The Final SBI 2015 MLS Mock Draft

The Final SBI 2015 MLS Mock Draft

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The Final SBI 2015 MLS Mock Draft

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Christian Roldan Matt Polster MLS Combine

 

By IVES GALARCEP

The 2015 MLS Draft kicks off on Thursday in Philadelphia and while it is never a good idea to try and predict how the draft will go, we will try to do just that with our final crack at an MLS Mock Draft.

The final edition of the SBI 2015 MLS Mock Draft has plenty of changes from the previous edition, with several coaches and general managers and scouts providing us with insight and feedback after the conclusion of the MLS Combine.

The overall consensus is that this year’s draft boasts a strong crop of central defenders, as well as a good number of viable left backs. An area where coaches were pleasantly surprised at the Combine is in central midfield, where some gems emerged down in Florida.

Here is the latest SBI 2015 MLS Mock Draft:

SBI 2015 MLS MOCK DRAFT (Version. 3.0)

1. ORLANDO CITY- Cyle Larin, Forward, UConn

Though they could entertain trade offers from the likes of Toronto FC and Montreal, Orlando City is likely to grab Larin if they keep the top spot.

2. NEW YORK CITY FC- Cristian Roldan, Central Midfielder, Washington

Jason Kreis loves possession-style soccer and highly-technical midfielders, and has said he wants to draft a player who he can spend time grooming. Roldan fits that mold. Now, if NYCFC passes on Roldan, he could wind up slipping several picks given the teams picking after NYCFC.

3. MONTREAL IMPACT- Romario Williams, Forward, Central Florida

The Impact will likely generate some trade offers from teams interested in grabbing Khiry Shelton at this spot, but if they stand pat, they could grab the young Jamaican forward Williams, who showed improvement through the MLS Combine, and boasts a good combination of size, speed and attacking quality.

4. SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES- Khiry Shelton, Forward, Oregon State

Dom Kinnear has added some pieces to his new team’s defense, and can use this pick to focus on attack. Shelton is a player with bags of potential, but is not quite the finished product yet. He can play as a forward or winger, and is extremely mobile for his size. Kinnear could also grab Nick Besler with this pick

5. PORTLAND TIMBERS- Nick Besler, Central Midfielder, Notre Dame

Without any glaring needs, the Timbers have the luxury of going for the best available player. Besler is a polished central midfielder who is skilled enough to play in a variety of positions, though if Shelton falls to the Timbers, they will pounce.

6. TORONTO FC- Alex Bono, Goalkeeper, Syracuse

With three first round picks, TFC could choose to trade up to grab Larin. If they stand pat, look for them to grab Bono, who gives them a goalkeeper for the future and the cap relief that comes with a Generation adidas player.

7. CHICAGO FIRE- Otis Earle, Left Back, UC Riverside

Though the Fire signed an exciting left back Jovein Jones, his status as a Trinidad and Tobago international means Frank Yallop can go for depth by grabbing the best fullback in the draft. Earle is fast, looks good in the attack and has all the makings of an eventual starter in MLS.

8. HOUSTON DYNAMO- Dzenan Catic, Forward, Davenport (NAIA)

Owen Coyle could be tempted to pick from the deep crop of central defenders, but don’t be surprised if he grabs an exciting forward who caught his eye at the MLS Combine. Catic is mobile, tall and fearless in the final third. Catic looked as close to a pro-ready attacker as there was at the Combine.

9. TORONTO FC- Fatai Alashe, Defensive Midfielder, Michigan State

With Bono selected earlier and Michigan State Jay Chapman set to sign a Homegrown Player deal, TFC could choose to trade down from this spot. If they don’t, they could reunite Chapman with college teammate Fatai Alashe, one of the best defensive midfield prospects in the draft.

10. SPORTING KANSAS CITY- Tim Parker, Central Defender, St. John’s

Sporting KC learned a valuable lesson about how important centerback depth is a year ago as injuries decimated their backline. Peter Vermes can add a strong, mature and athletic defender in Parker who impressed scouts with his steady play at the Combine.

11. TORONTO FC- Connor Hallisey, Left Wing, California

Greg Vanney knows all too well how important good left sided players can be, and grabs the best left winger in the draft and a player skilled enough to contribute in year one with his excellent service and quickness on the flank.

12. SPORTING KANSAS CITY- Andy Thoma, Left Back, Washington

Defensive depth is once again on the menu for Sporting KC, and Thoma helps provide depth at left back. Despite a quiet MLS Combine, Thoma is still regarded as one of the best fullbacks in the draft.

13. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS- Conor Donovan, Central Defender, NC State

Well-known for their collection of young attacking talents, the Whitecaps can add a promising young defender to the squad in Donovan, the U.S. U-20 centerback.

14. COLUMBUS CREW – Axel Sjoberg, Central Defender, Marquette

After addressing attacking needs in the offseason, the Crew can focus on adding defensive depth in this draft. Sjoberg is a 6-foot-7 centerback that reads the game well, is dominant in the air and could fit well in Gregg Berhalter’s system.

15. FC DALLAS- Miguel Aguilar, Right Winger/Forward, San Francisco

Though he could use depth in central defense, Oscar Pareja has shown a keen eye for attacking talent in the draft. His next gem could be Aguilar, an exciting forward who impressed at the MLS Combine with his technical quality, tenacity and ability to go at defenders.

16. REAL SALT LAKE- Dan Metzger, Central Midfielder, Maryland

Having lost several key starters in the offseason, RSL finds itself with a few different positions of need. Metzger can help provide some needed depth in the midfield. RSL could also reach for San Diego left back Connor Brandt as a replacement for Chris Wingert.

17. D.C. UNITED- Eric Bird, Central Midfielder, Virginia

Though the Eastern Conference regular season champions can use a forward, look for Ben Olsen to grab NCAA champion Bird, who could provide skill and passing vision in central midfield.

18. NEW YORK RED BULLS- Leo Stolz, Central Midfield, UCLA

Before concerns about him choosing to go to Europe, Stolz was a top-five rated talent in this draft. Contract talks fell apart after Stolz attempted to dictate where he would be drafted. His lack of an MLS senior contract could scare teams off, but the Red Bulls are a team he wants to play for and he would be an absolute steal at this pick.

19. COLORADO RAPIDS-Aaron Simmons, Central Defender, UCLA

The Rapids defense was an absolute mess in 2014 and, after losing Marvell Wynne, the Rapids turn to another athletic UCLA product in Simmons, who could step in and play at centerback and also provide depth at defensive midfield.

20. SPORTING KANSAS CITY- Zach Steinberger, Central Midfielder, Butler

Sporting KC has several options at this pick, such as midfielder Matt Polster and left back Connor Brandt if they don’t address those positions earlier. Steinberger was very impressive at the Combine and excelled in PDL as an effective forward with a good motor.

21. LOS ANGELES GALAXY- Andy Craven, Forward, North Carolina

The defending champions don’t need much, but a pacey forward option like Craven could be useful off the bench. If Stolz isn’t taken by now, look for the Galaxy to jump on it.

SECOND ROUND

22. ORLANDO CITY- Ramon Martin Del Campo, Central Defender, UC-Davis

23. NYCFC- Connor Brandt, Left Back, San Diego

24. PORTLAND TIMBERS- Ignacio Maganto, Central Midfielder, Iona

25. ORLANDO CITY- Matt Polster, Central Midfield, SIU- Edwardsville

26. COLORADO RAPIDS- Akeil Barrett, Left Wing, Tulsa

27. SEATTLE SOUNDERS- Oumar Ballo, Central Defender, UMBC

28. CHICAGO FIRE- Sergio Campbell, Central Defender, UConn

29. TORONTO FC- Daniel Keller, Central Defender, Louisville

30. SPORTING KC- Boyd Okwuonu, Right Back, North Carolina

31. PHILADELPHIA UNION- Anthony Manning, Central Defender, Saint Louis

32. PORTLAND TIMBERS- Oniel Fisher, Right Back, New Mexico

33. NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION- Robbie Lovejoy, Forward, North Carolina

34. PORTLAND TIMBERS-  Cameron Iwasa, Forward, UC-Irvine

35. COLUMBUS CREW- Sagi Lev-Ari, Forward, Cal-State Northridge

36. HOUSTON DYNAMO- James Rogers, Right Winger, New Mexico 

37. TORONTO FC- Luke Mishu, Right Back, Notre Dame

38. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS- Wes Charpie, Right Back, South Florida

39. NEW YORK RED BULLS- Cameron Porter, Forward, Princeton

40. SEATTLE SOUNDERS- Saad Abdul-Salaam, Right Back, Akron

41. PHILADELPHIA UNION-Andrew Wolverton, Goalkeeper, Penn State

42. D.C. UNITED- Spencer Richey, Goalkeeper, Washington

THIRD ROUND

43. ORLANDO CITY – Andrew Bevin, Forward, West Virginia

44. NYCFC -Emeka Onyonye, Central Defender, Wright State

45. MONTREAL IMPACT – Skyler Thomas, Central Defender, Syracuse 

46. SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES -Stefano Bonomo, Forward, California

47. NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION – Seth Casiple, Midfielder, California

48. SEATTLE SOUNDERS – Jose Ribas, Left Back, Creighton 

49. HOUSTON DYNAMO – Janeil Hoilett, Forward/Midfielder, Youth International

50. TORONTO FC – Jordan Murrell, Left Back, Syracuse

51. PHILADELPHIA UNION – Sal Bernal, Forward, UNLV

52. PORTLAND TIMBERS – Marc Fenelus, Forward, Cal-State Fullerton

53. SPORTING KC – Tyler Engel, Forward, North Carolina

54. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS – Will Seymore, Central Defender, Oregon State

55. COLUMBUS CREW – Shawn McLaws, Right Back, Coastal Carolina

56. FC DALLAS – Tyler Arnone, Central Midfielder, Michigan

57. REAL SALT LAKE – Nick Miele, Central Defender, New Mexico

58. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS – Craig Nitti, Central Defender, Loyola Marymount 

59. NEW YORK RED BULLS – Nikola Paunic, Central Defender, South Florida 

60. COLUMBUS CREW – Adria Beso Marco, Central Midfielder, UConn

61. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS – Zach Bateer, Forward, Stanford

62. LA GALAXY – Duke Lacroix, Forward/Winger, Penn

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