- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On December 27, 2010
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- 2011 MLS SuperDraft, WVH Mock Draft
Christmas is over and New Years Day is only a couple days away but for now it’s time for another Mock Draft. The 2011 MLS Generation adidas class is close to being finalized here and a couple players from the previous draft are now out of the mix from now that they are going back to school. Some changes had to be made to reflect that. The GA class should be announced within the next week too and if any changes from the post I had about the class last week are announced then I will probably have another mock draft.
Speaking of mock drafts, I’ll be fairly busy in the coming two weeks for other sites beside mine. I’ve been asked by SBnation.com to provide commentary during their mock draft. I’ll have more details on when that is later this week. Also I will likely be providing some draft coverage for FCDallas.com too.
Keep in mind the mock draft below could easily change here as the league signs some of the seniors in the class and as the Generation adidas class is officially announced.
2011 WVH Mock Draft
(* = underclassmen)
1. Vancouver Whitecaps – Darlington Nagbe*, F, Akron
Still no change for me here on Nagbe being number one. Vancouver needs an impact striker and Nagbe can be just that kind of player for them.
2. Portland Timbers – Perry Kitchen*, M, Akron
Kitchen moves up for me here this week due to the fact that the league is close to signing him. He’s capable of playing defensive midfield, centerback or even right back. I’d imagine John Spencer will want to build a strong defense similar to those teams in Houston from a couple years ago. Kitchen would be the best long-term player to do just that.
3. D.C. United – Kofi Sarkodie*, D, Akron
I’ve gone back and forth on this one but since Darren Mattocks isn’t likely to sign this year with MLS I’m switching their pick around to defense. Sarkodie not only offers quality defense from his right back spot but he’ll also be a guy that can move up into the attack when needed.
4. Chivas USA – Omar Salgado, F, Generation adidas
He’s a top five pick in my mind and Chivas looks to be a solid spot for him to land now that they have signed a young keeper in the past week. Chivas may have plenty of strikers at the moment but Salgado is a solid project anyways for any team that selects him.
5. Philadelphia Union – Corey Hertzog*, F, Penn State
I’d be a bit shocked at this point Philadelphia didn’t select him in the draft after trying to get a Home Grown contract on him before it. I don’t think this is their top need right now but he’s one of their own.
6. New England Revolution – Will Bruin*, F, Indiana
Finding offense has to be a top priority for Steve Nicol. Bruin is the best finisher in this draft and after last season the Revs need someone who can find the net.
7. Houston Dynamo – Zarek Valentin*, D, Akron
After last year Houston will have to go back to the drawing board on their defense. Valentin will be the best option at this point in the draft.
8. Vancouver Whitecaps (via Toronto) – Michael Nanchoff*, M, Akron
Nanchoff wasn’t on my first mock draft but now that he is likely to sign with MLS before the Combine. Nanchoff is a skillful left winger whose passing and service from the flank have folks around the league very excited.
9. Chicago Fire – A. J. Soares, D, California
One of the best defenders in the draft, and he’s just signed with the league. Soares is a big kid, one that Fire fans will be excited to see come into the attack on set pieces next season.
10. Sporting Kansas City – Anthony Ampaipitakwong, M, Akron
I think as long as he has a strong Combine he’ll end up in the top 10 in this draft. He’s not a big player but he definitely plays big from the midfield. Kansas City has a solid midfield but adding someone like Ampaipitakwong will only make them better.
11. Seattle Sounders FC – Zac MacMath*, GK, Maryland
MacMath only falls so far for me due to the fact that those picking above Seattle don’t really need a keeper at this point. You could argue that Houston could use one but I can’t seen Kinnear spending a pick on a keeper. Maybe D.C. but I think Seattle takes a keeper no matter what here if its MacMath or David Bingham. With Kasey Keller having only one year left they need to groom the future.
12. Columbus Crew – Michael Farfan, M, UNC
Farfan moves up one slot to the Crew this week. Columbus has a lot of needs and one of them is their attacking portion of the midfield.
13. New York Red Bulls – Jalil Anibaba, D, UNC
He’s one of the couple UNC seniors that have either already signed or are extremely close to signing. He’s a big centerback that could be paired with Tim Ream, which could end up as one of the better young pairs in the league.
14. Real Salt Lake – Cole Grossman, M, Duke
Figuring out RSL’s needs right now isn’t easy plus they’ll want someone who’s either a GA player or a developmental-type of player. They won’t go with a young defender or a young striker. So why not a fellow Blue Devil for Jason Kreis in Grossman? He’s a solid attacking midfielder that could probably be groomed anyway Kreis sees fit.
15. San Jose Earthquakes – Justin Meram, F, Michigan
No change here for me with Meram and San Jose. He’s moved into the first round discussion and a strong Combine will only improve that draft stock for him.
16. LA Galaxy – Steven McCarthy, M, UNC
He’s a big center-midfielder that’s already signed with the league. He’s got size that LA needs on set pieces and someone that can do work all over the field.
17. FC Dallas – Jason Herrick, F, Maryland
Another pick I don’t see changing just yet. Herrick would provide some attacking options that Dallas needs going into next year.
18. Colorado Rapids – Daniel Keat, M, Dartmouth
A strong two-way midfielder that has the work rate to play some in the back if needed but will definitely be a boost offensively for the Rapids.
A few changes in this week’s mock draft. As teams made moves and players decided not to go pro the mock draft had to reflect that. After the top 12 or so is where things get a little harder to predict at this point. Once the Combine is going on we’ll know a little more about where teams stand with some players.
I decided against including two players that could possible still sign with MLS too. California keeper David Bingham and Maryland forward Casey Towsend could still sign with the league should Akron’s Perry Kitchen not work out a deal with the league. I see both of those guys coming back in 2012 though and being top picks then.
Then there is whatever MLS does with Cody Arnoux. I’m still waiting on MLS to decide what they’ll do with him before I include him in a mock draft. He could still go through a lottery system too. Should he be in this draft I’d imagine he’ll be a top 10 pick.