- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On December 3, 2009
- 4 Comments
- 2010 MLS SuperDraft, Bobby Warshaw, Conor O'Brien, Danny Mwanga, Toni Stahl, Tony Tchani
It’s been a couple weeks since my last update for the 2010 MLS SuperDraft. I hope later this week to possibly post the order of the draft. I was waiting until the season ended to do so because of RSL being in the final, they now own the final pick in the draft rather than the 11th or so pick that I previously thought they’d get when the playoffs began.
Today’s focus in the watch list mostly steams from the recent release of the semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy or player of the year candidates in college soccer. I’ve already previewed guys like Akron’s Teal Bunbury and Anthony Ampaipitakwong; Harvard’s Andre Akpan; Wake Forest’s Corbin Boone and Ike Opera; UCLA’s Kyle Nakazawa; and Louisville’s Colin Rolfe.
And just as I’ve mentioned before some of these guys may or may not come out of college this year. We’ll know more in the coming weeks though as the College Cup comes to an end.
Zach Lyod (UNC): This senior will be probably near the top of some draft boards for defense. He’s been one of the reasons why UNC has done so well this season. With UNC being just a game away from the Final Four you have to bet a lot of been because of Lyod in the back for the Tar Heels.
Conor O’Brien (Bucknell): He started every game this season for the Bison and lead the team with 11 goals and nine assists. I kind of have a feeling we’ll see him get moved to the midfield on the pro level but the guy knows his way around the goal.
Toni Stahl (UConn): Here’s another UConn guy for you all and he’s a good one too. He may be one of the better defensive midfielders in the country right now and I’d say a few clubs could definitely use his services next year.
Tony Tchani (Virginia): Tchani may be one of my favorite players right now in college soccer. I’ve watched the last couple Virginia games in the tournament and each time he touches the ball for the Cavs things happen. He’s got seven goals and two assists on the year and there’s no doubt in my mind this sophomore would get a Generation adidas contract if he decided to come out early.
Ryan Kinne (Monmouth): Helped lead the way in the big first round upset over UConn this year. Kinne lead the Hawks with 10 goals and seven assists this year. He’s only a junior but he’s a name we’ll need to know for next year if he decides to stick around for another season in college.
Danny Mwanga (Oregon State): The Beavers just fell short of the NCAA tournament this year but Mwanga was fun to watch along the way. He was the first Beaver to be named Pac-10 player of the year, which is never easy to do because of UCLA out west. He scored 14 goals and tallied two more assists this year. And all of that as a sophomore.
Bobby Warshaw (Stanford): This junior midfielder lead the way offensively this year for the Cardinals even though he’s more of a defensive player from what I’ve gathered about him. Had it not been for him the Cardinals probably would have not made it to the third round of the NCAA tournament.
Garrett Webb (Drake): His 13 goals and five assists helped Drake get to the NCAA tournament this year. No doubt this senior forward will be on some draft boards next month.