SBI 2013 MLS Mock Draft (Version 3.0)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The 2013 MLS Draft is now less than a week away, and while the MLS Combine could do a lot to impact the ranking of some players, MLS teams have a pretty good sense of which players they like and which positions they think they can address at the draft.

Plenty could, and will change in the eyes of scouts over the course of the next five days at the Combine, but if you were wondering how the MLS Draft would play out without the Combine, we will offer you a glimpse of what that might look like.

Here is SBI’s final pre-Combine MLS Mock Draft (Yes, I know, it’s technically not pre-Combine since it’s posting during the first match, but you get the idea. You can blame the flu that’s been going around for slowing down the works. Look for me to fill this out over the course of the day so check back in tonight):

SBI 2013 MLS Mock Draft (Version 3.0)

(*-Generation adidas player, #International Player)

FIRST ROUND

1- TORONTO FC 

*Andrew Farrell, Louisville, Centerback

TFC’s recent acquisition of Gale Agbossoumonde makes it that much more likely they deal the No. 1 overall pick (or the No. 3 pick). Whether TFC keeps the pick or trades it, Farrell is a good bet to the player taken here. He is widely regarded as the best player in the draft. Scouts believe he can step in and start from day one. Athletic and technically-skilled centerback. Interest in Farrell is driving the trade market.. Trading down and securing some allocation money makes the most sense. Whatever Toronto does, the chances are very high that Farrell is the first player off the board.

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2- CHIVAS USA

*Mikey Lopez, North Carolina, Central Midfielder

The Goats are in a state of flux and it remains unclear just how prepared they are to handle the draft. If we are to believe Chivas USA’s new head coach Jose Luis Sanchez Sola,  the Goats want to emphasize and establish a Mexican influence on their roster. Lopez is both a top three talent, and a Mexican-American. Most teams would probably take Walker Zimmerman first, and you could argue that Zimmerman fits Chivas USA’s on-field needs more, but Lopez fits Chivas USA’s profile better.

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3- TORONTO FC

*Walker Zimmerman, Furman, Central Defender

If TFC trades the top pick, Zimmerman is the pick here. Even with the addition of veteran Dan Califf, Toronto FC would be crazy to pass on a talented Generation adidas player like ZImmerman. Now, if Toronto selects Farrell with the No. 1 pick, the club could entertain a trade to move down in the order. Teams interested in Zimmerman and Jason Johnson just might pony up something decent for a chance to move up to this spot.

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4- NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION

*#J.J. Johnson, VCU, Forward (Jamaica)

The Revs could are stacked in midfield, and there aren’t any defenders worth taking at this point, so the best forward on the board makes the most sense. Johnson is a powerful striker who has drawn comparisons to C.J. Sapong. He might be the most pro-ready attacking player in the draft pool. Even with Chad Barrett selected by the Revs in the Re-Entry Draft, the Revs would still be hard-pressed to pass on Johnson. One thing to consider though is New England’s international player situation, which could lead the Revs to consider someone like Eriq Zavaleta instead.

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5- VANCOUVER WHITECAPS

*Eriq Zavaleta, Indiana, Centerback/forward

The Whitecaps can use a talented young centerback prospect to groom as an eventual replacement for Jay DeMerit and Zavaleta has the tools to be a big-time defender. Most observers familiar with Zavaleta know him as the target forward who scored so many key goals for national champion Indiana, but the general consensus among pro scouts is that Zavaleta’s best position is central defense.

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6- COLORADO RAPIDS

*#DeShorn Brown, Central Florida, Forward (Jamaica)

The Rapids acquisition of Edson Buddle might make it easier for the Rapids to go in another direction with this pick, but adding a speed option up top like Brown makes perfect sense for a team that traded away Omar Cummings earlier this off-season. If you’re looking for someone similar to Darren Mattocks in this draft, Brown is that player.

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7- FC DALLAS

Dillon Powers, Notre Dame, Midfielder

The retirement of Daniel Hernandez and expected departure of Julian DeGuzman leaves Dallas short on defensive midfield/central midfield options, even with the addition of Peter Luccin. Enter Powers, a skilled two-way midfielder and Dallas native. He isn’t a Generation adidas player, which is something Dallas might want to try and land to help their salary cap situation, but Powers could be a good fit in the Dallas midfielder. Santa Clara forward/winger Erik Hurtado would also be an appealing option for Schellas Hyndman.

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8- MONTREAL IMPACT

Erik Hurtado, Santa Clara, Forward/winger

The Impact can use depth at forward, and while they could go in any number of directions with this pick, Montreal will be hard-pressed to pass on a dynamic and versatile attacking player like Hurtado. He boasts good speed, technical quality and is good with both feet. If you are looking for a potential wild card, the Impact could reach for Canadian midfielder and Boston College product Kyle Bekker, though the Impact could probably land him with the 18th pick in the draft.

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9- COLUMBUS CREW

Ashton Bennett, Coastal Carolina, Forward (Jamaica)

The Crew could reach for a left back, but if they go for value and a player who could give them something they don’t really have right now, Bennett could be the speed forward Robert Warzycha needs. Columbus is one of the more unpredictable drafting teams in the league, so if you are looking for a real wild card pick on draft day, it could come at this pick.

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10- VANCOUVER WHITECAPS

Carlos Alvarez, UConn, Attacking Midfielder

The Whitecaps lost something when Davide Chiumiento moved to Europe, and Barry Robson didn’t quite provide it. If Martin Rennie looks for a playmaker in the college ranks, he could do much worse than Alvarez, who has the vision and toughness to make a good transition to MLS.

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11- CHICAGO FIRE

Ryan Finley, Notre Dame, Forward

The Fire need some forward depth, and Finley showed in his senior year that he can finish chances when provided with service. He’s mobile, strikes the ball well and doesn’t waste chances.

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12- REAL SALT LAKE

*#Kekuta Manneh, Austin Aztecs, Forward (Gambia)

The young forward is a bit of an unknown, but the early reports on Manneh are that he has the tools to potentially be a difference-making forward. If he has a strong Combine he won’t last this long, but if he’s around when RSL picks, look for the Western Conference club to take the young forward.

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13- HOUSTON DYNAMO

Blake Smith, New Mexico, Left Midfielder

Why would a team that boasts Brad Davis take a left winger in the first round? It’s simple. Smith is a great value pick and gives the

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14- SPORTING KANSAS CITY

John Stertzer, Maryland Central Midfielder

You can never have too many central midfielders, and after losing Roger Espinoza and Julio Cesar, Sporting KC can help add to their depth with the inclusion of Stertzer. More of an attacking midfielder in college, Stertzer could project in a deeper role on the pro level. With a loaded schedule facing Sporting KC in 2013, adding Stertzer to the stable would give Peter Vermes plenty of options in the middle of the field.

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15- SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES

Eric Schoenle, West Virginia, Central Defender

The Earthquakes parted ways with Ike Opara, and while they did add a centerback in Ty Harden in the Re-Entry Draft, a highly-skilled centerback like Schoenle would be tough to pass up. San Jose could also consider Tommy Muller.

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16- SEATTLE SOUNDERS

Tommy Muller, Georgetown, Central Defender

After dealing Jeff Parke, the Sounders can use some centerback depth and Muller could be the best senior centerback in the draft. He is strong, good on the ball and reads the game well. The Sounders could also turn to left back to fill a need, and Taylor Kemp would make sense as well.

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17- D.C. UNITED

Taylor Kemp, Maryland, Left Back

D.C. United can use some defensive depth, at centerback and left back, and with Schoenle and Muller off the board, D.C. can turn to Kemp to help fill the club’s need for left back help. There are a few good left back prospects here, from Kemp to Kory Kindle to Georgetown’s Jimmy Nealis, but we’ll give the nod to Kemp.

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18- MONTREAL IMPACT

Kyle Bekker, Boston College, Central Midfielder

 

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19- LOS ANGELES GALAXY

Kory Kindle, CSU-Bakersfield, Left Back

The Galaxy could be tempted to grab a forward, but the recent signing of Gyasi Zardes to a Homegrown Player deal makes that less likely at this pick. That leaves LA with a strong crop of left back options to choose from. Kindle is a speedy fullback who can provide a real attacking threat on the left flank. He might not be as solid defensively as some other left backs, but his attacking qualities make him an intriguing option for the Galaxy. It would also re-unite Kindle with former college teammate Zardes.

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SECOND ROUND

20- FC DALLAS

Will Bates, Virginia, Forward

21- NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION

Jimmy Nealis, Georgetown, Left Back

22- NEW YORK RED BULLS

Ian Christianson, Georgetown, Defensive Midfielder

23- NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION

Chris Thomas, Elon, Forward

24- LOS ANGELES GALAXY

Dylan Tucker-Gagnes, Washington, Central Defender

25- COLORADO RAPIDS

Emery Welshman, Oregon State, Forward

26- PHILADELPHIA UNION

Greg Cochrane, Louisville, Left Back

27- MONTREAL IMPACT

Donnie Smith, Charlotte, Left Midfielder

28- COLUMBUS CREW

Anthony Arena, Wake Forest, Central Defender/Left Back

29- PHILADELPHIA UNION

Paulo Del Piccolo, Louisville, Defensive midfielder/Fullback

30- COLORADO RAPIDS

Marc Cintron, Providence, Right winger

31- REAL SALT LAKE

Machael David, UCSB, Defensive Midfielder

32- MONTREAL IMPACT

Uwem Etuk, West Virginia, Left Midfielder

33- SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES

Jose Gomez, Creighton, Attacking Midfielder

34- SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES

Devon Sandoval, New Mexico, Forward

35- SEATTLE SOUNDERS

Don Anding, Northeastern, Forward

36- NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION

Larry Jackson, Goalkeeper, Santa Clara

37- HOUSTON DYNAMO

Paul Wyatt, James Madison, Defensive Midfielder

38- LA GALAXY

Joe Franco, Cal-State Northridge

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11 Responses to SBI 2013 MLS Mock Draft (Version 3.0)

  1. Nick4235 says:

    To somebody more knowledgable. How would you rate this class of guys compared to past years. More talent? More pro-ready players?

  2. biased rbny supporter says:

    Agreed. RBNY needs cover for Dax.

  3. Hogatroge says:

    I know a lot of teams are eager to trade w/ TFC for that #1 pick, but Houston should consider making a deal to lock up Farrell at either #1 or #3 (assuming Chivas take Lopez).

    They’re pretty shallow on defensive depth, plus they have the allocation money from CCL knockout round qualification (and 2013-2014 tournament qualification) to sweeten the deal.With Hainault gone and international obligations for Taylor, there’s no dedicated CB cover if either Boswell or Brunner get injured. That said, there are a lot of hungry teams out there that don’t have 2 quality starting CBs, so I don’t think the odds here are great.

    Nabbing Farrell provides injury cover at CB and at LB since Taylor would be able to move over.

  4. BAJ says:

    If the USLpro- MLS Reserve rumors are true. I’m also looking at this draft as which players will be helping out the third division team I support. Vamos Azules!!!

  5. rsc says:

    It is strange that there are NSCAA All-Americans who aren’t included in the top 38 projected picks in the draft. Andrew Ribeiro and Daniel Haber don’t seem to show up on any lists yet after a full college season they were adjudged to be among the very best at their position. I realize that collegiate level skills don’t necessarily translate to MLS caliber talent, but this seems representative of some sort of disconnect b/t college and pro ranks.

    • Ives Galarcep says:

      Haber was a junior as far as I know and Ribeiro isn’t that highly regarded by MLS scouts. Could he go later in the second round? Possible, but he’s far from a first-round player.

      I would say things like All-American honors can’t be used to try and measure pro readiness. Not in American soccer.

  6. unbeknownst says:

    Ives, as a Galaxy supporter, I endorse all three picks you have mocked for us. Three defenders. Bruce and co. love drafting defenders and they do great at spotting defensive talent and developing it for the pro level.

  7. Derrek says:

    I think that if RSL gets Kekuta Manneh it will be a great addition for them. They are in need of a creative, fast, forward.

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