2012 MLS SuperDraft set for Jan. 12 in Kansas City

Draft cut from three rounds to two; Timbers have 8th pick in 1st & 2nd rounds

2011 SuperDraft Pre-show

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Portland Timbers

A new-look MLS SuperDraft will have a new home for 2012, as the league announced on Friday that the annual event is scheduled to shift to Kansas City

The 2012 SuperDraft is set for Thursday, Jan. 12 at the Kansas City Convention Center and will be held in conjunction with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Convention for the eighth straight year.

For the 2012 version, the SuperDraft will be reduced from three rounds to two, making for 38 overall selections. The first round will be broadcast live on ESPN2 starting at 9am PT.

As in past expansion seasons, newcomers Montreal Impact will be selecting first overall. The following eight picks are currently held by clubs that did not qualify for the 2011 postseason, in reverse order of regular season finish. The remaining 10 picks will be determined by the order in which teams are eliminated in the playoffs combined with reverse order of regular season finish.

A four-round Supplemental Draft will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 17. Both events are set to follow the 2012 adidas MLS Player Combine, which will again be held in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.