2011 MLS Draft: A Look Ahead

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The 2011 MLS Draft is set to begin Thursday at Noon and while we have a good idea who the first two players picked will be, it isn't a stretch to call this year's draft one of the toughest to predict in recent memory.

I will be posting a Final 50-player MLS Draft Big Board, as well as a full three-round MLS Mock Draft later on tonight (They would have been sooner if I hadn't fallen ill on Tuesday). For now, you can read these Fox Soccer pieces to prepare you for Thursday's Draft:

The MLS Combine Winners and Losers

The 2011 MLS First Round Mock Draft

Please give these stories a read and feel free to share your thoughts on the MLS Draft below.

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26 Responses to 2011 MLS Draft: A Look Ahead

  1. fenel says:

    I heard rumor that A.J. SOARES is going first tomorrow.

  2. tomas says:

    Ives, is there a list of the players invited to the superdraft tomorrow?

  3. adub says:

    man if McMath falls to SJ at #15 i would really be shocked….

  4. MemRook says:

    I love what’s to come: the inevitable wheeling and dealing by teams to move up in the draft and/or cover their specific needs. It’s fun to watch. I just hope my Gals do right by themselves after some *very* questionable off-season moves (Cristman, really????). I wonder who will be this year’s “Are they serious!?” draft pick.

  5. Cletus Bugsley says:

    Wait a second. On the one hand, you say that Anthony Ampai-whateveritis had a lousy combine and his stock probably dropped (which was always slated for around the mid-first round), but then you have the Sounders taking him with the 11th pick, which makes no sense in light of his showing. Obviously doesn’t really matter, because everyone knows Seattle is packaging its picks to the bimbos…. uhhh, Philadelphia, for their first.

  6. 20 says:

    Will the entire draft be on tv or will it be like last year where they only show the first round?

  7. Travis says:

    To my knowledge first round will be on ESPN2 but nothing other than that

  8. Ricky B. Free says:

    The second and third rounds will be streamed at mls.com

  9. Timmy B says:

    Ives, do you think with the addition of Didier Domi and Ryan Cochrane the Revs will go for a scoring presence with their first pick instead of the best value? Anibaba would no doubt be a great pick but the Revs scored the 3rd fewest goals in the league last season. I think a Perovic/Meram pairing up front could be exciting to see.

  10. jon says:

    ives, any day now with that mock draft…….

  11. Stoop says:

    Got any Baltimore plans? I can offer a The-Wire-Shot-Scenes-Here tour for the adventurous. And the brave.

  12. RevsFan says:

    I’d rather see them spend a pick on a stud CM or CDM to pair with Shalrie. They really felt the lose of Larentowicz in the midfield and spent a draft pick last year on Schilawski.

    Revs played a lot of defense last year, so it’d be great if they could get a guy with some poise over the ball in the midfield.

  13. Thorpinski says:

    Annibaba will go 4th…I hope DC can get Omar

  14. b says:

    GKs tend to fall, and SJ says they are looking for a GK. It may not happen, but it’s the right spot to place him in a Mock Draft.
    I think Quakes fans would be ecstatic to get McMath, he is the real deal and could one day start for the USMNT.

  15. mike says:

    I’m clearly missing something. McMath must be a stud…otherwise as a Quakes fan I would be a little bummed if they took a GK with their pick. The team has so many pressing needs another forward or an attacking midfielder come to mind off the bat. Ives where do you see John Rooney going? I’d be happy if the Quakes could get him in the second round. Once again John Doyle we need an attacking mid.

  16. b says:

    mls.com probably cares more about the soccer stadiums than the draft, but yes the other rounds will be streamed on MLSsoccer.com

  17. b says:

    Omar from the U-20s or Omar from The Wire?

  18. adub says:

    im hearing Jalil Anibaba stock is rising fast…. i see him going #3

  19. Thorpinski says:

    Omar Salgado..fwiw new year resolution is to get the wire and watch from start to finish I’ve heard nothing but geat reviews on it.

  20. Thorpinski says:

    That would be DC and they just signed 2 defenders. I think he could go 4th though

  21. b says:

    No one has more post-combine buzz than Anibaba.

  22. b says:

    “McMath must be a stud”

    He is.

  23. b says:

    I know you meant Salgado but given that the draft is in Bmore I couldn’t resist.

  24. Kaiser says:

    Ives,

    Have you seen the piece on ESPN with the best and worst MLS draft picks of all time. They ranked Jospeh Ngwenya the 2nd worst overall pick of all time…even worse than Steve Shak. Be thankful you got out of that dump, cause their MLS writing is getting worse and worse.

  25. b says:

    Did you hear that rumor from a dolphin?

  26. fenel says:

    hey somebody’s got to replace the octopus.