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UPDATED: The latest MLSsoccer.com 2012 Mock Draft

The 2012 MLS SuperDraft is just days away (Thursday, 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 revised mock drafts for both rounds of the SuperDraft. Watch for a final update to the mock draft which will appear after the Combine on Wednesday.

GA = member of Generation adidas 

First Round

Pick Team Simon Borg Jason Saghini Travis Clark
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Chandler Hoffman (FW)

UCLA/GA [UP from #5]

The Alabama native projects to be the American version of Chicharito, and the Combine has confirmed it. Natural-born goal scorers are a rarity.

Darren Mattocks (FW)

Akron/GA [UNCHANGED]

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 [UNCHANGED]

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

2

 

Andrew Wenger (DF/MF)

Duke/GA [DOWN from #1]

The Generation adidas signing who is said to be the most complete soccer player in the SuperDraft falls to the Whitecaps, who pick up a starter.

Andrew Wenger (DF/MF)

Duke/GA [UNCHANGED]

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 [UNCHANGED]

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

3

      

Darren Mattocks (FW)

Akron/GA [UNCHANGED]

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

Chandler Hoffman (FW)

UCLA/GA [UNCHANGED]

Jay 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 Shalrie Joseph and Benny Feilhaber.

Chandler Hoffman (FW)

UCLA/GA [UP from #9]

The Revolution need help up top, and Hoffman is someone who just scores goals in and around the 18-yard box.

4

      

Andrew Jean-Baptiste (DF)

UConn/GA [UP FROM #12]

Toronto FC immediately address their back line needs, which they have made a priority heading into the SuperDraft.
 

Kelyn Rowe (MF)

UCLA/GA [UNCHANGED]

Center back is the need, but TFC won’t pass on a guy with Rowe's talent for a center back who would not be a guaranteed starter.

Andrew Jean-Baptiste (DF)

UConn/GA [UNCHANGED]

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

5

    

Kelyn Rowe (MF)

UCLA/GA [DOWN FROM #2]

Robin Fraser adds more quality to his midfield with a technical center mid who can also play wide. Rowe's vision and passing will help spark an attack that was sometimes dormant in 2011.

Nick DeLeon (MF)

Louisville [UNCHANGED]

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 Juan Pablo Ángel/Alejandro Moreno is a great start.

Luis Silva (MF)

UCSB [UP FROM #18]

A classy midfielder on the ball, Silva is a rare breed: an attacking midfielder from college with great size and skills.

6

Luis Silva (MF)

UCSB [DOWN FROM #4]

Frank Yallop will like Silva's size, technique and ability to thread the needle. He will add creativity to a team that struggled with it last year.

Enzo Martinez (MF)

UNC/GA [UNCHANGED]

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

Matt Hedges (DF)

UNC [UNCHANGED]

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

7

Casey Townsend (FW)

Maryland [UP FROM #15]

Hustling forward and solid finisher will chase down everything and make runs that will open spaces for Chris Pontius, Dwayne De Rosario and Andy Najar.

Casey Townsend (FW)

Maryland [UP FROM #20]

D.C. want a forward off whom De Rosario can play and Townsend fits the bill. An upgrade at left back is still a possibility, but expect Hunter Jumper to be taken over Tyler Polak.

Ethan Finlay (FW/MF)

Creighton [UP FROM #10]

In need of depth on the wings and up front, the versatile Finlay is an intriguing option who can play both positions and contribute right away.

8

Calum Mallace (MF)

Marquette [UNCHANGED]

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

Matt Hedges (DF)

UNC [UP FROM #13]

Center back depth is a big need with Horst out for five to seven months, and it is addressed first for Portland.

Austin Berry (DF)

Louisville [UNCHANGED]

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

9

Sam Garza (MF/FW)

UCSB/GA [UP FROM #11]

This is a team that could use depth at wide midfield if Marco Pappa is transferred or Patrick Nyarko is injured. Garza brings speed and skill.

Tony Cascio (FW)

UConn [UNCHANGED]

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

Tyler Polak (DF)

Creighton [UP FROM #13]

The Fire grab a left back for the future in Polak, a member of the Fire PDL side.

10

Ethan Finlay (FW/MF)

Creighton [UP FROM #19]

Can play either wing and gives Robert Warzycha the option of moving Eddie Gaven into central midfield if necessary.

Calum Mallace (MF)

Marquette [UNCHANGED]

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 Danny O'Rourke and Tony Tchani go down again.

Sam Garza (MF/FW)

UCSB/GA [UP FROM #11]

Needing width to help cope with the likely loss of Robbie Rogers and Emmanuel Ekpo, Garza provides an option on both flanks and brings good speed to the table.

11

Austin Berry (DF)

Louisville [UP FROM #22]

Schellas Hyndman takes the best athlete available among the central defender corps. As Zach Loyd showed, athleticism makes the transition to MLS that much easier.

Greg Jordan (MF)

Creighton [UNCHANGED]

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

Casey Townsend (FW)

Maryland [UP FROM #15]

FC Dallas did grab Blas Pérez recently, but this goal poacher extraordinaire would get onto the end of a number of chances the FCD midfield can create.

12

     

Tommy Meyer (DF)

Indiana [UP FROM #21]

Another defender for TFC, but this one is known for his playmaking abilities from the back. Different dimension from Andrew Jean-Baptiste.

Andrew Jean-Baptiste (DF)

UConn/GA [UNCHANGED]

Center back is still their biggest need, so 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 [UNCHANGED]

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

Chris Estridge (DF)

Indiana [UP FROM #16]

Peter Nowak loves players who are versatile and although he didn't enjoy a sparkling Combine, Estridge is two-footed and can man either flank.

Austin Berry (DF)

Louisville [UP FROM #28]

The Union were burned on set pieces in the playoffs and add defensive depth with a player referred to as an "animal in the air."

Kelyn Rowe (MF)

UCLA/GA [DOWN FROM #5]

Rowe slips down to the Union and joins the wealth of young attacking talent to provide another creative spark in the midfield.

14

Gienir Garcia (DF)

Cruz Azul [NEW]

A young left back who is experienced, savvy and whips in a nasty cross. Rapids have int'l slots to make this move early.

Sam Garza (FW)

UCSB/GA [UP FROM #15]

Hunter Freeman's signing makes left back a bit less of a worry, allowing Colorado to add a versatile wing option.

Tony Cascio (MF/FW)

UConn [UNCHANGED]

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

15

Babayele Sodade (FW)

UAB [NEW]

The big body at forward that the Sounders lost when Nate Jaqua was not retained. Sodade is an intriguing package of size, speed and athleticism. 
 

Ethan Finlay (FW)

Creighton [UP FROM #22]

Finlay's versatility in the attacking end adds valuable depth to a team that will play a lot of games in 2012.

Dom Dwyer (FW)

S. Florida/GA [DOWN FROM #3]

Dwyer’s game is built on speed, and if he’s available at this spot, Seattle would grab him in a heartbeat as he’ll be able to stretch the field.

16

Tyler Polak (DF)

Creighton/GA [DOWN FROM #7]

Serious, fiesty, no-nonsense left back who never gives up on a play and will soak up Peter Vermes' tutoring to learn the position.

Jason Banton (MF/FW)

Leicester City [UNCHANGED]

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 [UNCHANGED]

Another big, physical center back, Meyer provides another option for Vermes on the Sporting back line.

17

Nick DeLeon (MF)

Louisville [DOWN FROM #14]

After attempting to make a Home Grown claim on DeLeon, RSL see him fall into their lap during the draft. Could take over the left side of midfield, allowing Will Johnson to move to the opposite flank.

Aldo Paniagua (MF)

G. Caballero [UNCHANGED]

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 [UNCHANGED]

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

18

Hunter Jumper (DF)

Virginia [UP FROM #29]

A player with a great attitude gets to stay home in Texas, adding much-needed depth at left back for the Dynamo, where converted midfielder Corey Ashe mans the position.

Dom Dwyer (FW)

So. Florida/GA [UNCHANGED]

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

Enzo Martinez (MF)

UNC/GA [DOWN FROM #7]

A maestro on the ball, the Uruguayan attacker would be right at home at the top of the attacking diamond for Houston.

19

Aldo Paniagua (MF)

G. Caballero [UP FROM #25]

The experienced youngster from Paraguay takes the spot on the field held by Chris Birchall and fills the spot on the roster once held by Miguel López.

Luis Silva (MF)

UCSB [DOWN FROM #8]

One of the top rated prospects sees a Stefan Frei-like drop, but LA would be thrilled with it, opting to find defensive cover in international market.

Kirk Urso (MF)

UNC [UNCHANGED]

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
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Dom Dwyer (FW)

So. Fla/GA [DOWN FROM #10]

Jesse Marsch will like the Englishman's speed and feistiness up top, and he could make for an interesting partnership with Brian Ching.

Aaron Maund (DF)

Notre Dame [DOWN FROM #19]

The athletic defender adds another option to the evolving Montreal back line.

Kenney Walker (MF)

Louisville [UNCHANGED]

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

21

Evan James (MF)

UNC Charlotte [NEW]

Canadian winger has exhibited excellent technique, vision and speed at the Combine and will make a happy return North of the Border.

Tyler Polak (DF)

Creighton/GA [DOWN FROM #7]

Vancouver takes a Generation adidas prospect who can learn the intricacies of left back from the veteran Alain Rochat.

Miguel Ibarra (MF)

UC Irvine [UNCHANGED]

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

22

     

Enzo Martinez (MF)

UNC/GA [DOWN FROM #6]

International status and particular position on the field have him fall to the second round, where Jay Heaps can make use of him in a playmaking role.

Hunter Jumper (DF)

Virginia [DOWN FROM #14]

Heaps gets a second starter in two picks and solidifies a tough position to fill at left back.

Chris Estridge (DF)

Indiana [UNCHANGED]

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

23

Tony Cascio (MF/FW)

UConn [DOWN FROM #17]

Another wide midfielder for Chicago, which adds more insurance should Marco Pappa and Patrick Nyarko move on or suffer injuries.

Stefan Antonijevic (DF)

Valparaiso [UP FROM #27]

With a need for depth at center back, Frank Klopas takes a project with a lot of tools who could succeed Cory Gibbs.

Andrew Duran (DF)

Creighton [NEW]

A solid defender who can play in the middle and on the right, Duran injects more depth in the Fire’s back line.

24

Kohei Yamada (MF)

TheSpa Kusatsu [NEW]

Versatile midfielder brings speed, technique and a possession game that will fit Jason Kreis' system.

R.J. Allen (DF)

Monmouth [UNCHANGED]

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

R.J. Allen (DF)

Monmouth [DOWN FROM #23]

A fullback who gets forward well on the right side, Allen is a reliable option with the persona to fit in under Kreis.

25

Bryan Gaul (DF)

Bradley [NEW]

A team that is challenged for depth at center back can take a chance on a tall, left-footed player who has plenty of experience at left back in his career.

Colin Rolfe (FW)

Louisville [UNCHANGED]

Good pace and a rugged attitude are a welcome addition to a front line that can use some extra options.

Arthur Ivo (MF)

SMU [UNCHANGED]

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

Matt Hedges (DF)

UNC [UP FROM #32]

Crew will be shocked to see Hedges still available at No. 26 and will snap him up as a future prospect on a back line full of veterans.

Gienir Garcia (DF)

Cruz Azul [NEW]

Another option alongside Shaun Francis helps replace Josh Gardner.

Hunter Jumper (DF)

Virginia [UNCHANGED]

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

27

Andrew Duran (DF)

Creighton [NEW]

With Hedges off the board, Portland would do well to land Duran who showed he can play center back and right back at the Combine.

Tommy Meyer (DF)

Indiana [UP FROM #31]

A good head for the game and a good passer to pair with the more physical Portland backs. Gives John Spencer options.

Kevan George (MF)

Central Florida [UNCHANGED]

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

28

Nick Blake (DF)

UConn [NEW]

The Jamaican native will add a different dimension to the right back position for Chicago. He can run all day and chase down any attacker.

Bryan Gaul (DF/FW)

Bradley [DOWN FROM #23]

Expect the Fire to take a chance on Gaul and find a place for him somewhere on the field.

Luke Holmes (MF)

Akron [UNCHANGED]

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

Tony Walls (MF)

Wisc-GB [DOWN FROM #18]

Still searching for a steady holding midfielder and unsure about how Danny O'Rourke will hold up, Walls makes for a strong ball-winner who will dish to the more creative players. Can also play center back.

Michael Green (MF)

New Mexico [DOWN FROM #26]

Athletic two-way midfielder that can play in several areas and has great upside.

Andy Rose (MF)

UCLA [UP FROM #30]

The versatile defensive midfielder can also play as a center back. He reads the game very well and could contribute in no time.

30

Brendan King (MF)

Notre Dame [UP FROM #36]

An attack-minded midfielder who can play anywhere across the center of the field. He's two-footed and can spot any of the regulars at Sporting.

Andy Rose (MF/DF)

UCLA [UP FROM #34]

He'll add depth and linking ability in the middle of the field and could play center back if needed.

Kohei Yamada (MF)

TheSpa Kusatsu [NEW]

Thinking outside the box is common in KC, and Peter Vermes does just this by grabbing this intriguing attacker, who could be an option as either an attacking midfielder or on a wing of the 4-3-3.

31

Ryan Meara (GK)

Fordham [UNCHANGED]

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

Greg Klazura (DF)

Notre Dame [DOWN FROM #29]

A versatile left back option to spell Roy Miller and add some speed on the left side of the field.

Aaron Maund (DF)

Notre Dame [UNCHANGED]

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

Aaron Maund (DF)

Notre Dame [NEW]

An experienced defender at the youth international level who has the athleticism to play in MLS if pressed into action. Can also play right back.

Brendan King (MF)

Notre Dame [UP FROM #37]

Klazura's teammate follows him east to add depth to the wings in Philadelphia.

Gienir García (DF)

Cruz Azul [NEW]

The intriguing left back from Cruz Azul gives Peter Nowak another option to plug in at that spot.

33

Michael Green (MF)

New Mexico [UP FROM #35]

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

Tony Walls (DF/MF)

UW-Green Bay [UNCHANGED]

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

Colin Rolfe (FW)

Louisville [DOWN FROM #24]

Rolfe slipping down the draft provides the opportunity for the Earthquakes to pick up the experienced forward late in the day.

34

Eder Arreola (MF)

UCLA [UNCHANGED]

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

Lucky Mkosana (FW)

Dartmouth [UP FROM #36]

Smart passer who can combine well and will fit into Seattle's schemes, adding another speed option off the bench.

Jacob Hustedt (MF)

Washington [UNCHANGED]

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

Alec Purdie (MF)

Indiana [NEW]

Shapes up to be a great weapon off the bench on either wing. His quickness, speed and hard work allow him to make things happen. The Union will have to coach him to make better decisions.

Kirk Urso (MF)

UNC [UNCHANGED]

Adds a proven winner to spell Brian Carroll … if he ever needed a break.

Michael Green (MF)

New Mexico [UNCHANGED]

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

Greg Klazura (DF/MF)

Notre Dame [DOWN FROM #23]

Jason Kreis acquires a two-footed fullback who is fast, attack-minded and a feisty defender.

Babayele Sodade (FW)

UAB [NEW]

A big body and athleticism mean a lot of upside to develop behind Álvaro Saborío.

Warren Creavalle (DF/MF)

Central Florida [UNCHANGED]

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

37

Kevon George (MF)

Central Florida [NEW]

Dominic Kinnear adds cover at central midfield with a rangy, hard-tackling Trinidadian who evokes memories of Ricardo Clark.

Evan James (MF)

Charlotte [NEW]

Can replace Danny Cruz with a similar skill set that is a bit more refined. May lack the same motor and focus, though.

Ryan Meara (GK)

Fordham [UNCHANGED]

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

38

Daniel Steres (DF)

San Diego St. [UNCHANGED]

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

Lance Rozeboom (DF/MF)

New Mexico [NEW]

Versatile midfielder could find himself contributing on the right of LA's midfield at times.

Shawn Singh (DF)

UCLA [UNCHANGED]

Iron man 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 for the last four years.