Toronto FC adds four players via SuperDraft, Canadian Nanco goes to Philadelphia


Published on January 17, 2017

Toronto FC was busy in the final two rounds of Major League Soccer's SuperDraft.

The club added four players, two in each round, as MLS teams concluded the draft by conference call on Tuesday.

Toronto selected Duke goalkeeper Robert Moewes with the eighth pick of the third round. Toronto received the pick from Orlando in a 2015 trade that sent goaltender Joe Bendik to Florida.

TFC selected Syracuse defender/midfielder Oyvind Alseth with the 21st pick of the third, then added Michigan defender Lars Eckenrode with the 17th pick of the fourth round. That selection was acquired via a 2014 trade with the New York Red Bulls.

Toronto selected Vermont defender Juan Pablo Saavedra with the second-last pick of the draft.

The Vancouver Whitecaps drafted in the seventh spot and made use of both of their selections, acquiring Temple forward Jorge Gomez Sanchez and South Florida forward Nazeem Bartman in the third and fourth round respectively.

The Montreal Impact, drafting 19th, passed in both rounds.

The Philadelphia Union picked up Canadian Chris Nanco with the 11th pick of the third round.

The elusive five-foot-six, 145-pound forward from Brampton, Ont., had seven goals, including five game-winners, with Syracuse last season.

The Canadian Press