College Players To Watch For 2010 Draft (Round 2)

College Players To Watch For 2010 Draft (Round 2)

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On October 29, 2009
  • 18 Comments
  • 2010 MLS SuperDraft, Andre Akpan, Brenden King, Corben Bone, David Walker, Dilly Duka, Michael Stephens

Andre Akpan could be a beast on the next level. (Harvard photos)

Last week I threw out some names that you may have already heard in line for next year’s MLS SuperDraft and I am back today with a few more. I hope to start making this list at least a twice a month deal up until the draft in January. The response was good from everyone so let’s keep it up as we move forward towards the draft.

Again, some of these kids may go the MLS route and some may not. That we will have to wait and see in a few weeks as the college seasons wrap up.

And just like last week, if you know of some guys that are worthy to be looked at here please email me or send their names to me via Twitter so I can include them in the next batch.

Andre Akpan (Harvard): I think some people were surprised I didn’t include him in the first batch. Well have no fear I remembered Akpan from last year when he didn’t come out of college and go for the MLS draft. With ten goals and five assists on the year Akpan is having yet another stellar season with the Crimson. I’m sure a few clubs are already lining up to try to get this guy in the draft.

Dilly Duka (Rutgers): Most of us know of Duka as the Red Bulls product but one has to wonder if his play in the U-2o World Cup will get him some attention in Europe. He will certainly be a Generation adidas player but I just have a feeling we’ll see him overseas before we see him in MLS. Just a hunch.

Colin Rolfe (Louisville): No this isn’t Chris Rolfe’s younger brother but he’s a name to keep an eye on for the future. Last year’s Big East rookie of the year may not come out this year but believe me if he continues at his current goal scoring pace he will certainly gain some big attention from MLS clubs.

Brenden King (Notre Dame): A member of the 2007 U-17 World Cup team for the US, King is a guy that can certainly hold his own in the midfield. He’s has a quality touch on both feet and if he comes out (he’s a sophomore) he could possibly get attention for a Generation adidas contract.

Michael Stephens (UCLA): While stats won’t jump out at you from Stephens his play certain does. A member of the U-20 national team this year, Stephens may have gained some quality attention for some overseas clubs, if not he will certainly fit in well in MLS. The senior has enjoyed success at all youth levels with the US.

David Walker (UCSB): It seems like every year now we get a guy from UCSB that does well in MLS. This year it was DC United’s Chris Pontius and before him was Columbus’ Andy Iro. I have a feeling Walker will be a guy that we hear a lot about after the Combine. He’s quick and knows his way around goal. I do wonder if he will be turned into an outside midfielder instead of a striker on the pro level but either way he should be fine.

Corben Bone (Wake Forest): Bone is an assist machine, something a few MLS clubs desperately need. Last year he lead the NCAA in assists with 17 and this year he already has another eight to his total. The junior midfielder is the link that keeps things moving for Wake Forest in the middle of the pitch. One has to wonder though if he will stay for another season in Winston-Salem or if he will try his hand at the league.

  • Travis

    what about young keepers like Zac Macmath, Sean Johnson, Michael Chesler, and Brian Visser?

  • Travis

    what about young keepers like Zac Macmath, Sean Johnson, Michael Chesler, and Brian Visser?

  • Adam

    Macmath and Chesler should definitely be on watch to go early with generation adidas.

  • Adam

    Macmath and Chesler should definitely be on watch to go early with generation adidas.

  • Jerry

    Both Macmath and Chesler are very solid goalkeepers from what I have seen this year. Macmath is on a bunch of watch lists but why is Chesler only on a couple here and there he and Macmath are definetly the best in the nation for our young they are

  • Jerry

    Both Macmath and Chesler are very solid goalkeepers from what I have seen this year. Macmath is on a bunch of watch lists but why is Chesler only on a couple here and there he and Macmath are definetly the best in the nation for our young they are

  • Alex

    I think they both are very solid keepers also both are young but have great potential. They should be looked at to compete for generation adidas this year. Chesler is not on all the to watch lists because he goes to a smaller school High Point but he should definitely be watched.

  • Alex

    I think they both are very solid keepers also both are young but have great potential. They should be looked at to compete for generation adidas this year. Chesler is not on all the to watch lists because he goes to a smaller school High Point but he should definitely be watched.

  • Phili Tim

    All Ameican JT Noone from Temple had another great season, largely under the radar. Also has big game experience as he led his PDL team OC Barons deep into the '09 Lamar Open Cup, but lost to DC United.

  • Phili Tim

    All Ameican JT Noone from Temple had another great season, largely under the radar. Also has big game experience as he led his PDL team OC Barons deep into the '09 Lamar Open Cup, but lost to DC United.

  • bl soocer

    you need to watch Ethan Finlay from Creighton a top forward and unreal speed.

  • bl soocer

    you need to watch Ethan Finlay from Creighton a top forward and unreal speed.

  • Tim

    Why chesler….. he is nothing special

  • Tim

    Why chesler….. he is nothing special

  • guest

    3 players ready for the next level in the Big East are Bryan Martinez Seton Hall, Matt Marcin Providence, Tadeu Terra St Johns. All 3 juniors but outstanding box to box midfielders. All 3 with lethal shots from distance.

  • guest

    3 players ready for the next level in the Big East are Bryan Martinez Seton Hall, Matt Marcin Providence, Tadeu Terra St Johns. All 3 juniors but outstanding box to box midfielders. All 3 with lethal shots from distance.

  • Sundby

    I'm glad to see David Walker get some recognition. UCSB has a great recent history of putting players in the MLS and seeing immediate results. This year's leader for the Gauchos (on a VERY young team) in goals and points is continuing to put up numbers in the playoffs. Two games, two 1-0 wins, two game-winning goals. You gotta love the clutch play.

  • Sundby

    I'm glad to see David Walker get some recognition. UCSB has a great recent history of putting players in the MLS and seeing immediate results. This year's leader for the Gauchos (on a VERY young team) in goals and points is continuing to put up numbers in the playoffs. Two games, two 1-0 wins, two game-winning goals. You gotta love the clutch play.