2013-SuperDraft-mock

Final MLS mock draft time folks. Final mock draft. Tomorrow is the big day as the 19 MLS clubs will come to Indianapolis to pick up the next new talent that is coming into the league.

I decided against doing a mock draft during the MLS Combine. Something just didn’t feel right doing one and then doing another a day or two later once the Combine concluded. Anyways, let’s get down to business as this is a two round mock draft! Woo!

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1.  New England Revolution –  * Andrew Ferrell (Defender, Louisville)

Is this the guy New England traded up to get?  Most people believe Ferrell is the guy and I think he is too. His Combine report wasn’t as grand as everyone thought it would be but he did show himself well enough to be a better prospect than the other top dog on most clubs charts (Walker Zimmerman). New England gets a defensive player in Ferrell that could very well be a guy that is used in three different spots (center back, right back or defensive midfield).

Other possibilities: Walker Zimmerman*, Eriq Zavaleta*

2. Chivas USA – Carlos Alvarez (Midfielder, UConn)

The big change from the last mock draft is Chivas USA. They already have announced that they want to pick Alvarez in this draft and will likely do so baring some crazy surprise by Toronto at number one. Chivas has so many other needs but getting “back to their roots” with a Mexican-American is priority number one for them.

Other possibilities: Mikey Lopez*, Eriq Zavaleta*

3. Toronto FC – Kyle Bekker (Midfielder, Boston College)

Bekker had one heck of a Combine and the Reds should be aware of it. Given how he has already signed with MLS, someone wants him and it has to be one of the Canadian clubs. He is a creative midfielder that will add a boost to Toronto’s squad that sometimes lacked creative play from their midfield.

Other possibilities: Walker Zimmerman*, Eriq Zavaleta*

4. Toronto FC – *Eriq Zavalata (Defender/Forward, Indiana)

Is he a defender? Is he a forward? It shouldn’t matter at the end of the day because Toronto could use him in either spot. Zavaleta showed well in both positions at the Combine and should be a top five pick.

Other possibilities: Walker Zimmerman*, Ketuha Manneh*

5. Vancouver Whitecaps –  Dillon Powers (Midfielder, Notre Dame)

Powers may have not had the best draft but he makes the most sense for the Whitecaps here. The Whitecaps don’t want to take a big gamble on one of the Canadian guys just yet with this pick since they can get a guy in Powers that will fill a big need for them in their central midfield.

Other possibilities: Erik Hurtado, Kyle Bekker

6. Colorado Rapids –  *Walker Zimmerman (Defender, Furman)

My gut feeling is that they could be the club that strikes a deal with Toronto to snag Zimmerman earlier. They are possibly his biggest fan after the Combine from what some reports have said. You could also see them shop with Chivas at number two as well to snag Zimmerman. Either way, I see Colorado making a play to get him.

Other possibilities: Ketuha Manneh*, Deshorn Brown*

7. FC Dallas –  John Stertzer (Midfielder, Maryland) 

Schellas Hyndman loves his ACC guys given the way he has drafted the two out of the last three years. Stertzer fits a need in their midfield and would be a good compliment to Andrew Jacobson and David Ferreira.

Other possibilities: Erik Hurtado, Blake Smith

8. Montreal Impact –   Emery Welshman (Midfielder, Oregon State)

The Impact need depth up top and Welshman may be a bit of a reach at this spot but the Impact will want to snag him up before Vancouver picks again.

Other possibilities: Erik HurtadoDeshorn Brown*

9. Columbus Crew –  *Deshorn Brown (Forward, Central Florida)

I keep going back and forth with what the Crew could do with this pick. Go for a young striker or a midfielder. They could be a team that moves out of this pick and goes down in the draft. Brown makes sense here for the Crew as they need help up front and they need speed options.

Other possibilities: Blake Smith, Erik Hurtado*

10. Vancouver Whitecaps – * Mikey Lopez (Midfielder, UNC)

Lopez slipped but he isn’t slipping out of the top ten for me. Vancouver doesn’t get a Canadian that they want and will be hard pressed not to take a GA player here with this pick. Lopez is a technical and mobile midfielder who could be groomed as the future starter at defensive mid.

Other possibilities: Ashton Bennett, Blake Smith 

11. Colorado Rapids –  *Ketuha Manneh (Forward, FC Solar)

I had Manneh here at 11 when the Fire still held this position but even after the trade I like the idea of Manneh and the Rapids. Oscar Pareja will do well with a young player like Manneh and he could even see some playing time in his 4-3-3 system.

Other possibilities: Erik Hurtado, Ryan Finley

12. Real Salt Lake –  *J.J. Johnson (Forward, VCU)

Johnson was a top five pick in most folks eyes before the Combine but he did himself no favors this past week in Florida. Yeah he’s going to slide pretty far but I think this is as far as he will go as RSL will have  a tough time passing on a quality player like him and his lack of salary cap implications. That is a win-win for Jason Kreis given how he needs forwards this winter to go with Alvaro Saborio.

Other possibilities: Ryan Finley, Blake Smith

13. Houston Dynamo – Blake Smith (Midfielder, New Mexico)

Dominic Kinnear will get a steal in this draft with Smith. He’s arguably the best left midfielder in this draft and it will be tough to pass on him here. Houston could go for defensive help but given how the top two center backs will already be gone it won’t be work taking a reach on someone else here just yet.

Other possibilities: Ryan Finley, Eric Schonele

14. Sporting KC – Erik Hurtado (Forward, Santa Clara)

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. Hurtado can slide into the midfield as well and be a good options off the bench.

Other possibilities: Will Bates, Ian Christainson

15. San Jose Earthquakes – Eric Schonele (Defender, WVU)

The Quakes have to stock up on depth in the back and in the midfield with this draft. They take a gamble on Schonele in this spot. The West Virginia senior didn’t have a great Combine and most think he’ll go anywhere between here and the middle of the second round. San Jose needs a solid center defender and Schonele is still one of the better ones in this draft.

Other possibilities: Taylor Kemp, Tommy Muller

16. Seattle Sounders FC – Ryan Finley (Forward, Notre Dame)

Seattle has a couple different options in this draft. Go defensive, or go on the offensive side. I keep going back and forth on it but the recent signing of HGP defender Andre Yeldin makes me lean offensive. Finley may not be the best striker in this draft but he will be the best option here for the Sounders.

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 –  Ashton Bennett (Forward, Costal Carolina)

Montreal now has a coach and has to establish what they are going to do in this draft. Bennett had a solid Combine and will likely be a guy that can contribute minutes in year one.

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

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20. FC Dallas – Jimmy Nealis (Defender, Georgetown)

21. New England Revolution - Tommy Muller (Defender, Georgetown)

22. New York Red Bulls –  Machael David (Midfielder, UCSB)

23. New England Revolution – Will Bates (Forward, Virginia)

24. LA Galaxy - Dylan Tucker-Gangnes (Defender, Washington)

25. Colorado Rapids – Jose Gomez (Midfielder, Creighton) 

26. Philadelphia Union – Greg Cochrane (Midfielder/Defender, Louisville) 

27. Montreal Impact - Chris Thomas (Forward, Elon)

28. Columbus Crew - Ian Christanson (Midfielder, Georgetown)

29. Philadelphia Union - Donnie Smith (Midfielder, UNC Charlotte)

30. Chicago Fire -  Devon Sandoval (Forward, New Mexico)

31. Real Salt Lake -  Uwem Etuk (Midfielder, West Virginia) 

32. Montreal Impact - Kofi Opare (Defender, Michigan)

33. San Jose Earthquakes - Ryan Clark (Defender/Midfielder, Monmouth) 

34. San Jose Earthquakes - John Gallagher (Defender, Penn State)

35. Seattle Sounders FC – Anthony Arena (Defender, Wake Forest)

36. New England Revolution - Don Anding (Forward, Northeastern)

37. Houston Dynamo -  Paolo DelPiccolo (Midfielder, Louisville)

38. LA Galaxy – Joe Franco (Defender, Cal State Northridge)