From the halls of Foxboro Stadium…

Draft Pick Profile: Andrei Gotsmanov

Posted by Mike Marshall on January 18, 2009

Position: Midfielder
Height: 6-1
Weight: 170
Home: Eagan, MN
Born: May 6th, 1986
College: Creighton
Drafted: 2nd round, 24th overall


  • 2008 NSCAA First Team All-American
  • 2008 MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist
  • 2008 MVC Player of the Year
  • 2008 MVC Tournament MVP
  • 2007 Second Team All-MVC
  • 2004 Freshman All-American (College Soccer News)
  • 2004 Third Team All-Big East


  • Creighton was 19-0-0 over the last two years when Gotsmanov tallied a goal or an assist
  • Played his freshman year at St. John’s
  • Father Sergey, played for the Soviet Union at the 1988 European Champships and professionally for such clubs as FC Dinamo Minsk (RUS) and Southampton (ENG)
  • Older brother Sasha was a star forward at Rhode Island and played one season for the Colorado Rapids

What they’re Saying:

Andrei Gotsmanov ( What would you say some of your biggest strengths as a player are? What do you think you need to improve in order to be successful at the next level?
My passing ability, my shooting, keeping the ball, playing smart are my biggest strengths. I need to improve on heading, taking people on, and defend for 90 minutes. “Gotsmanov is the best pure attacking talent on the midfielder board at this stage, yet questions have been raised about his pace and athleticism. However, at 6-foot-1 he has the size to play in the modern professional midfield.”

Pro Player Pipeline: “nice first touch, but his passing was off, reflective of not knowing his team mates; played as expected;”

Admired his play after reviewing tapes of Creighton following the MLS draft. Against MD, “Gotsmanov like MD’s AM Graham Zusi is the best technical player on the field but eventually may not be the best professional. The more that I see Gotsmanov the more that I admire his touch. However, I can’t throw the comparison of DC United’s Rod Dyachenko. Nice touch, in college having a little more time and space, but eventually lacking the athleticism and the professional touch and without a position that he is able to play in the next level. Another guy to compare him to is Xavier Balc (without Balc’s powerful shot).”

3rd Degree: “A tall, play making type midfielder that was unfortunately injured and couldn’t be truly involved at the combine.  Pace is a question.”

“Good defending but not a real playmaker, good long passes.  He’s playing to high as an a-mid, needs to be a holder or linker.  Tall for a midfielder. ” “He just didn’t impress me much. Didn’t seem too interested in going at people. He looked content to hit long balls, which weren’t that bad, but I’m not sure he stood out.”

“Another highly-regarded player who didn’t have a great combine. Actually, it wasn’t that he had a bad Combine, he was hurt for most of it, but when he did play he didn’t impress. Still, he’s a skillfull central midfielder.” “Gotsmanov showed some neat touches and displayed obvious skill. But he didn’t show that he was much of a fit at the attacking mid spot and yet he doesn’t seem like much of a fit anywhere else on the field, given his work rate and his fitness levels.”


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