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TFC makes Oakville’s Kyle Bekker their first pick


Kyle Bekker

Joe Robbins/GETTY IMAGES Kyle Bekker (left) of Boston College shakes hands with commissioner Don Garber after being selected by Toronto FC as the third overall pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft Presented by Adidas at the Indiana Convention Center on January 17, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Kyle Bekker is coming home.

Toronto FC selected the Oakville, Ont. holding midfielder from Boston College third overall in Thursday’s MLS SuperDraft in Indianapolis.

Bekker, MVP at the recent MLS Combine in Florida, played for Canada’s U23 team at the 2012 Summer Olympic Qualifying tournament and said he will be named to the senior national team Friday for the first time.

“It’s an honour, that’s for sure,” Bekker told the Star in an interview from the draft. “It’s nice I’m getting to go home and I’m going to have a chance to play in front of my friends and family.”

Bekker, who describes himself as an attacking midfielder with the versatility to go box-to-box in a holding role, trained with TFC in the summer before his junior year. He said he’s hoping to crack the Reds line-up out of training camp but also added that TFC boss Kevin Payne “hasn’t promised anything.

“I’m looking forward to getting there and trying to earn a spot.”

On Wednesday night, TFC traded the first overall pick to the New England Revolution in exchange for the fourth pick and some allocation money.

The Revolution used it to take Louisville defender Andrew Farrell.

With the No. 2 pick, Chivas USA took Connecticut attacking midfielder Carlos Alvarez, following through on their stated intentions.

TFC began the day with the No. 4 pick as well but traded it to the Vancouver Whitecaps for their spot at 10th and some more allocation money.

Just before they were to make that 10th pick, the Reds shipped it to the Seattle Sounders for the 16th overall pick and more allocation money.

A total of 38 players were chosen in two rounds on Thursday.

Toronto also holds the top pick in next week’s supplemental draft.

thestar.com – Sports

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