MLS Mock Draft 2015: The one and only version
MLS Mock Draft 2015: The one and only version
- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On January 14, 2015
In years past, I would do three and sometimes four mock drafts before the SuperDraft. This time around the time slipped away from me and I was left to do just a version 1, the only one. So here we go.
1. Orlando City SC – Cyle Larin (GA/UConn) – The move today by Orlando to move Jairo Arrieta to DCU for an international spot basically opened the door for them to take Larin with the top pick. I know they said they’re exploring trade offers but I think they’ll stay put.
2. New York City FC – Cristian Roldan (GA/Washington) – I actually think Jason Kreis will move this pick but in the event that they do not, look for them to hang on and take the next best player in Roldan.
3. Montreal Impact – Khiry Shelton (Oregon State) – Montreal seems keen on keeping this pick even though I think they’d be wise to listen to offers to pick up additional picks in this draft. Shelton fills one of the many needs this clubs has.
4. San Jose Earthquakes – Ramon Martin del Campo (UC Davis) – Early in the Combine he struggled but by the end of it Campo appeared to regain the quality that most thought he had all along. He’s a local product for San Jose as well as a U-23 international for the US.
5. Portland Timbers – Otis Earle (US Riverside) – While they could certainly be smart and take center back Connor Donovan and his GA tag, I think adding some quality depth at left back would suit them wisely in this draft. They added Brazilian Jeanderson recently but sometimes foreign signings like than don’t pan out.
6. Toronto FC – Romario Williams (GA/UCF) – Toronto has three picks in the first round, so the question will likely be which one gets shopped the most. I think they stand put and take a GA forward with their first pick.
7. Chicago Fire – Nick Besler (Notre Dame) – I know most folks would love to see Baby Bes in Kansas City with his brother but I think the Fire would be wise to take the Notre Dame midfielder here. They need quality depth in the midfield and Besler would likely love to get out of his brothers shadows in another town anyways.
8. Houston Dynamo – Connor Donovan (GA/NC State) – Houston will be ecstatic to see a GA player drop in their lap. Donovan will get plenty of minutes in the Dynamo back four, which was extremely leaky in 2014.
9. Toronto FC – Oumar Ballo (UMBC) – Defense is always an issue in Toronto, so snagging one of the better remaining center backs is going to be something they should do in this draft if they don’t trade this pick away.
10. Sporting KC – Dan Metzger (Maryland) – With Baby Bes off the board, Metzger is one of the better remaining central midfielders on the board.
11. Toronto FC – Leo Stolz (UCLA) – While he likely won’t go to MLS (rumors have it that he will go to Europe), Toronto wouldn’t shock me at all to see them draft Stolz just to retain his player rights in MLS for a couple years.
12. Sporting KC – Andy Craven (UNC) – Adding some depth up top in the attack is likely be the next step for Sporting in this draft. Craven has played in a 4-3-3 for a couple seasons now and will fit in perfectly in KC.
13. Vancouver Whitecaps – Axel Sjoborg (Marquette) – Some wonder if he has the mobility to do well in MLS but his size is something that cannot be ignored.
14. Columbus Crew – Andy Thoma (Washington) – Left backs are pretty deep in this draft and Thoma could go as high as five or six in my book or land somewhere in the middle of the first round like to the Crew.
15. FC Dallas – Tim Parker (St. Johns’) – FCD needs some serious depth in the middle of the defense. Parker is one of the better center backs available in this draft too. Oscar Pareja has done well with his rookies over the last couple years so this will be an intriguing pick nonetheless.
16. Real Salt Lake – Eric Bird (Virginia) – RSL always loves to gobble up smart players that have played in a diamond system in the past. Bird did well at Virginia this year to help lead them to a national title.
17. D.C. United – Alex Bono (GA/Syracuse) – Getting the last GA is one thing, but getting a quality goalkeeper project like Bono is just smart business for the future. Who knows how much longer DCU will be able to hold on to Bill Hamid anyways.
18. New York Red Bulls – Skylar Thomas (Syracuse) – Thomas helped lead one of the national’s best defenses in 2014. NY needs defensive depth almost more than anything right now.
19. Colorado Rapids – Boyd Okwuono (UNC) – The fun situation with him and FCD left Okwuono go to the draft (he didn’t want to be a FCD Homegrown). Colorado has plenty of holes to fill and this one wouldn’t be a bad one considering it would kind of stick it to their former boss Oscar Pareja. This is after all the draft pick they got from FCD for Pareja.
20. Sporting KC – Aaron Simmons (UCLA) – Another solid central defender in this draft that SKC could do well with if they don’t shop this pick.
21. LA Galaxy – Seth Capisle (California) – One of the smarter players in this draft, Capisle is already being dubbed by some as Michael Bradley in beta.