FINAL Mock Draft: See how MLSsoccer.com editors line 'em up

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The 2013 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas is upon us (Thursday, Jan. 17, at noon ET on MLSsoccer.com, ESPN3.com and YouTube.com) and our draft experts – Simon Borg, Jason Saghini and Matthew Doyle – have put the final touches on the way they see things unfolding in Indianapolis. 

GA = member of Generation adidas 

1st Round

Pick Team Simon Borg Matt Doyle Jason Saghini
1

Walker Zimmerman (DF)

Furman / GA

With Chivas USA stating their intentions at No. 2, Toronto may feel confident trading this pick to a team with the understanding that TFC's top target will be left to drop to No. 3. That target should be center back Walker Zimmerman

Andrew Farrell (DF)

Louisville / GA

Got progressively worse at the Combine, and was skinned twice on the final day. Plus Toronto already have a load of young central defenders. I have a hunch this pick may end up on the trading block – but Farrell will still go No. 1.

Andrew Farrell (DF)

Louisville / GA

If Toronto keep both picks, Farrell is their top choice. If he wasn't in their crosshairs, trading the top spot or the third pick would be in the cards.

 

2

 

Carlos Alvarez (MF)

Connecticut

MLS is in for some good times with Chelís at the helm of Chivas. He does what no team with a No. 2 pick has ever done, and names the player he's taking, allowing this mock drafter to nail a pick before the SuperDraft has even started.

Carlos Alvarez (MF)

Connecticut

If I get this one wrong, I quit.

 

 

(UP FROM NO. 9)

 

Carlos Alvarez (MF)

Connecticut

Chelis has made it clear that the attacking midfielder is his pick at No. 2. Trades aside, Alvarez could be pulling the strings for Chivas USA as early as 2013.

(UP FROM NO. 11)

3

      

Kyle Bekker (MF)

Boston College

Put on a show at the Combine with his vision, technique and longer-range passing stealing the show. If TFC feel good about the physical and defensive side of his game, they may have found a stellar replacement for Torsten Frings.

(UP FROM NO. 10)

Kyle Bekker (MF)

Boston College

Nobody at the Combine helped his stock more than Bekker, who was something of an enigma at BC despite some standout performances with the Canadian U-23s. Yes, he needs to play next to a true No. 6, but that's what Júlio César is. Perfect match.

(UP FROM NO. 18)

Kyle Bekker (MF)

Boston College

Early in the Combine, I thought the was a bit early for Bekker, but after seeing him more in person, I think it's justified.

4

      

Andrew Farrell (DF)

Louisville / GA

Revolution take the best defender on show at the Combine and someone who can start in MLS and not look out of place. Can play center back or cover for Kevin Alston.

(DOWN FROM NO. 3)

Deshorn Brown (FW)

Central Florida / GA

Showed speed, strength and good footwork at the Combine. Went hard – pressing without the ball – even when his team was getting blown out. Capped it all off by finally hitting the net on the last day.

 

Walker Zimmerman (DF)

Furman / GA

The U-20 center back falling to the Revs at No. 4 would be perfect for manager Jay Heaps, but they'll sweat it out hoping no one trades ahead of them.

 

5

    

Eriq Zavaleta (DF / FW)

Indiana / GA

Whatever position he winds up playing, Zavaleta will be a class player in MLS. Reads the game like few can at his age and he has an exquisite touch and great size. The Whitecaps don't blink here.

 

Eriq Zavaleta (DF/FW)

Indiana / GA

It is very, very easy to imagine him peeling off the front line, controlling the ball with his back to goal, then sending Darren Mattocks through. If the idea is to find the perfect partner for last year's No. 2 pick, then Zavaleta is the man.

Eriq Zavaleta (DF/FW)

Indiana / GA

The Whitecaps could use a more natural pairing for Darren Mattocks in a two-man front line and Zavaleta is the guy. Could be a forward tandem to reckon with for years to come.

 

(UP FROM NO. 6)

6

Erik Hurtado (FW)

Santa Clara

For a Rapids team that was too static at times last year, they find a powerful and explosive winger in the mold of UConn's Tony Cascio. Hurtado is a perfect fit for the 4-3-3 and can play either flank.

Walker Zimmerman (FW)

Furman / GA

Hurt, perhaps, by the injury that kept him out of the Combine? Whatever the case, the Rapids would love to see Zimmerman fall to them here. They're reportedly working hard to move up and land either him or Zavaleta for the central defense.

(DOWN FROM NO. 3)

Mikey Lopez (MF)

North Carolina / GA

With the top three center backs off the board, Colorado move on from their first need to add the dynamic linking player, thus adding a spark to the midfield.

 

(DOWN FROM NO. 2)

7

Deshorn Brown (FW)

Central Florida / GA

Many want to slot Kekuta Manneh here, perhaps because he lives in Texas. But Schellas Hyndman's team doesn't need trickery and cleverness. FC Dallas need speed and strength and they'll get it with Brown.

Mikey Lopez (MF)

North Carolina / GA

They'd be dancing for joy if Lopez falls to them here. He fits an immediate need in central midfield as the link between Peter Luccin and David Ferreira, and can learn to be a pure No. 6 in time. Plus he's a Texas native.

(DOWN FROM NO. 2)

Erik Hurtado (FW)

Santa Clara

The versatile attacker is MLS-ready and can fill in several places for Dallas in any of the formations that they're considering. 

(UP FROM NO. 8)

8

Emery Welshman (FW)

Oregon State

The Impact are desperate for forward help. And the dynamic Canadian, one of the stars at the Combine, is a player who offers tactical flexibility and defensive commitment to fit any formation.

Emery Welshman (FW)

Oregon State

It's probably a coin flip between Welshman and Erik Hurtado at this spot, and Welshman wins out thanks to the fact that he's Canadian. Was solid at three spots in the Combine, and will add speed to an attack that needs it.

(UP FROM NO. 29)

Blake Smith (MF)

New Mexico

Another versatile attacker who can play out left or up top if needed and is much better than his Combine performace showed. Montreal know that.

(UP FROM NO. 10)

9

Ryan Finley (FW)

Notre Dame

Powerful runner with a goalscorer's mean streak. Can help create space for Jairo Arrieta or make runs on balls served up by Federico Higuaín. His size and strength make him MLS ready.

(DOWN FROM NO. 4)

Erik Hurtado (FW)

Santa Clara

The Crew are one of the teams said to be well into trade talks, so don't be surprised if it's someone else picking here. Hurtado doesn't really fit a need for them, but he's the best attacking talent on the board here.

(UP FROM NO. 19)

Jason Johnson (FW)

Virginia Comm. / GA

The pick here is Deshorn Brown or Jason Johnson, and J.J. gets the nod to add speed to the Columbus attack.

 

10

Mikey Lopez (MF)

North Carolina / GA

They pick up the last Generation adidas player who doesn't count against the salary budget or their allotment of international slots. Technical and mobile midfielder who could be groomed as the future starter at defensive mid.

(UP FROM NO. 12)

Blake Smith (MF)

New Mexico

Vancouver would probably be disappointed to come out of the draft without either of the top two Canadian talents, but Smith is more than just a consolation prize. He's a guy who can play valuable minutes on either wing as a rookie.

Dillon Powers (MF)

Notre Dame

Another piece to tie it all together in Vancouver is a talented midfilder that can go box-to-box and make the final pass when needed.

(DOWN FROM NO. 5)

11

Kekuta Manneh (FW)

Austin Aztex / GA

The 18-year-old Gambian forward showed a fearless temperament during the Combine. Although a little undersized, he can grow quickly as part of the experienced squad Frank Klopas has assembled.

Kekuta Manneh (FW)

Austin Aztex / GA

Looked like he was pressing too hard during the Combine, which isn't unexpected for an 18-year-old. But he has good feet and great quickness, which Frank Klopas will want in his attack.

Deshorn Brown (FW)

Central Florida / GA

The top GA forward prospect left will do for a team that has already done well to improve themselves this offseason.

(UP FROM NO. 12)

12

     

Devon Sandoval (FW)

New Mexico

Sandoval's specialty and size is so distinct he becomes a shock first-round pick after an excellent Combine. RSL find the perfect backup for Álvario Saborío: a player who is expert at holding the ball up and is technical enough to combine.

(NEW)

Ryan Finley (FW)

Notre Dame

RSL are yet another one of those teams said to be involved in serious trade talks. If they stay here, and Finley falls to them, that's a pretty good fit – they need goals, and he scores 'em.

 

Devon Sandoval (FW)

New Mexico

With only Saborío and the probable signing of Robbie Finley up top, RSL can use some bodies in the attack and this big body can spell Sabo when he's on international duty.

(UP FROM NO. 20)

13

Kory Kindle (DF)

Cal State Bakersfield

Sensational athlete and great attitude. Physical, fast and determined. His leaping ability makes him another dangerous aerial weapon for the Dynamo.

Dylan Tucker-Gangnes (DF)

Washington

Mostly quiet after the first day of the Combine. It's worth noting he went flying in for headers he didn't actually win a couple of times, but it's also worth noting he didn't get beat on the turn at all.

 

Kory Kindle (DF)

Cal State Bakersfield

With center back and left back as needs, Houston go with the tougher to fill and get a prospect that fits the Dynamo M.O.: athletic and good in the air.

(UP FROM NO. 19)

14

Donnie Smith (MF)

UNC Charlotte

The best left winger at the MLS Combine. Powerful runner, excellent technique and he can run up and down the line all day.

(UP FROM NO. 24)

John Stertzer (MF)

Maryland

I've now yo-yo'd him between No. 7 and No. 14 across the three mock drafts. He should probably just set his watch for the central timezone and have at it.

(DOWN FROM NO. 7)

John Stertzer (MF)

Maryland

This is a win-now team so they take a player who is ready to help out with first-team minutes in 2013.

15

Jason Johnson (FW)

Virginia Comm. / GA

The Earthquakes are missing the speed demon up top who can run onto the Gordon/Lenhart headers and stretch opposing backlines. Could become a situational player early on for the Quakes. They can burn an international slot here.

(DOWN FROM NO. 9)

Tommy Muller (DF)

Georgetown

Got the jitters out on the first day, and ended up having the kind of calm and collected Combine performance most expected of him. He doesn't "wow" you – he's just a rock in central defense.

(UP FROM NO. 16)

Taylor Kemp (DF)

Maryland

The most MLS-ready left back is snatched up by San Jose to help eat up minutes in a busy season for the Supporters' Shield champs.

16

Dylan Tucker-Gangnes (DF)

Washington

With the departure of Jeff Parke, the Sounders need a dependable, hard defender in the back who's also good in the air. Tucker-Gangnes fits the bill and he's a player who can start the attack from the back.

Eric Schoenle (DF)

West Virginia

Some real concerns over his strength at the MLS level – he's stick-thin out there. But at no point did he look out of his depth physically, and Seattle have a real need in the center of defense.

(DOWN FROM NO. 15)

Dylan Tucker-Gangnes (DF)

Washington

One of the top center backs on the board makes sense at this point without any other must-have prospect left (although Ryan Finley's goal-scoring prowess will be tough to pass up).

17

Taylor Kemp (DF)

Maryland

Many had Jimmy Nealis at this pick but the Combine proved that Kemp is the most ready to step in. He's dynamic, he has great feet and he delivers an excellent ball. Will be a dependable left back in MLS.

(DOWN FROM NO. 15)

Dillon Powers (FW)

Notre Dame

Didn't have a ball winner next to him at the Combine, which may account for some of his struggles. But he'd slot in perfectly next to Perry Kitchen in Ben Olsen's 4-2-3-1.

(DOWN FROM NO. 14)

Kekuta Manneh (FW)

Austin Aztex / GA

The GA contract is appealing, but the promise shown by Manneh means he is a first-round talent and D.C. won't let him slip by.

 

(DOWN FROM NO. 7)

18

Ashton Bennett (FW)

Coastal Carolina

One of the best forwards at the Combine. He's on the smaller side, but his speed will add a new dimension to the Montreal forward line. He showed on Tuesday that he's also flexible enough to operate behind the forwards if needed. Canadian resident.

(UP FROM NO. 27)

Ashton Bennett (FW)

Coastal Carolina

Bennett had two goals in three games, and probably could have had six. He gets in the box and finds chances other forwards just don't see – think Jack McInerney with dreads. Has Canadian residency, and is 18 months from Canadian citizenship.

(DOWN FROM NO. 8)

Ashton Bennett (FW)

Coastal Carolina

Welshman could make sense here also, but Bennett is the better goalscorer and Welshman might still be there at No. 27 when Montreal get back on the clock.

 

(NEW)

19

Ryan Clark (MF)

Monmouth

Fine left-footed player, who can play at left back, left midfield and central midfield. Bruce Arena can work with his talent and mold him into a solid pro.

Kory Kindle (DF)

CSU Bakersfield

He's going to take some time to mold, but if he matches tactical awareness to his off-the-charts athleticism, Arena will have landed Todd Dunivant's heir.

(UP FROM NO. 28)

Ryan Finley (FW)

Notre Dame

Finley's goalscoring will get him picked in the first round, even if it is with the last pick. The Galaxy would be thrilled to add the savvy attacker to their arsenal.

(DOWN FROM NO. 17)

 

Second Round

Pick Team Simon Borg Matt Doyle Jason Saghini
20

Tommy Muller (DF)

Georgetown

Dallas will wait for the Supplemental Draft to pick up their back-up for Jair Benítez. Muller's a gamer with excellent timing and a great feel for the game. If Ugo Ihemelu can't go in 2013, Muller is ready to step in.

(UP FROM NO. 28)

Greg Cochrane (DF)

Louisville

Absolutely tireless at left back, and can fill in at left midfield. He's kind of like Zach Loyd – you just pencil him into the lineup for 34 games a year and don't have too many highs or lows.

Ian Christianson (MF)

Georgetown

With wingers like Fabián Castillo and Brek Shea, what better guy sitting in deep midfield than Christianson who loves to win the second ball and switch fields?

(UP FROM NO. 32)

21

Dylan Remick (DF)

Brown

Athleticism is his strength. He can add a brand new dimension to Revs' left back position which has been manned by the technical, but slower, Chris Tierney.

Taylor Kemp (DF)

Maryland

Kemp's arguably shown better than any other left back in the draft, but injury concerns – he's nursing a sports hernia – and athletic upside see him fall a bit here.

Greg Cochrane (DF)

Louisville

New England have OK options at left back, but Cochrane will challenge the status quo and add an exciting option on the left side

(UP FROM NO. 27)

22

     

Dillon Powers (MF)

Notre Dame

The Red Bulls need midfielders who can cover ground and are high on skill. Powers is a match although he will need to be more committed on the defensive side of the ball than what he showed at the Combine.

(DOWN FROM NO. 14)

Donnie Smith (MF)

UNC Charlotte

The Red Bulls need to add width to their midfield, and that's exactly what Smith gives him. He's a true wide player who wants to get to the endline and cross. Simple, but effective.

Donnie Smith (MF)

UNC Charlotte

RBNY need bodies in the midfield and Smith would be a solid addition on the left side at this point in the draft.

 

23

Don Anding (FW)

Northeastern

Of the remaining forwards, he has the best combination of size, speed, skill and versatility. And the Revs have surely watched a lot of him at Northeastern.

Michael Bustamante (DF)

Boston University

One of the stories of the Combine. He came into the event as an attacking midfielder, and left as maybe the top right back on the board.

(UP FROM NO. 36)

Marc Cintron (MF)

Providence

Could end up anywhere on the right side of the field or up top, but the talent is there to push for playing time as a rookie.

24

Blake Smith (MF)

New Mexico

His Combine performances improved with every match. Could make for the perfect Galaxy outside player: Can take it to end line or converge and combine inside.

(DOWN FROM NO. 22)

Ryan Hollingshead (MF)

UCLA

Probably a top 10 talent, but his religious mission (namely, the uncertain duration of it) sees him slip. Just watch him fall to the Galaxy and end up winning Rookie of the Year. That would be so LA.

Ryan Hollingshead (MF)

UCLA

He's on the radar of multiple teams despite an unsure future and LA doubtless have to be one of them. So, risky as it may be, he goes at No. 24.

25

John Stertzer (MF)

Maryland

If the rumored trade involving Jeff Larentowicz takes place, the Rapids would jump at the chance to have Stertzer: a technical central midfielder with great vision.

(DOWN FROM NO. 18)

Jose Gomez (MF)

Creighton

Did not have a good Combine, but he's not the only one. His stellar college career and the fact that he can fill in at two spots in Oscar Pareja's 4-3-3 make him a solid choice here.

Jose Gomez (MF)

Creighton

With international spots to spare, Pareja can take a chance on a skilled midfielder who could turn out to be an impact player in MLS.

26

John Gallagher (DF)

Penn State

Union need someone to back up Gabriel Farfan, their lone left back. They start with a skillful player who can defend and deliver a good cross. Louisville's Greg Cochrane may be the other choice here.

John Gallagher (DF)

Penn St.

One of the Combine's big winners, he's probably solidified his status as a SuperDraft pick. Simply an animal in 1-v-1 defense, and solid in possession.

 

Tommy Muller (DF)

Georgetown

Philly could use at leats one extra option at center back and Muller is the best on the board at this point.

(DOWN FROM NO. 13)

27

Luke Spencer (FW)

Xavier

Although he didn't necessarily play like a big man during the Combine, the Impact could certainly use a forward with his size. The fact that he likes to face up defenders and is good with the ball at his feet is a plus.

(NEW)

Jason Johnson (FW)

Virginia Commonwealth / GA

Ok, it'd be kind of incredible if a GA talent fell this far, but Johnson's limp display at the Combine may be enough to do it. Looks like he's years away from competing in MLS.

(DOWN FROM NO. 6)

Emery Welshman (FW)

Oregon State

The Impact do well to add several options to their attack and Welshman falling to No. 27 is a blessing for the Montreal-based side.

(DOWN FROM NO. 18)

28

Jimmy Nealis (DF)

Georgetown

Was once touted as the best left back in the SuperDraft but the Combine re-jiggered that order. Even if it's not Nealis, the Crew will find a left back here (Louisville's Greg Cochrane?).

(DOWN FROM NO. 17)

Jimmy Nealis (DF)

Georgetown

Had an under-the-radar Combine, which shouldn't obscure his outstanding college career. Can overlap and combine either in possession, or initiating the attack.

(DOWN FROM NO. 17)

Jimmy Nealis (DF)

Georgetown

A top left back would help Columbus with options in the back as they try to rebuild a backline with several holes.

(DOWN FROM NO. 21)

29

James Belshaw (GK)

Duke

Englishman stood out at the Combine not only for his saves but for his personality, authority and sense for the game. Union have the international spots to give him a chance.

Will Bates (FW)

Virginia

The understudy for Conor Casey, Bates would be much higher on this list if he hadn't torn his ACL last year. Certainly looks fully fit, but concerns about his right knee could see him slip to here.

(UP FROM NO. 33)

John Gallagher (DF)

Penn State

Remick could also be the option here, but Gallagher showed at the Combine that he's ready to take his game to the next level and his athletic ability is tough to pass up.

(UP FROM NO. 30)

30

Chris Thomas (FW)

Elon

The Rapids forward corps is still thin with Edson Buddle and Andre Akpan. Thomas could become that opportunistic, late-game sub, who finds the space or makes the goalscoring run ala Wondolowski.

(UP FROM NO. 31)

Jossimar Sanchez (MF)

Connecticut

Cheap, athletic depth at defensive midfield. Sanchez is never going to "wow" anyone, but he's got range and tactical chops, and can spell Hendry Thomas when the big Honduran needs a break.

Dylan Remick (DF)

Brown

The string of left backs continues with Brown's Remick to help the Rapids in a spot that they have little depth.

(DOWN FROM NO. 28)

31

Yazid Atouba (FW)

Canon Yaounde

RSL have the international spots to gamble on the left-footed Cameroonian youth international who has an abundance of speed and great feet. Could make for a good second forward.

(NEW)

Devon Sandoval (FW)

New Mexico

Sandoval's ability to hold the ball under pressure and bring the midfield into the play might actually make him a better fit than Finley for RSL. Don't be surprised if he goes much higher than this.

 

Ryan Clark (DF/MF)

Monmouth

Clark projects as a left back, but has played all over in college so could be a valuable asset as RSL look to rebuild.

 

32

Drew Beckie (DF)

Denver

Canadian Under-23 player who can play at right back and center back as needed. Tall, strong and athletic. His addition allows Callum Mallace to focus on being a holding mid.

(UP FROM NO. 36)

Kofi Opare (DF)

Michigan

Opare has American citizenship and Canadian residency, and he's the type of physical specimen who could contribute in MLS if he gets the right seasoning.

(DOWN FROM NO. 27)

Kofi Opare (DF)

Michigan

A younger, athletic center back would help considering the age and fragile nature of the current lineup.

(UP FROM NO. 34)

33

Eric Schoenle (DF)

West Virginia

The questions about Schoenle's slight frame persist, but he wasn't considered one of the best defenders in college for nothing. His ability in the air makes him too good to pass up here.

Ryan Clark (DF)

Monmouth

Played all over the field in college, but will eventually settle in as Justin Morrow's backup at left back. A pick that fits a need for the Quakes.

(NEW)

 

Eric Schoenle (DF)

West Virginia

The Quakes need to add some options to the backline and although Schoenle needs to bulk up for the MLS level, pairing him with Víctor Bernárdez will help ease him in.

(DOWN FROM NO. 26)

34

Jose Diaz (DF)

UC Riverside

The Quakes get another center back (yep, they need help that bad), this time a playmaking central defender who they know well. Diaz has already received interest from Mexican clubs.

 

Ian Christianson (MF)

Georgetown

Like Sandoval, don't be surprised if he goes much higher. His ability to switch play into stride is an MLS skill, and he fared much better than expected in agility drills. A solid backup to Rafael Baca.

Andrew Ribeiro (DF/MF)

Creighton

Ribeiro should be a center-mid and he'll add depth for San Jose in the middle, but in a pinch his ability to play in the back makes him the right pick.

 

(DOWN FROM NO. 33)

35

Kevin Durr (MF)

Air Force

Former Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen youth player is a box-to-box midfielder who can take over a game with a rare combination of athleticism and superior skill. Sounders could also select Ryan Hollingshead here.

Don Anding (FW)

Northeastern

Split time between forward and left wing. Can play as a second striker running off of Eddie Johnson, or as a true winger if Sigi switches to a 4-2-3-1.

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Kevin Durr (MF)

Air Force

The Sounders roster will be tough to make, but the little known midfielder has a shot with the ability to play with both feet and combine well with teammates.

(NEW)

36

Will Bates (FW)

Virginia

The Revolution could use the big, bruising forward who will put in an honest day's work. He's thicker than Jerry Bengtson and could offer a different look than Saer Sene and Diego Fagundez.

(NEW)

Joe Franco (DF)

CSU Northridge

Franco will need until late summer to recover from his ACL tear, but could be worth waiting for. More fullback depth for the Revs.

(NEW)

Joe Franco (DF)

CSU Northridge

Heaps checks all the boxes on improving competition in each area of defense.

37

Eric Robertson (DF)

Brown

Dynamo add a tall defender (6-foot-3), who's quick on his feet and excellent in the air.

Dylan Remick (DF)

Brown

Didn't have the best Combine, but wasn't overwhelmed athletically. That's a good starting point for Dominic Kinnear, who needs to find a left-footed backup for Corey Ashe.

(DOWN FROM NO. 23)

Paolo DelPiccolo (MF)

Louisville

Holding mid is an area that could use some reinforcements and DelPiccolo will fit the Houston system well.

38

Evan Raynr (MF)

UCLA

Smart, technical and fairly speedy midfielder who never got out from under the shadow of Ryan Hollingshead. But those in the know say he's the real UCLA prospect in this draft.

Evan Raynr (MF)

UCLA

Another winger for Arena, Raynr missed most of his senior season with an injury. But he's a technical, pacy winger who has real 1-v-1 skills and local roots.

(NEW)

Andy Reimer (MF)

Georgetown

A versatile attacking player that found a home at right midfield this season for Georgetown and can add some width to the LA attack when needed.

 

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