I love this time of the year. Fall is in full swing, the weather is a little chillier and college soccer is coming to a close for the year. All of that means the SuperDraft is right around the corner, a time of year that I absolutely love as you all know by now.
This is the start of a few posts examining some potential players that could be coming into the SuperDraft next year. Some will be Generation adidas targets while others will be seniors finishing out their colligate careers.
Instead of a Big Draft Board or a Mock Draft at this time, I am going to go position-by-position, starting with the goal keepers. After Thanksgiving – probably a couple weeks into December once the College Cup wrap up for good -I’ll release my first Mock Draft.
[box type=”note” style=”rounded”]Again, as I always disclaim before I write up one of these posts on the SuperDraft. Don’t get attached to the order that these players are in and don’t get attached to the names on the list. A lot can happen between now and MLS Combine. Not to mention with the Home Grown Players out there these days, we won’t see some of these guys go through the draft as it is. Lastly, if you see a guy you think I missed, feel free to comment below. But again, with that, don’t automatically expect him to make the next list. [/box]
Time to get down to it, here are the top keepers I see coming out this year. Just as in the last couple of years, the keeper pool is a little light but this year has a couple guys that could push for a late pick or even a Supplemental pick.
David Meves (Akron) - This guy has enjoyed a remarkable season with the Zips. He has ties to the Chicago Fire academy so I’m not sure if the draft will be his route. He would be a solid backup choice (and a cheap one at that) for Sean Johnson. He had 16 shutouts this season as he helped lead the Zips in Caleb Porter’s final season in Akron.
Scott Goodwin (UNC) – Honestly, it seems like this guy has been in college with UNC for a decade now. His experience and leadership is what brings him big time value. He’s been in a ton of big game situations over the last three years and will have a chance to add to it this month in the College Cup.
Andre Blake (UConn) – Here is the lone Generation adidas pick in the list. Blake is certainly a keeper for the future here and one that has just a ton of upside and potential. He has the perfect keeper size at 6-foot-4 and once he adds a little bulk I think he’ll turn into a great keeper. The only knock on him is his decision making, which sometimes has lead him the wrong way. Still, saying that he is a raw talent that could be a very high draft pick if he signs early as a GA.
Luis Soffner (Indiana) – A four-year starter for the Hoosiers. This season alone he had 70 saves while conceding 16 goals. I think someone takes a flier on him late in the Supplemental draft just due to his leadership skills and his experience.
James Belshaw (Duke) – As good as he is, the Blue Devil has a international tag next to his name. That could hurt his stock in a big way. But let’s hope it doesn’t because he is one of the best senior keepers in the bunch. Belshaw has a lot of athletic ability that comes in handy on making a big save.