MLSsoccer.com unveils who's No. 1 in 2012 Mock SuperDraft

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The 2012 MLS SuperDraft is just days away (Jan. 12, noon ET; ESPN2 and ESPN3), and our experts have differing views on who’s headed where and which teams and players will make the biggest splash.

With the MLS Combine set to kick off on Friday, Jan. 6 (live coverage of all the matches on MLSsoccer.com), Simon Borg, Jason Saghini and college beat writer Travis Clark present their mock drafts for both rounds of the SuperDraft. Watch for the update to the mock draft after the Combine.

GA = member of Generation adidas 

First Round

Pick Team Simon Borg Jason Saghini Travis Clark
1
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Andrew Wenger (DF/MF)

Duke/GA

The best all-around player and a lock to be a starter somewhere on the field in his first year. An expansion team’s dream.

Darren Mattocks (FW)

Akron/GA

Speedy goal scorers are hard to find. Can't pass up this opportunity although Wenger's all-around abilities make him hard to look past.

Darren Mattocks (FW)

Akron/GA

The high-flying forward gives Jesse Marsch a dangerous offensive weapon up front. Hopefully the Jamaican likes the cold.

2

 

Kelyn Rowe (MF)

UCLA/GA

Martin Rennie wants to build a team that can possess and attack. Rowe’s skills and versatility fits right in.

Andrew Wenger (DF/MF)

Duke/GA

Center back is the top need and Wenger is the best prospect there. And at defensive midfield. And arguably at wide mid and forward.

Andrew Wenger (DF/MF)

Duke/GA

The utility man offers depth at center back or defensive midfield for Vancouver and can start right away.

3

      

Darren Mattocks (FW)

Akron/GA

The most feared college forward in 2011 falls to New England and Jay Heaps has to pull the trigger.

Chandler Hoffman (FW)

UCLA/GA

Heaps just misses fellow Blue Devil Wenger and settles for a goal machine who will make great runs in front of two excellent passers in Joseph and Feilhaber.

Dom Dwyer (FW)

South Florida/GA

A forward with good speed and a clinical finisher, Dwyer will help boost a depleted Revolution forward line.

4

      

Luis Silva (MF)

UCSB

One of the most skillful midfielders in the country, Silva has the size, smarts and skills to prove a valuable member of the 4-3-3 in Toronto.
 

Kelyn Rowe (MF)

UCLA/GA

Centerback is the need, but TFC don’t pass on a guy with Rowe's talent for a centerback who would not be a guaranteed starter.

Andrew Jean-Baptiste (DF)

UConn/GA

A hulking defender, Jean-Baptiste’s Generation adidas status makes him an attractive choice for Toronto FC, despite the centerback still needing time to develop.

5

    

Chandler Hoffman (FW)

UCLA/GA

One of the top scorers in UCLA history for the Goats as they prepare for the post-JPA era.

Nick DeLeon (MF)

Louisville

Chivas could use help in several areas, but adding a potent attacking threat who can play out wide or as a second forward, combine well and get service to JPA/Moreno is a great start.

Kelyn Rowe (MF)

UCLA/GA

Rowe is still a bit raw, but he offers an offensive spark few can match in this draft class.

6

Enzo Martinez (MF)

North Carolina/GA

Ever since Geovanni left in 2010, the Quakes have struggled to find a guiding light with ideas in midfield. Now they have him in the Uruguayan.

Enzo Martinez (MF)

North Carolina/GA

Addition of a dynamic attacking threat who can play in the middle or out left will help SJ get the most out of the Wondo-Lenhart combo up top.

Matt Hedges (DF)

North Carolina

A beast at the back, Hedges is MLS-ready and could stake a claim for a starting role in 2012 for the Quakes.

7

Tyler Polak (DF)

Creighton/GA

Although reports are that the club is chasing a left back on the int’l market, the best left back of the draft could give Daniel Woolard a run.

Tyler Polak (DF)

Creighton/GA

An upgrade at left back and target forward have to be the first things addressed by Olsen and the GA status of Polak makes him the choice over senior forwards.

Enzo Martinez (MF)

North Carolina/GA

The Uruguayan playmaker adds depth to D.C.’s attacking corps, both in the middle and on the flanks.

8

Calum Mallace (MF)

Marquette

A player after John Spencer’s own heart. Tough, spirited, no-nonsense and good on the ball. Can be Jack Jewsbury’s double.

Luis Silva (MF)

UCSB

This is a bit speculative, but a more attack-minded option in the midfield would help give Portland a different look at times and potentially spark the offense when needed.

Austin Berry (DF)

Louisville

Berry is ready to help an MLS team right away, and he’ll bolster Portland’s back line as a rookie.

9

Emiliano Bonfigli (FW)

Manta FC (Ecuador)

The Fire get the natural finisher they’ve been looking for. The Argentine will be able to convert on the numerous opportunities that Nyarko, Oduro and Pappa create.

Tony Cascio (FW)

UConn

Versatile attacker adds depth to both wings and can play forward if needed. An important pick-up with Pappa's status up in the air.

Chandler Hoffman (FW)

UCLA/GA

The Fire need a clinical finisher who can finish opportunities created by the speed of Patrick Nyarko and Dominic Oduro. Hoffman fits that bill.

10

Dom Dwyer (FW)

South Florida/GA

The pieces are falling into place in Columbus but it’s all for naught if they can’t score regularly. Dwyer, who will not be wide-eyed, is quickly rising up the ranks of American soccer.

Calum Mallace (DF/MF)

Marquette

With attacking help coming in via international waters, Crew find a solid option in the middle of the field who can help if injury prone mids O'Rourke and Tchani go down again.

Ethan Finlay (MF/FW)

Creighton

With Emmanuel Ekpo and Robbie Rogers on the way out, the Crew need help out wide, which is where Finlay projects to play in MLS. A hard worker on both sides of the ball, he’ll fit in very well in Columbus.

11

Sam Garza (MF/FW)

UCSB/GA

With Marvin Chávez gone and the int’l interest only growing around Brek Shea, it wouldn’t hurt to groom a versatile player who can play multiple positions.

Greg Jordan (MF)

Creighton

If anyone can appreciate an unheralded college player that just gets it done, it's Hyndman. A Hernandez replacement needs to be found and Dallas don't have a second-round pick.

Sam Garza (M)

UCSB/GA

In need of a right winger thanks to the departure of Marvin Chávez, Garza is a native Texan and a player who can set up chances for new signing Blas Pérez to convert.

12

     

Andrew Jean-Baptiste (DF)

UConn/GA

Toronto take the last GA player available, hoping that his raw athleticism can eat up some minutes ahead of a congested 2012 fixture list.

Andrew Jean-Baptiste (DF)

UConn/GA

Center back is still their biggest need to a GA product that has a lot of tools and potential seems like the obvious choice — they will be happy to see him drop to 12.

Nick DeLeon (MF)

Louisville

The glut of attacking midfielders in this year’s draft means DeLeon falls to Toronto, a good fit for the 4-3-3 system they employ.

13

Jason Banton (MF/FW)

Leicester City (England)

Banton’s youth, speed and energy on the left will help the Union forget about Justin Mapp. Peter Nowak will like that the young pro won’t need much hand-holding.

Matt Hedges (DF)

North Carolina

Jean-Baptiste's selection means Hedges drops to the Union and they'd be thrilled to add depth to their most shallow position with the UNC centerback.

Tyler Polak (DF)

Creighton/GA

While some debate his readiness for the pro ranks, Philadelphia need reinforcements at left back and can bring Polak along slowly as a backup.

14

Nick DeLeon (MF)

Louisville

An injection of youth and skill into the Rapids midfield. He can take ownership of the left midfield slot that has been a revolving door in Colorado.

Hunter Jumper (DF)

Virginia

The biggest need for Colorado is left back unless they feel good about oft-injured Anthony Wallace and unsigned Hunter Freeman. A good direction to go here.

Tony Cascio (MF/FW)

UConn

Needing creativity in their midfield, Cascio provides an attacking option on either flank for the retooling Rapids.

15

Casey Townsend (FW)

Maryland

They call him the next Taylor Twellman. He’s lethal around goal and just what the doctor ordered for a Sounders team that has yet to find a high-scoring forward.
 

Sam Garza (FW)

UCSB/GA

Dangerous attacking player who needs to get better at finishing his chances — he can learn from one of MLS' best and maybe one day replace him.

Casey Townsend (FW)

Maryland

Roster spots are few and far between in Seattle, but a goal poacher like Townsend would be a solid addition and could convert chances set up by the Sounders midfield.

16

Chris Estridge (DF)

Indiana

A marauding left back in the style of Seth Sinovic, who can give the latter competition. Can possibly also play at left mid. His fitness is a plus in SKC’s high pressure system.

Jason Banton (MF/FW)

Leicester City (England)

With plenty of International spots open and a solid base, Vermes can take a chance on the speedy 19-year old from England.

Tommy Meyer (DF)

Indiana

Another big, physical centerback, Meyer provides another option for Peter Vermes at the back.

17

Tony Cascio (MF/FW)

UConn

After attempting to make a Home Grown claim on Cascio, RSL see him fall in their lap during the draft. Potential replacement at right midfield for Andy Williams but will need time.

Aldo Paniagua (MF)

General Caballero

While depth at right back is a key need, Paniagua offers coverage at several places in the midfield, could play right back and is much more experienced than the collegiate options.

Calum Mallace (MF)

Marquette

An intimidating holding midfielder who can cover a tremendous amount of ground, Mallace would make a reliable backup for Kyle Beckerman.

18

Tony Walls (DF/MF)

UW-Green Bay

There’s not much depth at central midfield in Houston and Walls will bring the right mix of athleticism and skills that Dominic Kinnear appreciates.

Dom Dwyer (FW)

South Florida/GA

After picking up two GAs in the first round last year, Kinnear snags the last remaining one in '12, adding a talented goal-scorer to a depleted front line.

Luis Silva (MF)

UCSB

Silva, one of the top attacking midfielders in the draft, provides guile and class in the middle of the park that would open up more chances for Brad Davis and Houston’s sizable forward line.

19

Ethan Finlay (MF/FW)

Creighton

The champs add some pace and attacking verve to the wings, which generally lack both unless Landon Donovan starts there.

Aaron Maund (DF)

Notre Dame

With uncertainty surrounding the future of Omar Gonzalez, LA pick up some insurance with the athletic Maund to potentially pair with the cerebral DeLaGarza.

Kirk Urso (MF)

North Carolina

With Juninho returning to Brazil and Beckham’s status unclear, Urso is a capable option in central midfield this late in the first round.

 

Second Round

Pick Team Simon Borg Jason Saghini Travis Clark
20
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Colin Rolfe (FW)

Louisville

A big target striker who is intimidated by no one. Perhaps not refined technically but scrappy, physical and generally a handful up top. You know Marsch appreciates all those traits.

Casey Townsend (FW)

Maryland

Defensive help is needed, but the better talent left is on the offensive side of the ball and the midfield, so Marsch plays it safe with a talented target man.

Kenney Walker (MF)

Louisville

Needing to fill a number of gaps, Walker provides Montreal with a proven winner, technically gifted midfielder, with a blistering shot.

21

Tommy Meyer (DF)

Indiana

Arguably the most complete centerback at the MLS Player Combine could eventually challenge for a starting spot given his ability to playmake from the back.

Chris Estridge (DF)

Indiana

Attack-minded outside back offers depth on both sides and can play at midfield in a pinch.

Miguel Ibarra (MF)

UC Irvine

An exciting talent reminiscent of Andy Najar, Ibarra’s speed and skill would be fun to watch on the wing in Vancouver.

22

     

Austin Berry (DF)

Louisville

Big, physical defender will add another dimension to the Revs' centerback corps. Exceptional in the air.

Ethan Finlay (FW)

Creighton

Likely to move to outside mid in MLS, but talent is there and NE need a lot of help in attacking end.

Chris Estridge (DF)

Indiana

A versatile player who can play at either outside back spot, Estridge could also play spot duty at either wide midfield spot.

23

Greg Klazura (DF)

Notre Dame

The Fire have followed him closely and know all about his quickness, his defensive abilities, his service and the fact that he can play both fullback positions.

Bryan Gaul (FW)

Bradley

A lot of upside from a local kid with great tools. I don't see Chicago letting him drop past here.

R.J. Allen (DF)

Monmouth

Depth at outside back is lacking for the Fire, and in Allen, they could pick up a possible starter this season.

24

R.J. Allen (DF)

Monmouth

A fullback that gets into the attack and can play out of the back is just what Jason Kreis was looking for to make up for the departure of Robbie Russell and back up Tony Beltran.

R.J. Allen (DF)

Monmouth

Solid right back option won't get past RSL a second time.

Colin Rolfe (FW)

Louisville

RSL will be ecstatic to add a forward of Rolfe's quality in the second round as the best player on the board.

25

Aldo Paniagua (MF)

General Caballero (Paraguay)

A team with international spots to spare, takes a young, talented, battle-tested midfielder who already has Under-20 World Cup experience with Paraguay.

Colin Rolfe (FW)

Louisville

Good pace and a rugged attitude is a welcome addition to a frontline that can use some extra options.

Arthur Ivo (MF)

SMU

Midfield creativity is a need for San Jose to address, and Ivo’s cultured left foot is an asset that would help in the Bay Area.

26

Lance Rozeboom (MF)

New Mexico

A two-way central midfielder who comes highly recommended from the college ranks. The Crew are thin in that area of the field.

Michael Green (MF)

New Mexico

Athletic two-way midfielder that can play in several areas is a bit of a risk, but has great upside.

Hunter Jumper (DF)

Virginia

Jumper played a few positions for UVA, but could get a chance to help the Crew address their needs at left back.

27

Pat Sigler (DF)

Cal Poly

The Timbers can bring Sigler along slowly. He's a central defender who can play out of the back, which is an area of weakness for Portland.

Stefan Antonijevic (DF)

Valparaiso

A bit of a “project” but at 6-foot-7 and left-footed. Someone will take a shot at him and Portland have three solid centerbacks ahead of him to ease the transition to the pro game.

Kevan George (MF)

Central Florida

The tall, lanky midfielder with a good motor would slot in nicely in the depth chart behind Diego Chara and Jack Jewsbury.

28

Stefan Antonijevic (DF)

Valparaiso

Another player withwhom Frank Klopas and the Fire are familiar. Only a recent convert to central defender but has the size and good feet to make for a prize pick down the line.

Austin Berry (DF)

Louisville

An "animal in the air," the knock on him is his pace, but a future partnership with the athletic Anibaba could pay dividends.

Luke Holmes (MF)

Akron

The Englishman played just a single season for the Zips, but his pace, guile and creativity make him a decent choice for the Fire.

29

Hunter Jumper (DF)

Virginia

The Crew could use insurance for Jamaican left back Shaun Francis, who has had hamstring issues in recent years that have kept him out long term.

Greg Klazura (DF)

Notre Dame

An outside back offers cover on both sides, a ton of speed and solid defending.

Evans Frimpong (FW)

Delaware

Frimpong is a small forward that Columbus could turn to in search of more creativity in the final third.

30

David Tiemstra (DF)

Ohio State

A central defender who comes into January very much under the radar. Although his quickness is suspect, he wins everything in the air and defends well. Good back-up to have behind Aurélien Collin.

Benjamin Ubierna (MF)

San Martín (Peru)

Tall, technical and good on the ball, he'd be a solid addition to the midfield who could play any of the three positions for SKC.

Andy Rose (MF)

UCLA

A proven leader and able to play as either a defensive midfielder or centerback, Rose’s abilities would fit in nicely in Kansas City, where he’d have time to make the adjustment to the pro ranks.

31

Ryan Meara (GK)

Fordham

In need of filling out the goalkeeper depth chart, the Red Bulls take a local NY product who is known for his serious work ethic in addition to excellent size and skills.

Tommy Meyer (DF)

Indiana

Goalkeeping is a need, but without any standouts RBNY can add some depth to the backline.

Aaron Maund (DF)

Notre Dame

Questions about his ability on the ball hound this former US youth international, but if he can make the adjustment he’d be an adequate backup as a rookie.

32

Matt Hedges (DF)

North Carolina

Union address depth issues at center back with one of the brightest prospects from the 2011 College Cup. The player’s height (6-foot-4) belies his skills and speed.

Aubrey Perry (DF)

South Florida

Nowak adds a right back option who likes to get forward as cover for Sheanan Williams' potential trip to the Olympics.

Mykell Bates (DF)

Santa Clara

Bates’ versatility and athleticism would be hard to pass up for the Union as they look for more defenders.

33

Warren Creavalle (MF)

Central Florida

A central midfielder reminiscent of Ricardo Clark with his athleticism and the ground he covers. Creavalle arguably exhibits more vision on the field and an ability to thread the pass.

Tony Walls (DF/MF)

UW-Green Bay

Without glaring needs, Quakes take a shot with defensive midfielder who has a lot of tools, but also some questions marks.

Brian Ownby (FW)

Virginia

Injuries have sidetracked the career of this former US U-20 World Cup vet. However, he has the pace and skill to provide a nice complement to Chris Wondolowski – if he can stay healthy.

34

Eder Arreola (MF)

UCLA

Defense is not his strength, but Arreola has the vision, dribbling ability and a fine left foot to make him a good option off the bench for the Sounders.

Andy Rose (MF)

UCLA

Schmid looks to his alma mater for some cover in central midfield and gets a smart player with good size who keeps it simple.

Jacob Hustedt (MF)

Washington

Despite Hustedt not getting a combine invite, he’s good enough for the pro ranks and is certainly well known to the Seattle technical staff.

35

Michael Green (MF)

New Mexico

Has all the physical and technical tools to be successful – his youth national team days are proof – and he has the versatility that Peter Nowak will love. Can he put it all together in MLS?

Kirk Urso (MF)

North Carolina

Joining his teammate Hedges and former 'Heel Michael Farfan, Urso adds a body to the middle of the field for Philly who can keep things simple and get the ball to the Union’s many playmakers.

Michael Green (MF)

New Mexico

After spending time as a forward in college, Green’s athleticism and a standout senior season boosted his stock, and he’d be a good backup for Philadelphia’s defensive midfield.

36

Brendan King (MF)

Notre Dame

Skillful utility midfielder who can play in different spots as necessary. Equally comfortable with both feet and good in possession. Sounds like an RSL player..

Luckymore Mkosana (FW)

Dartmouth

With Paulo, Jr.'s return unconfirmed, RSL add a speedy option in the attack who can combine well and get behind defenses with crafty runs.

Warren Creavalle (DF/MF)

Central Florida

Another versatile midfielder, Creavalle is a candidate to be converted as an outside back, a strong need for RSL.

37

James Kiffe (DF)

UCSB

Instead of a central defender (Jermaine Taylor) filling in for Corey Ashe at left back when needed, what better than to have a left back by trade who gets up and down the line?

Brendan King (MF)

Notre Dame

With limited options on the flank after Danny Cruz's departure, Houston add an option who can play on either side and get good service off to the front line.

Ryan Meara (GK)

Fordham

In a light draft class for goalkeepers, Dynamo can grab a solid ‘keeper here in Meara to compete as a backup for Tally Hall.

38

Daniel Steres (DF)

San Diego State

A smart and athletic central defender who can learn behind Omar Gonzalez. Galaxy could use the depth. Steres’ ability in the air will make him a threat if David Beckham’s set pieces are part of the mix.

Emiliano Bonfigli (FW)

Manta FC (Ecuador)

If he shows well at the Combine, he could go higher but the Galaxy can take a chance on the young Argentinian if he's still around.

Shawn Singh (DF)

UCLA

Ironman Todd Dunivant has this spot locked down, but he can’t last forever and Singh is an attacking left back who played close by to the Galaxy the last four years.