- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On December 17, 2009
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- 2010 MLS SuperDraft, Andre Akpan, Andrew Wiedeman, Austin de Luz, Brian Perk, Corbon Bone, Danny Mwanga, Dilly Duka, Ike Opara, Jack McInerney, Kwame Watson-Siriboe, Mock Draft, Ofori Sarkodie, Teal Bunbury, Toni Stahl, Tony Tchani, Zach Schilawski
We’re about a month out of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft and the draft coverage here on WVHooligan continues to heat up. This will be the first of a few mock drafts that I will conduct over the next few weeks leading up to the draft.
Now a lot can and will change between now and then between the order of teams picking, players coming out of college or staying, or guys heading to Europe instead of MLS. I know the Generation adidas class hasn’t been announced but its worth taking a stab at things. Also keep in mind that some players are underclassmen and they may not come out for the draft. But I will do my best to keep you all updated on that news as it comes out.
2010 WVH Mock Draft
(* = underclassmen)
1. Philadelphia Union – Ike Opara*, D, Wake Forest
Part of me thinks Philly won’t go for Opara if he comes out but seeing how he is arguably the best player (potentially) in this draft class it’s hard not to take him with the first pick. I still think we could see him slide to number three with San Jose though and Union take someone that would fill a need in their midfield like Opara’s teammate Corbon Bone. Just a hunch but for now I’ll stick with Opara at the top spot.
2. New York Red Bulls – Dilly Duka, M, U-20
We know he’s signing with the league. Is there any reason to not think he’ll be a Red Bull next year? Yes there are better players potentially available in this draft pool but Duka wants to be in New York and I just don’t see the Red Bulls going elsewhere right now with this pick.
3. San Jose Earthquakes – Tony Tchani*, M, Virginia
I was very impressed with Tchani during UVA’s College Cup run this year. His size and skill are there. The Quakes have a lot of needs both in defense and in the midfield. Tchani would certainly be a lift to a club that lacks good possession on the ball. I do think this pick is up for grabs though with San Jose, they could end up trading it away.
4. Kansas City Wizards – Corbon Bone *, M/F, Wake Forest
The Wizards lacked a lot of punch in the midfield last year and Bone would be a perfect fit for them. I could also see them go after Tchani if he is still available when they pick too.
5. FC Dallas (from Toronto) – Teal Bunbury*, F, Akron
I know MLS is chasing this kid hard to sign but I do wonder if he will stick around Akron for another year now that Caleb Porter isn’t leaving. If he does come out I think Dallas uses one of their two picks to get him. I know Dallas already has a speedy striker in Jeff Cunningham but he isn’t getting any younger and Bunbury definitely has the potential to be a goal scoring machine.
6. FC Dallas - Toni Stahl, M, UConn
Best defensive midfielder in the draft class, could go higher depending on how the Generation adidas class shakes out and how many underclassmen return to school. I put him here with Dallas’s second pick due to their need of a defensive midfielder now that Pablo Ricchetti is on his way out of town. Stahl has the chance to be a guy that could start from day one.
7. DC United – Ofori Sarkodie, D, Indiana
DC gave up 44 goals last year so why not go for one of the best defenders in this year’s draft? Sarkodie has been on MLS’s radar for years now and he’ll be a starter on day one with this club.
8. Columbus Crew (from Colorado) – Danny Mwanga*, F, Oregon State
Here’s another young striker that the league is really pressing to sign here. His size and speed are something lots of MLS clubs need right now and with the Crew picking here I couldn’t see them go any other way but offense with this pick. They just lost Alejandro Moreno and they need to replace him with someone with a nose for scoring like Mwanga.
9. New England Revolution – Andre Akpan, F, Harvard
Steve Nicol knows how to draft and something tells me Akpan is a guy he will go for in this draft. I know there is potential for Cal’s Andrew Wiedeman to fall here but I still believe Nicol would go with a more polished striker in Akpan over a smaller (more Taylor Twellman-like) Wiedeman.
10. Chivas USA – Austin de Luz, M, Wake Forest
No one saw their stock rise more at the College Cup than De Luz. I think he will fall here to Chivas though who still need some midfield help. De Luz can also contribute offensively and defensively which is nice to have.
11. Seattle Sounders FC – Andrew Wiedeman*, F, Cal
Seattle lacked some finishing outside of Fredy Montero in 2009. If Wiedeman comes out he’ll be a good project for Sigi Schmid and a good addition to the attack. If he doesn’t come out then they may could look at a longer-term project like a Luis Gil or Jack McInerney.
12. Columbus Crew – Kwame Watson-Siriboe, D, UConn
Depth defensively was an issue for the Crew late in the year with injuries to key players in the back like Chad Marshall. I think if the Crew keep this pick they’ll go with someone like Watson-Siriboe who can be a beast in the back. His size and speed aren’t too shabby either. This pick depends a lot on what they do with their earlier pick though. I still feel a trade could happen here.
13. Chicago Fire – Kyle Nakazawa, M, UCLA
He’ll have to ease some worries over his history of injuries but Nakazawa will be able to do that at the Combine. I look for the Fire to go here unless they want a long-term project like a Gil or McInerney. A lot right now with the Fire depends on their coaching situation. Once that gets sorted out this pick will get a little easier.
14. New York Red Bulls (from Houston) – Brian Perk, GK, UCLA
New York has so many pressing needs right now so what they do at 14 could really go a few different ways depending on what is left on the board and who is picking the players. I know NY believes they are “set” at goal with Buana Coundol but I really believe Perk would be a better choice in goal for them. But New York will more than likely go with a pick of the best player available instead of getting something they really do need because they are New York.
15. LA Galaxy – Jack McInerney, M, U-17 MNT
I know McInerney has been made an offer by the league but hasn’t signed anything yet. He’s a big long-term project for whoever takes him. With teams needing impact right away these days it makes a little more sense to me to see a club like LA take him right now rather than someone else who probably wouldn’t develop him properly take him. Though I wouldn’t be shocked to see a club go for him early like Kansas City or DC even though he won’t contribute much early on. I’d rather see Bruce Arena develop the kid.
16. Real Salt Lake – Zach Schilawski, F, Wake Forest
Aside from one or two picks in RSL history, their draft classes haven’t been good at all. Hopefully the defending champions can start to change that a bit. I think they go with a move to fill the loss of Yura Movsisyan here by selecting Schilawski who is a solid striker from Wake Forest. He’s one of those guys that will need a good Combine though if he wants to stay in the first round range.
I know there are a lot of things that will change between now and next month’s draft. Some notable players are missing that I know of like Luis Gil, UCLA standout freshman Amobi Okugo (who could be a top five pick) and senior Michael Stephens, plus a few others that I’ve previewed in my watch lists.
A lot of things will happen over the next month so stay tuned!