The holiday season has come and gone, my free time at my parents house is all spent up. Time to get back in the SuperDraft mode here. I felt like today was a good day update the 2013 MLS SuperDraft Mock Draft board.
We have a couple changes to the mock draft due to trades that have been made, the Generation adidas class rounding out and other items.
Again, a lot can and will change before the draft. I’ll have my next mock draft out around the Combine, possibly one before and one after…definitely one after.
* – Generation adidas player
1. Toronto FC – * Andrew Ferrell (Defender, Louisville)
My guy tells me they still trade this pick to get some allocation money to help pay for some other additions they’ll made this month (snagging Gale Agbossoumonde made it more likely). But if not, Ferrell is still seen as the consensus top pick in this draft.
Other possibilities: Walker Zimmerman*, Eriq Zavaleta*
2. Chivas USA – * Mikey Lopez (Midfielder, UNC)
Chivas is still a team in flux but this is about the only player at the top of the draft that makes sense for them. He’s an excellent player that won’t take up any cap space. Lopez is also someone that fits the new/old profile of this club with his Mexican-American status. A win-win there even if Lopez isn’t the player they really need at this spot.
Other possibilities: Walker Zimmerman*, Eriq Zavaleta*
3. Toronto FC – *Eriq Zavalata (Forward, Indiana)
Zavaleta hasn’t officially signed but I still believe he will before the draft. The fun with Zavaleta isn’t just how good he was at forward this past year in the college game but the notion that he can also play anywhere else on the field including in the back at center back. Many scouts believe he’ll be a better fit there than at forward. My gut tells me he’ll end up as a forward though in the end similar to last year’s top pick in Andrew Wenger.
Other possibilities: Walker Zimmerman*, J.J. Johnson*
4. New England Revolution – *Walker Zimmerman (Defender, Furman)
New England has plenty of needs up front and in the defense but getting a big time defender for the future in Zimmerman will be too hard to pass up here. Zimmerman would be an instant upgrade to their defense and be a guy that the Revs could be built around for years to come.
Other possibilities: Deshorn Brown*, J.J. Johnson*
5. Vancouver Whitecaps – *J.J. Johnson (Forward, VCU)
Johnson could still go as high as two or fall further down to Colorado or Dallas. I also keep going back and forth on what Vancouver could do with this pick. Defense depth seems smart but with Zimmerman and Ferrell likely off the board at this point a striker with no cap hit seems like a good bet as well.
Other possibilities: Deshorn Brown*, Dillon Powers
6. Colorado Rapids – *Deshorn Brown (Forward, Central Florida)
If Johnson isn’t here, then Brown seems like a good fit as well. Texas-based youth striker Ketuha Manneh is another possibility as well given his age and lack of cap hit. Given the recent signing of a defender and some of the other moves that the Rapids have made, adding some depth up front to go along with Edson Buddle work for me. Brown gives them speed on the outside and also provides that potential punch off the bench that is key in a 4-3-3 set up.
Other possibilities: Ketuha Manneh*, Erik Hurtado
7. FC Dallas – Dillon Powers (Midfielder, Notre Dame)
Powers is a Dallas native and would be a good addition for Schellas Hyndman’s midfield. Depth is key for Dallas at this point but they need some pieces in the middle like Powers if they are serious of switching to a 4-4-2 system in 2013. Now if a GA player like Brown, Johnson, or even Zimmerman are available here they will bite.
Other possibilities: Erik Hurtado, Blake Smith
8. Montreal Impact – Ashton Bennett (Forward, Costal Carolina)
Bennett may be a bit of a reach here for the Impact but he shouldn’t count against their international numbers since he is in the Canadian ties. Bennett showed some good flashes of how dangerous he can be this past year.
Other possibilities: Blake Smith, Carlos Alvarez
9. Columbus Crew – John Stertzer (Midfielder, Maryland)
I keep going back and forth with what the Crew could do with this pick. Go for a young striker or a midfielder. I don’t think they’ll go with defensive depth seeing as how they should sign two more Homegrown players that are defenders. So, they land Stertzer here in my mind. The Maryland grad will add more depth to the midfield and give the Crew a leader in the middle of the field.
Other possibilities: Carlos Alvarez, Ketuha Manneh*
10. Vancouver Whitecaps – Blake Smith (Midfielder, New Mexico)
The Caps with their second pick could go a number of different directions. Smith is arguably the best left midfielder in the draft, something that can be hard to find. Adding some midfield depth is key for Martin Rennie, even though they could use more defenders in the depth department.
Other possibilities: Ketuha Manneh*, Carlos Alvarez
11. Chicago Fire – Carlos Alvarez (Midfielder, UConn)
The Fire have been very good with their draft picks over the last few years and I think they’ll find a steal at 11 once again. Alvarez may be tough to pass up at this point for the Fire as well. They need a playmaker and even though they recently traded for Joel Lindpere, Alvarez would add a different element off the bench early on.
Other possibilities: Erik Hurtado, Ryan Finley
12. Real Salt Lake – Erik Hurtado (Forward, Santa Clara)
RSL is a team in transition and this pick has plenty of possibilities. With a lack of a top defender available at this point – especially one that won’t count towards the salary cap – RSL will likely go more offensive with this selection. Hurtado nearly ended up with Portland on a HGP deal but that fell through in the end. The Santa Clara forward would be a good pick up for Jason Kreis here.
Other possibilities: Ryan Finley, Ketuha Manneh*
13. Houston Dynamo – *Ketuha Manneh (Forward, FC Solar)
I still love the roll of the dice here by Dominic Kinnear in taking a young speedy striker in Manneh. They may have Omar Cummings on board but getting this kid in the right situation is what any MLS fan should want and Houston would be an excellent spot for him to land.
Other possibilities: Ryan Finley, Eric Schonele
14. Sporting KC – Ryan Finley (Forward, Notre Dame)
Sporting has a number of options here but given what is off the board already, taking one of the top strikers left may be the way Peter Vermes goes here. He’s done very well in the past with his offensive picks and it wouldn’t be a shocker to see him do it again with this pick.
Other possibilities: Will Bates, Ian Christainson
15. San Jose Earthquakes – Ian Christanson (Midfielder, Georgetown)
The Quakes have to stock up on depth in the back and in the midfield with this draft. Christanson could be a bit of a reach here but if the Combine reports go well for him, I could see him sneak up the draft boards and land here. He’s a solid defensive midfielder that would add some good size and depth to the Quakes midfield for what will be a very busy 2013.
Other possibilities: Eric Schonele, Tommy Muller
16. Seattle Sounders FC – Eric Schonele (Defender, WVU)
With Jeff Parke gone, the Sounders need defensive cover. Schonele flirted with a GA deal last year to return to school for his final year in Morgantown. He lead the Mountaineers in scoring and was a big time leader for the squad as they transitioned from the Big East to the MAC in 2012.
Other possibilities: Taylor Kemp, Tommy Muller
17. D.C. United – Taylor Kemp (Defender, Maryland)
Adding depth in the defense is a priority this winter for United. Kemp is a left back and is likely the best outside back in this draft. He has some injuries issues from the past that could make him drop to a second rounder for most but United will love snagging him here.
Other possibilities: Ian Christanson, Jimmy Nealis
18. Montreal Impact – Kyle Bekker (Midfielder, Boston College)
Montreal now has a coach and has to establish what they are going to do in this draft. Bekker is a Canadian which will help on the roster status but Bekker is a solid player that has already signed with the league.
Other possibilities: Tommy Muller, Will Bates
19. LA Galaxy – Kory Kindle (Defender, CSU-Bakersfield)
I had Ryan Hollingshead in the first mock draft but since he has removed himself from the Combine to pursue other things in life, that moves Kindle up for me here. I nearly had him in the first mock draft to the Galaxy anyways so this was an easy pick. Kindle will join up with his college teammate and now current Galaxy HGP forward Gyasi Zardes.
Other possibilities: Jimmy Nealis, Will Bates