Interestingish article here on the Portland Timbers website. (yes, this is Rich, but I like American things, too).
So while recent history suggests the Number 8 [pick in the MLS draft] has produced some promising young players, perhaps the most famous MLS Number 8’s of all time was the New England Revolution’s Number 8 selection in 2004: Clint Dempsey.
Dempsey won Rookie of the Year in 2004, played in back-to-back MLS Cup Finals in 2005 and 2006, and then proceeded to Fulham of the English Premier League where he has become a Craven Cottage legend with 39 goals and counting in 167 matches. The US international and World Cup veteran is considered one of the finest American soccer players in the world.
Here’s that first round:
Ah, Freddy Adu…
Anyway, there we are. Clint was the eigth selection.
(also, 2004? Yikes. How quickly things change, eh?)