Colorado picks four more in MLS Su­perDraft

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Daniel Boni­face Daniel Boni­face: 303-954-1104, dboni­face@den­ver­ or @daniel­boni­face

The Rapids have touted their col­lege scout­ing prow­ess over the last few years, and on Tues­day the club tried to find a few gems in the late rounds of the MLS Su­perDraft. The Rapids se­lected a goal­keeper and two de­fend­ers in the third round and a for­ward in the fi­nal round of the draft.

Chris Froschauer, a keeper from Ohio State, went to the Rapids with the No. 43 over­all pick. He started 23 games for the Buck­eyes in 2015 and was named the Big Ten goal­keeper of the year.

The Rapids then picked de­fend­ers at Nos. 56 and 58 over­all: Ja­van Torre from UCLA and Bradley Kam­dem from UNLV.

The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Torre split his time be­tween cen­ter and right back last year with the Bru­ins. He was an honor­ablemen­tion pick for the all-Pac-12 team.

Kam­dem, orig­i­nally from Paris, is a 6-0 de­fender who trained briefly with the Rapids last July. The club ap­par­ently liked what it saw.

With its fi­nal pick, Colorado grabbed for­ward John Manga, who was col­lege team­mates with the Rapids’ top pick in the draft, mid­fielder Em­manuel Ap­piah, at the Univer­sity of Cincin­nati. The first two rounds of the draft were held Thurs­day.

Manga is a 6-2, 195-pound striker orig­i­nally from Demo­cratic Re­pub­lic of Congo. He scored 12 goals on just 19 shots over his fi­nal two sea­sons with the Bearcats.

The later-round picks will en­ter train­ing camp Fri­day look­ing to earn a con­tract but could end up with the Char­lotte In­de­pen­dence, the Rapids’ United Soc­cer League af­fil­i­ate.

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