- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On January 14, 2009
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- 2009 MLS SuperDraft, Mock Draft
Time for the final mock draft before tomorrow afternoon’s 2009 MLS SuperDraft. I had meant to do more mock drafts but really I didn’t see enough reason to do it with the reports that came out of the MLS Combine. Some movement happened in my mind after reading about a few players but others seemed to stay the same for me.
A lot of this could change with trades that will happen tomorrow but until then I think this is good enough for now.
1. Seattle Sounders FC: Steve Zakuani (Akron)
He may not be too high on Sigi Schmid’s list right now but if no one makes a good enough deal with the Sounders I see them still taking Zakuani. He has the most upside of any striker on the board.
2. Toronto FC: Sam Cronin (Wake Forest)
Toronto still wants to deal this pick. But if they for some reason wait to deal after the selection I think they will take the next highest wanted player, Cronin. A few teams will be in line to trade for him I think.
3. Los Angeles Galaxy: Omar Gonzalez (Maryland)
Getting a defender is probably priority number one for the Galaxy. I think Gonzalez will drop here and the Galaxy will be hard pressed not to take him.
4. Toronto FC: Stefan Frei (California)
If they keep this pick and Frei is on the board I think Toronto will go for this selection. Sure they have other needs right now but with an aging Greg Sutton and Brad Edwards not being quite ready to be a starter yet, Frei has the most upside (and potential value) of anyone left for Mo Johnston to get.
5. FC Dallas: Rodney Wallace (Maryland)
I doubt Dallas will be picking here tomorrow but if they do Wallace should be the guy they end up with. They have issues on the left back position of their roster and Wallace would probably be the best bet to slide into that role before the end of the season.
6. DC United: Kevin Alston (Indiana)
Alston moves up to the six spot from the last mock draft. I see DC getting him either way in this draft. He didn’t make a big enough splash to move up to five or better but didn’t hurt himself to drop below this point. Plus he fits a need for DC in this draft.
7. DC United: Jeremy Hall (Maryland)
I’ve bounced around a bit with Hall but he seems like a quality fit for DC. He didn’t have a great draft but he still has enough upside for the future to go for here.
8. Kansas City Wizards: Peri Marosevic (Michigan)
Marosevic apparently had a great Combine. Kansas City needs attacking options right now and he would be a great fit for this club.
9. Chivas USA: Chris Pontius (UCSB)
If no deal happens for Chivas to move up and get Frei look for them to probably try and take an offensive selection. Pontius had a pretty good Combine and I think he will be moving up into this spot of the draft. I can’t see Chivas passing on him if he is here too.
10. New England Revolution: Michael Lahoud (Wake Forest)
Another guy to move into the first round here. Even though the Revs need a central defender I just don’t see them trading up to get one here. Lahoud will be the best value available here if he is still on the board.
11. New York Red Bulls: Babajide Ogunbiyi (Santa Clara)
A lot of hype from the Combine over Ogunbiyi. Apparently he did enough to move up and into the first round. New York needs defenders in a bad way so this pick seems likely.
12. Real Salt Lake: Daniel Cruz (UNLV)
Cruz will be more of a project pick for whomever takes him I believe. RSL doesn’t need a winger but they are good at keeping guys on a roster for a couple years to develop (see Chris Seitz). Cruz will sit and wait his time unless he shows up and blows away Jason Kries in pre-season camp.
13. Toronto FC: O’Brain White (UConn)
A pick that everyone is calling for. It will happen.
14. FC Dallas: Calum Angus (Saint Louis)
I still like Dallas taking Angus here in the first round (should they keep this pick). Defense has to be a top priority for the Hoops and I still think Angus has enough upside to be worth picking here.
15. New England Revolution: Matt Besler (Notre Dame)
Maybe not the best option to quickly fix the central part of the defense now that Michael Parkhurst is gone to Europe but Besler is a decent enough player that could (over time) turn into a quality starter in the back. They could also take Wake defender Lyle Adams here too.