- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On January 13, 2010
- 8 Comments
- 2010 MLS SuperDraft, Amobi Okugo, Andre Akpan, Andrew Wiedeman, Austin Da Luz, Blair Gavin, Brain Perk, Chris Schuler, Collen Warner, Corben Bone, Danny Mwanga, Dilly Duka, Generation adidas, Ike Opara, Jack McInerney, Jovan Bubonja, Justin Morrow, Kwame Watson-Siriboe, Michael Stephens, Ofori Sarkodie, Paulo da Silva, Sean Johnson, Teal Bunbury, Toni Stahl, Tony Tchani, Zach Loyd, Zach Schilawski
So after a few weeks of doing this mock draft it is time for the fifth and final one. Weeks of speculation have come to this as tomorrow the league will hold its annual draft. I’ve gone back and forth for weeks over how teams will pick tomorrow and there is a chance I may be right about a few of them.
Unlike years before it seems like the draft order we have for the first couple rounds is what we will get tomorrow. Not many clubs seems to be trading with one another yet but as we all know anything could change tomorrow with just one single trade.
Two teams to keep an eye on though are Dallas and Toronto. I’ve heard for a while TFC really wants to trade up and get Bunbury early in the draft. That means they’ll need either NY or San Jose’s pick. As for Dallas I could see them deal one of their picks to NY so they can get Dilly Duka.
So with no more delay I give you my final mock draft. Feel free to leave you comments below.
2010 WVH Mock Draft
(* = underclassmen)
(! = Generation adidas signing)
1. Philadelphia Union – Danny Mwanga*!, F, Oregon State
No change here, Mwanga was not at the Combine because he was told he would be the first pick. The kid will have some serious pressure to produce though with the reports going around that his Generation adidas deal is worth near $200,000.
2. New York Red Bulls – Tony Tchani*!, M, Virginia
Yes, as I mentioned the other day I am off the Duka bandwagon. Not because of what people like Ives or other writers out there has said but because of how new GM Eric Soler is handling this draft. He’s looking toward Richie Williams more to help him with this draft and get to know the American players. Smart move Eric. As for Tchani over Opara it comes down to two things: Opara staying in school until May to finish his degree and Tchani was a beast at the Combine.
3. San Jose Earthquakes – Ike Opara*!, D, Wake Forest
The Quakes still land Opara for me though I honestly would be shocked at all if they deal this pick tomorrow. Why? Because for some reason the Quakes haven’t taken the draft serious since they came back into the league. They’d be wise however to hang on and get Opara to improve that horrible defense from last year. But with Opara one has to wonder if his returning to school until May will send him further down this draft list or not.
4. Kansas City Wizards – Teal Bunbury*!, F, Akron
Second-worst in goals scored in 2009 means you need offensive help. Enter Bunbury who is ever bit as good as Mwanga and will benefit from learning off of guys like Claudio Lopez and Josh Wolff.
5. FC Dallas (from Toronto FC) – Corben Bone*!, M/F, Wake Forest
Bone slides back up for me here in the final mock draft. He’s a Dallas product that can contribute early for Schellas Hyndman. That’s key for a coach that really doesn’t want too many more young players at the moment.
6. FC Dallas – Zach Loyd, M/D, UNC
I asked a two people I knew at the Combine who was one of the most MLS-ready players there and both said Loyd. Go over and read any Combine report from MLS Insider or SBI or Goal.com and they each say great things about Loyd. Big thing that Hyndman will love about Loyd is he can play so many positions. I’m sure he will fit in where ever he is placed in Dallas. (Note: I wouldn’t be shocked at all if Dallas trades this pick to NY so they can get Duka)
7. DC United – Dilly Duka*!, M, Rutgers/U-20
I honestly went back and forth and back and forth again on this pick. Really DC has so many areas that they need help in both offensive and defensive. The thing is with Curt Onalfo on board as head coach I think he leans offensive in this pick. Duka had a solid enough Combine and most agree he’s put himself somewhere in the top ten. Yes I know this pick would drive New York fans nuts.
8. Columbus Crew (from Colorado) – Jack McInerney, F, U-17 MNT
This one may be a stretch but I’ve lots of good things about McInerney from the Combine. It seems like no matter what he was moving up the boards this week and into the top ten. The Crew need a striker and McInerney may be the perfect fit for them here. They could go with Andre Akpan but I think a prospect like McInerney may be too tough to pass up here.
9. New England Revolution – Toni Stahl, M, UConn
I’ve been sitting on this pick for a while and I haven’t come close to changing it. Stahl will be a starter on day one, mark it down.
10. Chivas USA – Amobi Okugo*!, M, UCLA
I came close to moving Okugo up to seven or eight on this board but at the end I decided to stick with what I’ve had for a few weeks here with Chivas. Okugo helps provide some serious cover for the defensive part of the midfield.
11. Seattle Sounders FC – Andre Akpan, F, Harvard
A lot of people said Akpan show the least at the Combine. Sometimes players do that when they go into the Combine with a contract in hand. I see Sigi Schmid snatching him up here in the process though. The Sounders need some attacking help and Akpan brings quality size and speed to the table.
12. Columbus Crew – Blair Gavin*!, M, Akron
Still no change in me with Gavin. He’ll fall anywhere between 10 and 14 from what most are saying and this pick falls right in the middle of that. He’ll bring some solid depth to an already good midfield there in Columbus.
13. Chicago Fire – Kwame Watson-Siriboe, D, UConn
I said last week I was waiting to see exactly what kind of Combine this kid would have. I knew his talents were there and he showed them off very well apparently. He’s played himself into being the second defender taken in tomorrow’s draft. Good thing for the Fire too because we know they need the defensive help here. (Note: He did suffer a pretty bad injury at the Combine, no word on how long it will keep him out.)
14. New York Red Bulls (from Houston) – Austin de Luz, M, Wake Forest
Look for the Red Bulls to make a play on this pick and try to move up in the first round to still get Duka. It wouldn’t shock me at all to see them trade with Dallas at number six to get him but maybe more on that later. If not I think this is where they go to by adding a creative midfielder like de Luz. Yes defense is an issue but my gut feeling is they’ll look outside of MLS to get defensive help this winter.
15. LA Galaxy – Andrew Wiedeman*!, F, Cal
Wiedeman reportedly had the worst Combine of any first round player. I see him slipping this far to Bruce Arena and the Galaxy who will be taking a striker with this pick. We could also see Bruce go for Wake Forest striker Zach Schilawski.
16. Real Salt Lake – Zach Schilawski, F, Wake Forest
If Schilawski goes to the Galaxy just flip the Wiedeman pick here. Either way they go with a striker at 16 as well.
17. Philadelphia Union – Kyle Nakazawa, M, UCLA
Philly adds some midfield pieces here with Nakazawa. Remember assistant coach John Hackworth is very familiar with Nakazawa from his days coaching the 2005 U.S. Under-17 World Cup team.If he’s already taken I could see them grab UCLA’s Michael Stephens here.
18. New York Red Bulls – Drew Yates, M, Maryland
A lot depends on if they do end up trading around to get Duka here but if not I see them adding a guy that really impressed at the Combine. Some will have him going late in the first round but I kind of still see him as a second round selection here.
19. San Jose Earthquakes – Michael Stephens, M, UCLA
No change from last week for me here. I don’t think Stephens played his way into the first round but he’ll still fall somewhere early in the second round. The Quakes would do themselves a favor by taking him too.
20. Kansas City Wizards – Sean Johnson*!, GK, Central Florida
I still love the idea of KC going this direction. Obviously a lot depends on if they still get Bunbury with that first pick but I’d say they still will which means they’ll be able to focus on other areas like the future of their defense with Johnson in goal. He had a good enough Combine to get him selected somewhere early in the second round.
21. FC Dallas (From Toronto) – Paulo da Silva, M, SMU
I kind of expect Dallas to move this pick. If not I still see this happening.
22. Colorado Rapids (From FCD) – Collen Warner, M/F, Portland
Warner may have been able to play himself into the first round at the Combine in some eyes but I still think he falls to Colorado here. He’s a local product from Denver and would be a good fit in the Mile High City.
23. Colorado Rapids (From DC) – Nick Cardenas, D, San Diego State
Another Colorado native the Rapids would be wise to look at here. The Rapids need some defensive cover and with Cardenas’ size they could do no wrong with this pick.
24. Toronto FC (From Colorado) – Ofori Sarkodie, D, Indiana
Will Mo trade up or won’t he that will be the biggest question on everyone’s mind tomorrow. I just have trouble seeing him find a way to get into the first round with so few items to actually trade away. Toronto needs defense though like no other and Sarkodie stock fell a little at the Combine but he’ll still go sometime in the second round here.
25. New England Revolution – Brain Perk, GK, UCLA
I still see New England grabbing a keeper with this pick. Perk has the tools to be a special keeper in this league and he’ll do well to learn under one of the league’s best in Matt Reis.
26. Chivas USA – Justin Morrow, D, Notre Dame
Morrow had a very nice Combine which will help him move into a second round selection tomorrow. Good thing too for Chivas because they do need some defensive help and Morrow will be a great fit for their team. He shows ability to get forward which Martin Vasquez will like.
27. Seattle Sounders FC – Irving Garcia, M, UC-Irvine
Lots of good came out of the Combine for this kid. It was already a second rounder in my mind and I think Seattle will have little issue taking a guy that could end up being one of the better players in this draft. His size isn’t there but the natural ability is impressive.
28. San Jose Earthquakes (From Dallas, RSL) – Chris Schuler, D, Creighton
Schuler dips a little for me in this draft but not too much. He’s a quality defender that should still be a second round selection that the Quakes will take if they don’t deal away this pick.
29. Chicago Fire – Ryan Petterman, D, San Diego
Another defender? Yes and here is why, Petterman is an outside back that loves to get forward. With little attacking options left on the board this is a pick that could really pay off for them.
30. San Jose Earthquakes (From Houston) – Jovan Bubonja, GK, Illinois-Chicago
Apparently he had one of the worst Combines of any keeper. He would have been a possibly first rounder last year and now he is in danger of falling out into the third round this year. San Jose needs a keeper for the future and I still think Bubonja would be a good fit here.
31. New York Red Bulls (From LA) – Two-Boys Gumede, M, UAB
People see him as one of the better wing players in this draft. New York will likely take a gamble here if this pick isn’t traded away.
32. Real Salt Lake – Zachary Herold*!, D, U-17 MNT
Some have Herold almost in the first round and others think he’s barely a second round pick. I still think he falls here to RSL. They’ll take a gamble on him as a prospect player for the future.