The 2013 MLS SuperDraft is tomorrow, and Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy have three selections for this draft.
Before the View gives its mock draft, it would like to inform you that Juninho has officially signed to a multi-year contract with the Galaxy. He is no longer on loan from Sao Paulo. Sound the church bells. Also signing to a multi-year contract extension is Robbie Keane. Expect these two players to make a lot of noise in 2013, as they have the past two seasons.
With that, here’s the View from Avalon’s mock draft. (NOTE: Edited to include recent trades)
1. New England Revolution (via Toronto FC) – Walker Zimmerman (DF)
According to MLSSoccer.com, Toronto has traded their top pick, which means the Revs gets the services of Zimmerman, who is sure to add depth in the back.
2. Chivas USA – Carlos Alvarez (MF)
Already announced by El Chelis as their top selection.
3. Toronto FC – Kyle Bekker (MF)
Solid vision, technique and longer-range passing.
4. New England Revolution – Andrew Farrell (DF)
Strongest-performing defender at the combine. Will add depth behind Kevin Alston.
5. Vancouver Whitecaps – Eriq Zavaleta (DF/FW)
Versatility is the spice of life, and Zavaleta and Darren Mattocks are a potent combo for the Caps
6. Colorado Rapids – Mikey Lopez (MF)
Good comfort on the ball and workrate. Adds a spark to the midfield.
7. FC Dallas – Erik Hurtado (FW)
A very versatile attacker, adds depth on the wings.
8. Montreal Impact – Emery Welshman (FW)
Brings help at forward and is Canadian. Also adds a defensive streak.
9. Columbus Crew – Jason Johnson (FW)
Brings a lot of speed at the forward position, and speed kills.
10. Vancouver Whitecaps – Blake Smith (MF)
Will gets plenty of time as a rookie winger for Rennie’s Whitecaps.
11. Colorado Rapids – Kekuta Manseh (FW)
May be undersized now but has the capability to grow into his position as a forward with the Rapids.
12. Real Salt Lake – Devon Sandoval (FW)
A big forward that broke through at the MLS Combine this week. Brings depth behind Alvaro Saborio.
13. Houston Dynamo – Kory Kindle (DF)
A student of the game, Kindle is physical, fast, and a determined player. A great fit for Dom Kinnnear’s club.
14. Sporting Kansas City – John Stertzer (MF)
Will get plenty of first-team minutes in the midfield for Peter Vermes’s bunch.
15. San Jose Earthquakes – Taylor Kemp (DF)
This left back will also get plenty of playing time for the Quakes, who have a stacked schedule on their hands.
16. Seattle Sounders – Dylan Tucker-Gangnes (DF)
A local product, Tucker-Gangnes is a dependable defender that will ease right into the back line.
17. D.C. United – Dillon Powers (FW)
Was a bust at the Combine but will get a second look as part of Ben Olsen’s 4-2-3-1.
18. Montreal Impact – Ashton Bennett (FW)
Shined at the Combine and has great speed to make up for his lack of sides. Also a Canadian.
19. Los Angeles Galaxy – Ryan Clark (MF)
The next Tommy Meyer? A good left-footed player that can play left midfield, central midfield and left back. Just add one Bruce Arena, bake, cool, set and serve.
20. FC Dallas – Tommy Muller (DF)
Brings great timing and also brings great football savvy. Can fill in for a certain Ugo Ihemelu this season.
21. New England Revolution – Greg Cochrane (DF)
With Cochrane in the lineup, the Revs will have solid depth at left back.
22. New York Red Bulls – Donnie Smith (MF)
The Red Bulls are in need of depth at midfield, and Smith is one of the better crossers in this round.
23. New England Revolution – Michael Bustamante (DF)
Came into the Combine as a midfielder but left the Combine as a solid right back.
24. Los Angeles Galaxy – Ryan Hollingshead (MF)
Local product, from UCLA. Religious obligations dropped his stock, but he still falls into the Galaxy’s hands.
25. Colorado Rapids – Jose Gomez (MF)
Was a bust at the Combine, but Oscar Pareja is a manager that can turn the fortunes of Combine busts around.
26. Philadelphia Union – John Gallagher (DF)
Adds depth behind Gabriel Farfan and is effective on the 1-v-1s.
27. Montreal Impact – Luke Spencer (FW)
Great size and is good with the ball. A wise selection.
28. Columbus Crew – Jimmy Nealis (DF)
Able to overlap and combine either in possession or initiating an attack sequence. Brings options in the back.
29. Philadelphia Union – James Belshaw (GK)
An Englishman that did a wonderful job at the Combine and should be rewarded with an international roster spot.
30. Chicago Fire – Don Anding (FW)
Has the best speed and quickness of all the players available in the draft.
31. Real Salt Lake – Yazid Atouba (FW)
A Cameroonian international that will get a chance to show what he can do with RSL. Good speed and great footwork.
32. Montreal Impact – Kofi Opare (DF)
American citizenship and Canadian residency combine with polishable athletic ability equals another solid selection for Montreal.
33. San Jose Earthquakes – Eric Schoenle (DF)
Good in the air and will pair up well with Victor Bernardez.
34. San Jose Earthquakes – Jose Diaz (DF)
Back-to-back picks, and although Diaz has received interest from Liga MX clubs, this center back will be snapped up by the Quakes in the meantime.
35. Seattle Sounders – Kevin Durr (MF)
Can play with both feet and is a box-to-box midfielder. Also is an Air Force grad, so Durr brings proven leadership to the club.
36. New England Revolution – Joe Franco (DF)
Another defender snapped up for Franco, who will need some time to recover from his ACL injury.
37. Houston Dynamo – Eric Robertson (DF)
At 6-foot-3, Robertson bring height, quickness and ability in the air.
38. Los Angeles Galaxy – Evan Raynr (MF)
Another local product to round off the SuperDraft. A smart, technical and speedy winger that didn’t fare well in his senior year due to injury but is on the rebound and will get some minutes.