Can you believe 2009 is here already and the MLS SuperDraft is just around the corner? The entire United front office returned to work this week after a long (and much-needed) holiday break. I think I can speak for everyone when I say we're ready to get crackin' and already really pumped for the upcoming campaign.
General Manager Dave Kasper, Head Coach Tom Soehn and the rest of the coaching staff are hard at work identifying players ahead of next week's draft. We'll provide you with updated information both in advance of next Thursday and live from the draft room floor on the day of the big event. By the way, the draft will take place on Thursday, Jan. 15 at 2 p.m. ET and can be seen live on ESPN2. Sick.
For now, we thought you might like to see the full draft order and draft procedures as released earlier today by MLS Communications (they're after the jump). More tomorrow.
Procedural rules for the 2009 MLS SuperDraft
Draft Rounds: The 2009 MLS SuperDraft will include four rounds and 60 selections.
Selection Clock: Teams are permitted four (4) minutes to make a selection in the First and Second Rounds. Teams are permitted three (3) minutes to make a selection in the Third and Fourth rounds.
Intermissions: There will be a five (5) minute break between each round.
Timeouts: Each team is permitted one (1), five (5) minute timeout. Selections must be made immediately following the timeout (no additional time given). More than two (2) timeouts BY ANY TEAMS cannot be used consecutively.
Failure to Make Selection in Designated Time: Teams that fail to make their selection in time must wait until the next selection is made, regardless if their choice is presented prior to the next team's decision. The team that was delinquent with its selection must immediately have its choice in hand following the selection of the team that followed. If not, the original team must again wait for the next selection to be made.
Trades: Prior to being announced, trades need to be verified and approved by the Commissioner and/or his designee. Trade announcements should not reveal the identity of players until those players have been contacted by their respective clubs. For example, Team A trades a "player to be named later" for Team B's first selection.
Team Passing: Once a team has passed, it may no longer participate in the Draft (e.g. may no longer select players, use a timeout, etc.).