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UPDATED: MLSsoccer.com Mock Draft after Combine Day 1

The 2013 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas is less than a week away (Thursday, Jan. 17, at noon ET) and our draft experts – Simon Borg, Jason Saghini and Matthew Doyle – have updated their mock drafts after MatchDay 1 at the Combine on Friday. Stay tuned for the next update on Monday, following the second afternoon of doubleheaders. 

GA = member of Generation adidas 

First Round

Pick Team Simon Borg Matt Doyle Jason Saghini
1

Walker Zimmerman (DF)

Furman / GA

Andrew Farrell has enjoyed a great start to the Combine, while Zimmerman is not there. But the upside and leadership qualities still make Zimmerman the first choice for new manager Ryan Nelsen.

Andrew Farrell (DF)

Louisville / GA

Stood out on Day 1, dominating physically, reading the game well and making a few good plays with his feet. Came off as humble and coachable afterward. Another performance like this and he's probably a lock at this spot.

Andrew Farrell (DF)

Louisville / GA

I might dance back and forth on this for a while, but Farrell's versatility and humility has me bumping him back up to No. 1 on my list over Walker Zimmerman.

(UP FROM NO. 4)

2

 

Carlos Alvarez (MF)

Connecticut

Chelís will have surely enjoyed what he saw from the playmaker after Day 1. The fact that Alvarez is from East LA and the son of an ex-Chivas Guadalajara player with Mexican blood is a bonus.

Mikey Lopez (MF)

North Carolina / GA

Alvarez was really, really good out there on Day 1, but so was Lopez. He's built for the free-flowing, possession-based game that Chelis wants to play, and the fact that he's a GA puts him over the top.

Mikey Lopez (MF)

North Carolina / GA

Still a bit of a puzzle here. Trading down in Round 1 might make more sense for Chivas if they can find any takers.

 

3

      

Andrew Farrell (DF)

Louisville / GA

Farrell's dominating athleticism was on show for all to see on Friday. Those physical qualities will make him versatile and useful to Nelsen as he builds a new tough-minded, hard-nosed TFC.

Walker Zimmerman (DF)

Furman / GA

Honestly, I think TFC trades this pick for a proven veteran midfielder. They need help there too badly, and there are a bunch of teams who covet Zimmerman.

Kyle Bekker (MF)

Boston College

Another pick that is dangling as trade bait, but the Chivas USA pick will factor in here. If Toronto keep it, they get a quality Canadian midfielder with versatility.

4

      

Ryan Finley (FW)

Notre Dame

We didn't see Finley, who was involved in the Hermann Trophy ceremony on Friday. But the Revs need a forward who has the mentality to step in right away if needed. Finley has it.

Deshorn Brown (FW)

Central Florida / GA

Had the rep of being a one-trick pony (speed, speed, speed). Showed that, but also bodied up to Farrell and held his own. He's got real toughness and strength.

(UP FROM NO. 6)

Walker Zimmerman (DF)

Furman / GA

Heaps would be happy to grab either of the top center backs in the draft and he has the time to groom Zimmerman into Soares' partner for years to come.

(DOWN FROM NO. 1)

5

    

Eriq Zavaleta (FW)

Indiana / GA

Zavaleta showed that the amazing touch and finesse that he has as a 6-foot-1 forward are the real deal. Given the Whitecaps' current forward group, his expert hold-up play would fit in nicely.

(UP FROM NO. 8)

Eriq Zavaleta (DF/FW)

Indiana / GA

It always feels nice to agree with Simon, even though it happens so infrequently. Zavaleta is born to be a No. 9 who takes a beating on the ball but still makes plays. Created both his team's goals and helped Alvarez shine.

Dillon Powers (MF)

Notre Dame

Between Eriq Zavaleta and Dillon Powers, they go with the bigger need which is midfield depth.

 

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 showed on Friday why he's a perfect 4-3-3 fit.

(UP FROM NO. 22)

Jason Johnson (FW)

Virginia Commonwealth / GA

Looked frustrated and kind of lost on the wing, which is disappointing since he seems to have the skillset for that spot – especially in a 4-3-3. Want to see him get a chance at center forward on Sunday or Tuesday.

(DOWN FROM NO. 4)

Eriq Zavaleta (FW)

Indiana / GA

As good as he looked as a forward on Day 1 of the Combine, I don't think Colorado can pass him up as a center back, where they are too thin.

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 they'll get it with Brown.

John Stertzer (MF)

Maryland

Probably the day's best player. Stertzer comes from a program that plays a pretty static midfield, but spent the day in a 4-3-3 interchanging with Lopez and Alex Isern, and did it beautifully.

(UP FROM NO. 14)

Kekuta Manneh (FW)

Austin Aztex / GA

Showed flashes on Day 1 of that Combine of exactly what makes him special. Might not be as far off from contributing as once believed.

8

Emery Welshman (FW)

Oregon State

The impact are desperate for forward help. With few American or Canadian goal-scorers (the Impact have their full allotment of internationals), they have to snap up the dynamic Welshman.

(UP FROM NO. 10)

Ashton Bennett (FW)

Coastal Carolina

Scored a very clever goal, made a bunch of clever runs, and proved pretty hard to knock off the ball. Probably should have had two, but I'm not going to hold that against him.

Erik Hurtado (FW)

Santa Clara

Montreal need a speed option up front and they need to conserve international slots, so they take the bull that is Erik Hurtado.

(UP FROM NO. 11)

9

Jason Johnson (FW)

Virginia Comm. / GA

This player is more comfortable in the 4-4-2 that the Crew use than he is in the 4-3-3. He struggled to impact the match as a wide forward and would be better off playing alongside the less pacey Jairo Arrieta.

(DOWN FROM NO. 6)

Carlos Alvarez (MF)

Connecticut

Showed toughness battling for the ball in midfield. Showed his final third quality with a goal and an assist as well. He'll need to keep scoring to become a starter in MLS.

Jason Johnson (FW)

Virginia Comm. / GA

Jamaican speedster gives head coach Robert Warzycha a change of pace option that might remind Crew fans of a young Jeff Cunningham.

(DOWN FROM NO. 8)

10

Kyle Bekker (MF)

Boston College

Can potentially become the next Barry Robson with some more seasoning. Midfielder showed he can deliver a great set piece on Friday.

(DOWN FROM NO. 5)

Blake Smith (MF)

New Mexico

Quite possibly the day's most disappointing player, but I'm not ready to drop him just yet. He has too many tools that will translate to just give up on him after one no-show at the Combine.

Blake Smith (MF)

New Mexico

A perfect cog in a 4-3-3, Blake Smith adds another option to a potent attack for Rennie.

(UP FROM NO. 17)

11

Kekuta Manneh (FW)

Austin Aztex / GA

The 18-year-old Gambian forward showed a fearless temperament. He can grow quickly as part of the experienced squad Frank Klopas has assembled.

Kekuta Manneh (FW)

Austin Aztex / GA

Was lucky to be on the field after a two-footed tackle on Stertzer that should have been straight red. Showed creativity and speed in the attack, finished a nice goal and all in his first game of any sort since last summer.

Carlos Alvarez (MF)

Connecticut

A true right back would be nice, but this isn't the draft for it so the most talented attacker on the board will do.

(UP FROM NO. 16)

12

     

Mikey Lopez (MF)

North Carolina / GA

Real Salt Lake hope to make some big salary moves so this off-budget Generation adidas player helps. But he's also smart, feisty, tactically aware and humble enough to be a good fit at RSL.

(DOWN FROM NO. 9)

Ryan Finley (FW)

Notre Dame

Got jobbed out of the Hermann Trophy on Friday night, which means he'll come to the Combine with something to prove on Sunday. If he shows he can both score and hold the ball up, he won't drop further than this.

Deshorn Brown (FW)

Central Florida / GA

I know, it's doesn't feel right to me either, but a Generation adidas forward drops to No. 12 and I'm not sure RSL can pass on it.

(DOWN FROM NO. 10)

13

Kory Kindle (DF)

(CSU Bakersfield)

Sensational athlete. Immediately leaves a mark when he comes into the match. His leaping ability makes him another dangerous aerial weapon for the Dynamo.

(UP FROM NO. 19)

Dylan Tucker-Gangnes (DF)

Washington

Looked strong in the air, which was expected. But he also looked quicker on the turn than I thought he'd be, and was confident in distribution. Don't see how Houston passes on him.

(UP FROM NO. 16)

Tommy Muller (DF)

Georgetown

With Hainault out in Houston, center back is the biggest need and left back option can wait.

 

(UP FROM NO. 26)

14

Dillon Powers (MF)

Notre Dame

Had a great goal and a set-piece assist in the first match. Showed the personality, strength, work ethic and skill to be a Sporting KC midfielder.

Dillon Powers (MF)

Notre Dame

Scored a great goal, served in a few beautiful free kicks – including one that turned into an assist. But gave away a ton of balls in midfield by trying to be too clever. Day 1 jitters, maybe?

(DOWN FROM NO. 7)

John Stertzer (MF)

Maryland

If Stertzer makes it this far in the draft I don't see any way he slips by Sporting KC.

 

15

Taylor Kemp (DF)

Maryland

Showed personality, great technique and solid industry in his first Combine performance. His quality crosses could make for a perfect combination with Quakes' aerial threats in attack. Good alternative to Justin Morrow.

(UP FROM NO. 18)

Eric Schoenle (DF)

West Virginia

Had a few rough moments getting turned by Zavaleta, but overall was pretty solid. He'll need to add strength, but that can happen over time in the weight room.

(DOWN FROM NO. 13)

Taylor Kemp (DF)

Maryland

While I could see San Jose going with a higher-upside pick like Kory Kindle, Kemp is more ready to pick up key minutes in a busy season.

16

Dylan Tucker-Gangnes (DF)

Washington

He arguably emerged as the second-best center back in Matchday 1 at the Combine (behind Andrew Farrell). Sounders immediately address center back depth here.

Tommy Muller (DF)

Washington

Struggled in the air a bit, and had a poor clearance that led to Stertzer's goal. Still a quality prospect, but he's slipped behind Schoenle and Tucker-Gangnes for me.

(DOWN FROM NO. 15)

Dylan Tucker-Gangnes (DF)

Washington

Top center back on the board makes sense at this point without any other must-have prospect at this point in the draft (although Finley's goal-scoring prowess will be tough to pass up).

(UP FROM NO. 28)

17

Jimmy Nealis (DF)

Georgetown

Didn't enjoy the best first day as his AdiPure team struggled. That does not erase a skill set that Ben Olsen and D.C. United can definitely work with.

Jimmy Nealis (DF)

Georgetown

Pretty much nobody on the defensive side of the ball looked good for adiPure. But Nealis still fills a need and has the tools pro teams look for in a left back.

Ryan Finley (FW)

Notre Dame

Even if they had two Rafaels, D.C. doesn't pass up a goal-scorer like Finley at pick No. 17.

(DOWN FROM NO. 9)

18

John Stertzer (MF)

Maryland

One of the standouts on Friday, showing his best attributes with the help of quality midfielders around him. His technique and vision will have impressed the Impact staff.

(UP FROM NO. 26)

Kyle Bekker (MF)

Boston College

This might be as low as he could possibly drop. Calm and composed in central midfield, and an advanced soccer brain as well. Still question his defensive range, but that's about it.

Emery Welshman (FW)

Oregon State

Didn't do himself favors in Day 1 at the Combine, but his resume is plastered with speed and he's another solid addition to Impact attack.

19

Ryan Clark (MF)

Monmouth

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

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Erik Hurtado (FW)

Santa Clara

Had a knack for finding good spots in attack, and showed both impressive speed and quickness. Rarely made the right choice with his passes, but he'll fit nicely for the Galaxy if he drops this far.

Kory Kindle (DF)

CSU Bakersfield

With Dunivant set at left back for LA, Kindle can come in and develop the defensive side of his game, but it will be tough to keep him off the field for long.

(UP FROM NO. 23)

 

Second Round

Pick Team Simon Borg Matt Doyle Jason Saghini
20

Greg Cochrane (DF)

Louisville

Great initiative, dynamic and tireless at left back in Matchday 1. Has a solid foundation to kick off an MLS career.

(UP FROM NO. 34)

Greg Cochrane (DF)

Louisville

Played both left and right back on the day. Clearly better at left back, and clearly has both the vision and athleticism to make it in MLS.

Devon Sandoval (FW)

New Mexico

A left back might be the target here, but a second string to Blas Perez might be more appealing if Hyndman is really thinking about the 4-4-2.

21

Dylan Remick (DF)

Brown

Athleticism is his strength. He can add a brand new dimension to Revs' left back position. They won't pass him up. If LA take Remick at No. 19, Revs snap up Clark.

Taylor Kemp (DF)

Maryland

Looks like he's recovered from the injuries that plagued him during his senior year. Was good – as expected – on the overlap and in possession, but showed quickness and strength defending 1-v-1 as well.

(UP FROM NO. 28)

Jimmy Nealis (DF)

Georgetown

Tyler Polak might be the answer at some point, but if not Heaps should be stocking up on options.

(DOWN FROM NO. 13)

22

     

Blake Smith (MF)

New Mexico

The Red Bulls midfield is short on technical, left-footed players. Although Loyd Sam has played out left as an inverted winger, they won't miss the chance to land one of the two left-footed Smiths available.

(DOWN FROM NO. 12)

Donnie Smith (MF)

UNC Charlotte

A true wing threat who never stopped giving everything even when his team was being pummelled. Showed some game at left back as well, which is welcome versatility.

(UP FROM NO. 23)

Donnie Smith (MF)

UNC Charlotte

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

 

(DOWN FROM NO. 19)

23

Don Anding (FW)

Northeastern

We didn't see too much of him on Friday. But in the little we did see, the blazing speed, technique and combination skills were on display.

Dylan Remick (DF)

Brown

Played central defense, where he looked comfortable despite being a natural left back. Will need to add strength for MLS regardless of which spot he plays.

(UP FROM NO. 26)

Marc Cintron (MF)

Providence

Cintron could end up anywhere on the right side of the field or up top, but the talent is there to push for playing time in his rookie year.

(DOWN FROM NO. 21)

24

Donnie Smith (MF)

UNC Charlotte

Most active and enterprising player for an AdiPure team that suffered an ugly 4-0 loss. He's a left-footed winger the Galaxy haven't had. A new option for Arena.

Ryan Hollingshead (MF)

UCLA

His religious mission may keep him away from the game until summer. The Galaxy can afford to wait, especially for a second round pick.

Ryan Hollingshead (MF)

UCLA

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

(DOWN FROM NO. 12)

25

Andrew Quintana (DF)

Central Florida

He's not at the Combine, but by all accounts he's an expert player. Though a little undersized for a center back, he can play right back. And just flat out play.

Jose Gomez (MF)

Creighton

We'll get to see him in action on Sunday. A strong performance then could vault him into the first round.

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 player who can defend and deliver a good cross.

(UP FROM NO. 31)

John Gallagher (DF)

Penn St.

Physically he's an animal who gets into his man and doesn't give an inch. Quickness and defensive instincts won't be a question. Showed well in possession, but didn't do much on the overlap.

(UP FROM NO. 29)

Eric Schoenle (DF)

West Virginia

Some depth at center back is needed as Valdes is reportedly on his way out. Schoenle is the best on the board at this point.

(UP FROM NO. 32)

27

Ashton Bennett (FW)

Coastal Carolina

He has a Canadian passport, but more importantly he backed up the scouting reports raving about his speed and his runs. His pace can be a complement to what Marco Di Vaio and Andrew Wenger offer.

Kofe Opare (DF)

Michigan

Well, we know he can defend 1-v-1 pretty well. Handled Zavaleta nicely in the first half, then took a seat and watched for the second. He'll need time to develop, but that's what second round picks are for.

Greg Cochrane (DF)

Louisville

Tough decision between Remick and Cochrane, but the versatility of Cochrane on the left side pushes him to the forefront for the Impact.

28

Tommy Muller (DF)

Georgetown

The Crew are not exactly deep along the back line. Muller, though undersized, can serve at center back and right back and is excellent with his feet. Great find at this juncture of the draft.

(UP FROM NO. 36)

Kory Kindle (DF)

CSU Bakersfield

After Cochrane he was the second most athletic fullback out there on the day, but always seemed to be scrambling defensively.

(DOWN FROM NO. 21)

Dylan Remick (DF)

Brown

The Crew may be looking on the international market for a left back, but Remick falling to them at No. 28 is too good to pass up.

(DOWN FROM NO. 24)

29

James Belshaw (GK)

Duke

Englishman stood out 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.

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Emery Welshman (FW)

Oregon St.

Looked comfortable playing wide in the 4-3-3, and probably should have finished off a couple of his chances. Maybe a wide midfielder at the MLS level.

(UP FROM NO. 33)

Sean Peckham (MF)

Lafayette

No secret to the Union after captaining Reading United AC in the PDL and starring for Lafayette up the Turnpike.

(DOWN FROM NO. 22)

30

Jose Gomez (MF)

Creighton

Rapids take a chance on a talented No. 10 player and see if they can help him find the consistency to be an MLS player.

Jossimar Sanchez (MF)

Connecticut

The lack of quality d-mids on display in Day 1 can only help Sanchez's prospects. He'll be a pro, and the Rapids have a legit need for depth at that spot.

John Gallagher (DF)

Penn State

Adding an option at left back should be key for Colorado at some point in the draft and Gallagher is an exciting prospect.

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31

Chris Thomas (FW)

Elon

The nation's leading scorer knows where to be around the box and showed good instincts and movements on Matchday 1. Goal- hungry RSL could give him a long look here.

(NEW)

Devon Sandoval (FW)

New Mexico

We're hearing he could go higher than this, but I want to see him again before I commit. I'll say this for the kid: He knows his role and is willing to play it.

(UP FROM NO. 35)

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.

(DOWN FROM NO. 29)

32

Kofi Opare (DF)

Michigan

Impact take on a center back project. The Canadian resident has better fitness and size than anyone left. Soccer skills are a question mark, but alongside the likes of Nesta and Ferrari, he won't have to overdo it.

(NEW)

Paolo DelPiccolo (MF)

Louisville

Even if he signs with Eintract Frankfurt he's worth spending a second round pick on. Wish we could have seen him at the Combine, though.

Ian Christianson (MF)

Georgetown

Another option in the holding midfield wouldn't hurt and Christianson would be a solid pickup at this point in the draft.

(UP FROM NO. 37)

33

Eric Schoenle (DF)

West Virginia

The questions about Schoenle's slight frame persist after Matchday 1, but he wasn't one of the best defenders in college for nothing. His ability in the air makes him to good to pass up here.

(DOWN FROM NO. 13)

Will Bates (FW)

Virginia

Miscast as a right midfielder in a 4-2-3-1, he nonetheless created a fair amount of danger and showed good quickness despite his thick frame. Ideal guy to have learning under Alan Gordon and Steven Lenhart.

(UP FROM NO. 36)

Andrew Ribeiro (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.

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.

(DOWN FROM NO. 15)

 

Ian Christianson (MF)

Georgetown

Showed he's not a true d-mid on Day 1 – which is fine, because everybody knew he's not a true d-mid. His ability to switch play is MLS-ready, and he should be a good backup to Rafael Baca.

Kofi Opare (DF)

Michigan

A team willing to take a chance on developing an unfinished product could end up with a gem.

 

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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.

Ben Fisk (DF)

Washington

Split time between midfield and right back, and had his struggles. But he's the type of guy Sigi Schmid keeps around a develops for a few years before giving him big minutes.

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Michael Bustamante (DF/MF)

Boston University

A capable midfielder and an intriguing prospect as a right back can find a spot on Seattle's roster.

(NEW)

36

Drew Beckie (DF)

Denver

Athletic right back to provide cover for Kevin Alston. Canadian can run all day up and down the right side, making defending his primary responsibility.

(UP FROM NO. 37)

Michael Bustamante (DF)

Boston University

His play at right back in a draft weak at that spot opened some eyes. Served in an inch-perfect cross, comined well in possession and – most importantly – didn't look out of his depth athletically.

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Joe Franco (DF)

CSU Northridge

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

(UP FROM NO. 38)

37

Eric Robertson (DF)

Brown

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

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Anthony Arena (DF)

Wake Forest

The Dynamo get cover for central defense and left back, both of which are needs with their huge schedule this season.

Paolo DelPiccolo (MF)

Louisville

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

(DOWN FROM NO. 30)

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.

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Jacob Barron (MF)

Penn State

The Galaxy loaded up with wide players earlier in the draft, but go with a guy who'll sit centrally and shield the backline with the final pick.

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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