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

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

Andrew Farrell (DF)

Louisville / GA

If New England went out of their way to take this pick, it's because they want the phenom athlete. He'll spot Kevin Alston at right back and fill in at centerback when needed. We didn't see him at his sharpest in Combine.

(UP FROM NO. 4)

Andrew Farrell (DF)

Louisville / GA

Told you this one was going to get traded. The Revs have legit needs all over the backline, and Farrell’s versatility and athleticism make him the right pick for them.

Andrew Farrell (DF)

Louisville / GA

Prospect that offers too much to pass up and I don't see why the Revs would trade up to grab anyone else.

 

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

      

Walker Zimmerman (DF)

Furman / GA

The defender Toronto FC wanted all along. After a year of apprenticeship under Ryan Nelsen, Danny Califf and Darren O'Dea, he'll be ready to be a regular in 2014.

(DOWN FROM NO. 1)

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)

Walker Zimmerman (DF)

Furman / GA

With the knowledge that Alvarez would go 2nd to Chivas, Toronto was able to trade down and know they'd still get one of the top 2 centerback prospects in the draft.

(UP FROM NO. 4)

4

      

Kyle Bekker (DF)

Louisville / GA

Toronto was able to afford to trade down when they saw how good this player really was. With aging central midfield starters, Bekker will bring a lot of soccer to TFC.

(DOWN FROM NO. 3)

Walker Zimmerman (DF)

Furman / GA

Toronto get the best Canadian in the draft at No. 3, and they get an athletic, young central defender who doesn’t take up a roster spot at No. 4.

(UP FROM NO. 6)

 

Kyle Bekker (MF)

Boston College

Bekker was the top midfielder at the Combine and showed plenty of reasons why going this high would be validated.

 

(DOWN FROM NO. 3)

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

Mikey Lopez (MF)

North Carolina / GA

They traded Jeff Larentowicz and so they have to come away with Mikey Lopez. The holding mid will also have great teachers in ex-internationals Oscar Pareja, Wilmer Cabrera and Pablo Mastroeni.

(UP FROM NO. 10)

Mikey Lopez (MF)

North Carolina / GA

The Rapids desperately wanted one of the top three defenders, but fall a pick short here. Lopez is a great consolation prize at central midfield thanks to his comfort on the ball and workrate.

(UP FROM NO. 7)

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.

Erik Hurtado (FW)

Santa Clara

Dallas have said all preseason that they need depth on the wings, and that’s what Hurtado gives them. He can play either side, or as a second forward, and is physically ready from Day 1.

(UP FROM NO. 9)

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 attacking 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)

Deshorn Brown (FW)

Central Florida / GA

A quality young backup for Jairo Arrieta, Brown can run off of Federico Higuain all day long. He fights for the ball, stretches the defense and finds good looks in the final third.

(DOWN FROM NO. 4)

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

Devon Sandoval (FW)

New Mexico

With Mikey Lopez off the board and the inability to take Kekuta Manneh (they have a lone international spot remaining), Martin Rennie springs on the forward he does not have: the true target man.

(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

Erik Hurtado (FW)

Santa Clara

The perfect complement to Tony Cascio. With both those players on the wings in the 4-3-3, as dynamic and powerful as they are, the Rapids will be terrorizing back lines for a long time.

(DOWN FROM NO. 6)

Kekuta Manneh (FW)

Austin Aztex / GA

Maybe it’s a cop-out to stick with Manneh in this spot, but the Rapids have genuine need of speedy attackers to make the 4-3-3 work. The GA tag helps in this position.

Deshorn Brown (FW)

Central Florida / GA

The top GA forward prospect replaces Cummings's speed up top and offers Oscar Pareja another attacking option with no cap hit.

12

     

Kekuta Manneh (FW)

Austin Aztex / GA

RSL never thought that Vancouver would snag Sandoval that early, but they don't despair. A Generation adidas player with huge upside and great finishing ability could solve RSL's scoring issues for years to come.

(DOWN FROM NO. 11)

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

Dylan Tucker-Gangnes (DF)

Washington

With none of the GA attackers dropping to No. 15, the Earthquakes immediately address their most immediate need by picking the strongest central defender available.

(UP FROM NO. 16)

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

Jason Johnson (FW)

Virginia Comm. / GA

They don't have a forward like him: A speed merchant who can stretch defenses and create space for midfielders. He could prove an ideal complementary piece to Eddie Johnson. The salary budget relief helps.

(DOWN FROM NO. 15)

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)

Tommy Muller (DF)

Georgetown

With an attacker in the bag and Welshman or Bennett likely to fall to 27, so Montreal take the centerback who impressed at the Combine to start getting younger on the backline.

 

(UP FROM NO. 26)

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

A superbly technical central midfielder who could fit seamlessly in the skillful, passing game that Oscar Pareja is looking to implement in Colorado.

(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.

 

Ashton Bennett (FW)

Coastal Carolina

The Impact continue to get what they want out of the draft adding another attacking player with speed to the frontline.

(DOWN FROM NO. 18)

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 helped re-jigger 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. He'll push Zac MacMath.

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

Kofi Opare (DF)

Michigan

Chicago ensures the back line help it needs with a strong, physical ex-USA Under-20 defender who will not be intimidated in MLS.

(NEW)

Don Anding (FW)

Northeastern

It looks like the Fire could be in need of some depth on the wings sooner rather than later. They take a chance here on Anding, the draft’s quickest (and fastest) player.

(UP FROM NO. 35)

Kofi Opare (DF)

Michigan

The big centerback offers some depth to a team with only three true centerback options on the roster

(UP FROM NO. 32)

31

Chris Thomas (FW)

Elon

The team that struggled scoring in 2012 will come away with the top scorer in the collegiate ranks. He showed a Wondolowski-type opportunism in and around the box with some good back-to-goal technique that will come in handy in the absence of Alvaro Saborio.

(DOWN FROM NO. 30)

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)

Dylan Remick (DF)

Brown

Montreal adds a needed option at left back to compete with Dennis Iapichino.

 

(DOWN FROM NO. 30)

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

Ian Christianson (MF)

Georgetown

The tall midfielder with the smooth touch bolsters the Quakes' central midfield corps. Will need to have the tough, hard-working, two-way spirit of the Quakes drilled into him.

(NEW)

 

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.

Jossimar Sanchez (MF)

Connecticut

The Sounders are two deep at defensive midfield, but that could get thin in a hurry if a Godfather offer comes in for Ozzie Alonso. Sanchez is smart cover at the position.

(DOWN FROM NO. 30)

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)

Fernando Monge (MF/FW)

Georgetown

A versatile attacking player falling to the bottom of the draft and the Galaxy won't let him fall any further.

(NEW)