With the 2012 MLS SuperDraft around the corner, the final additions to the draft class are being made through the Generation adidas process. MLSsoccer.com's college/youth expert, Travis Clark, will reveal and analyze the 2012 members of the GA class.
In the latest edition, we take a look at Creighton left back Tyler Polak.
1. He’s reliable.
In two seasons playing at Creighton, Polak hardly missed a minute of action. In total, he started in every single game he played in, making a total of 44 appearances and playing a shade less than 4,000 minutes.
2. He’s a shutdown left back who likes to get forward.
While Polak still has some developing to do, he's shown the ability to play consistently at the left back spot for Creighton. If he can translate his game to the pro level and adapt, he could emerge as a commodity in a position that is difficult to fill.
3. He’s an experienced US youth international.
Polak spent a number of his formative days at the US Soccer Residency program in Bradenton, Fla., and over the years picked up 35 caps for the US Under-17 squad. He played every minute of the 2009 U-17 World Cup campaign at left back.
4. He’s got ties to the Chicago Fire.
Like most college stars, Polak spent the summer of 2011 playing in the Premier Development League, for the Fire’s U-23 side. Could that be his final destination on draft day?
5. He’s a bit like…
Todd Dunivant. He can lock down his side of the field and can add to the attack if needed.