Seven down, three to go for locals that can get taken in Tuesday's second MLS SuperDraft

Reading United alumni highlight connections at SuperDraft

Pedro Ribeiro

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Reading United has a history of contributing successful players to Major League Soccer.

Deshorn Brown broke into the Jamaica national team last season. C.J. Sapong won the MLS Cup. Ray Gaddis and Greg Cochrane combined for 40 starts with Philadelphia and Los Angeles, respectively.

In last Thursday's SuperDraft in Philadelphia, Reading saw six former standouts Steve Neumann (New England), Damion Lowe (Seattle), Pedro Ribeiro (Union), Jimmy Ockford (Seattle) all taken by MLS clubs. In fact, Sweat and Ribeiro were drafted as the No. 14 and No. 15 selections, respectively. 

"Pedro is a guy I worked with two years ago for about three months and was massively impressed with him both on and off the field," Union assistant Brendan Burke told philadelphiaunion.com. Burke, formerly the head coach at Reading, the Union's developmental affiliate has worked with many of the players drafted including Ribeiro, which it was later said the Union did look to bring in at the No. 6 pick before trading it instead for allocation dollars. "He brings size, creativity and so he'd different in a lot of ways."

They've got a pretty good thing going on up there at Reading

In Tuesday's third and fourth rounds of the draft (2 p.m., follow all the action via MLS' Draft tracker) there are still a few key names that could get selected by MLS Clubs. Here's a look at some of those notables.

Kadeem Dacres: midfielder, Maryland-Baltimore County

Dacres is a UMBC product who can play left wing or attacking mid.

He tabbed seven goals and four assists this season and was named a third team All-American by the NSCAA.

His strongest game of the year was probably the 3-1 win over Loyola (MD), with one goal, one assist, and seven shots in 87 minutes of work. 

Andrew O'Malley: defender, Notre Dame

O'Malley just helped the Fighting Irish win the College Cup at PPL Park.

He had a great tournament, pairing with fellow center back Grant van de Casteele to shutout New Mexico in the semifinal and hold off a dangerous Maryland attack in the final.

The Salesianum graduate and West Chester native really had a consistent senior year, starting 24 games, scoring three goals, and adding an assist. Notre Dame finished with 17 wins, six draws, and just one loss.

Patrick Slogic: defender, Cornell

The monstrous, six foot six Slogic is the Ivy League defensive player of the year.

If anything, he's consistent and durable. Slogic ends his college career as Cornell's leader in minutes played (5,894). He also set a record for consecutive minutes played (5,123) and added eight goals and six assists in his career with the Big Red.

Reading United writer Sean Doyle contributed to this report.

Contact Union writer Kevin Kinkead at k.kinkead@hotmail.com