petke, who can only serve to make the kid better.  I think he will start and that this New New York team will get goals and keep clean sheets. Besides Tim played for the Chicago Fire Premier and you how much love I have for that organization.

Fantasy Fact: Ream will start and play 90 right from jump street

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  1. Kaffieen Says:

    Bah, Goodman Browne, you are giving away my secrets…Oh well, there are sure to be some gems in there.

    We’ll see about the wake forest kid. We all know $.05 can find talent and make use of it on the pitch, I’m worried that there will be to many holes to fill at Gillette this year.

    Tim Ream, will be good I believe…for all the reasons you said. I also like the look of RBNY so far, and hey new stadium can’t hurt right? Plus he has a cool sounding porn name. We’ll see if RBNY can really get it done. One question, are they gonna need Juan Pablo, and how long is he out. I don’t believe he is gonna start this weekend…took a pretty nasty tackle from Deguzman (sp?) right at the end of pre-season.

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