After seeing what had gone on before us, I was pretty sure we were going to go after Alston and Frei, since they were both on the table, but instead we've landed Wallace and Pontius. I wonder what that 5-minute time out was for. Were we listening to offers for the #7 pick or did we do a deal for Pontius? Pure speculation here, but I wonder if we were talking to LA about a trade for Gonzalez.
Whatever the case, until we hear otherwise, I'll just start typing this response and hope no trades are announced before I hit "publish post."
Depth on the left flank and can play either midfield or at the back, though he's a bit of a project there. Still, even if he's raw, I think he can compete with Burch for minutes. (Horrible thought--good God, I hope this isn't a prelude to seeing more of Burch in the middle!) Regardless, we've made a solid move to address the depth issue in defense and added speed and a wide attacking threat all in one fell swoop.
One thing I keep seeing (from folks who follow college soccer more than I do) is that Alston was the best fullback available now, but that Wallace has the potential to be the strongest in the long term. Fingers crossed!
I was a little surprised that we went outside of GenAd at this point, but Pontius could be an interesting prospect in that he's one of the handful of players that those in the know feel could step onto the field immediately in MLS. That's good news because I see him as a sort of offensive version of McTavish. He can play up top and on the right side of midfield and defense.
I think the most important thing here is that from everything I've read, Pontius is a soccer player first. What do I mean by that. Well, he's a decent athlete, but he's got a solid skill set and is adaptable, two things that will make him a valuable pro in the long term, and able to slot in multiple spots to pick up minutes in the short term.
So what do you think? Did we miss out by passing on Hall, Alston, and Frei? What do you think of Wallace and Pontius? Any personal anecdotes, opinions, et al you want to share with the class?
[Update: I almost forgot to add the most important information of all. Both Wallace and Pontius have signed with the league already, so no Euro-walkabouts for those two!]