We get set for the 2016 MLS SuperDraft on Thursday with The Stoppage Time’s Mock Draft. This mock draft covers the first round of the SuperDraft, which will take place at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET live and direct from the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland. The live blog of the SuperDraft takes place at 7 a.m. PT/10 a.m. ET on The Stoppage Time.
1. Chicago Fire: Joshua Yaro, CB (Georgetown – GA)
Able starter, should get extensive playing time but may be traded away.
2. Colorado Rapids: Brandon Vincent, LB (Stanford)
Capable left back and a College Cup winner. Also possibly traded due to a need for competent attackers.
3. Philadelphia Union: Abu Danladi, F (UCLA)
Remember this guy, LA Galaxy II fans? He scored on you in the U.S. Open Cup. And now, his skills will finally pay off as a member of the Union. Only catch is that Danladi did not sign a Generation Adidas contract.
4. New York City FC: Jack Harrison, MF (Wake Forest – GA)
Surgery? What surgery? Jack Harrison, the Englishman, is ready to go as a central midfielder or winger. Harrison is the youngest player available for selection and should get ample time for City.
5. Real Salt Lake: Omar Holness, MF (North Carolina – GA)
Used on the wing at the MLS Combine, Holness provides excellent flexibility but shines as a box-to-box No. 8.
6. Philadelphia Union: Keegan Rosenberry, RB (Georgetown)
Rosenberry’s stock rose at the MLS Combine, and now the Union are tempted to take him over Holness or Jonathan Campbell (who we predict will still be available at this point).
7. Orlando City: Jordan McCrary, RB (North Carolina)
Depth on the defense is important for Orlando City going forward, and what makes McCrary special is that he does not take up an international roster spot. Watch for McCrary to have a breakout year.
8. San Jose Earthquakes: Fabian Herbers, F (Creighton – GA)
Continuity in attack and production will ensure that San Jose has the upper hand on the LA Galaxy, like they did last year. Herbers provides a spark that will make him a fan favorite at Avaya Stadium.
9. Toronto FC: Jonathan Campbell, CB (North Carolina)
Campbell struggled at the MLS Combine, but his work at North Carolina will make him a top 10 selection regardless.
10. New England Revolution: Richie Laryea, CM (Akron – GA)
New England are going to luck out big time with Laryea falling into their hands. The right coaching will make this prospect competent defensively. But as he is from Toronto, a trade might be in store to allow him to stay local.
11. Sporting Kansas City: Ben Polk, F (Syracuse)
Two Dom Dwyers are better than one, and Ben Polk fits the ticket. Added depth to the attack will allow Polk to ease right into the system.
12. Los Angeles Galaxy: Julian Buescher, CM (Syracuse – GA)
A German product at age 23, Buescher will immediately earn ample minutes. Covering a lot of ground is important, and this weakness will turn into a strength with the right coaching and mentality.
13. D.C. United: Andrew Tarbell, GK (Clemson – GA)
Tarbell is expected to be the backup to Bill Hamid or earn minutes with the Richmond Kickers with this selection. Also, D.C. are three deep at goalkeeper with this pick.
14. Montreal Impact: Hadji Barry, F (UCF)
Didier Drogba has retired from soccer. The Impact now need an attacker to fill up the ranks, and they select one with speed and pace in Barry.
15. Seattle Sounders: Tony Alfaro, CB (Cal State-Dominguez Hills)
The best Division II prospect in the draft, Tony Alfaro brings size and potential. A lock to earn minutes with Sounders FC 2, Alfaro will need to catch up to the tempo and pace at this level to break into the first team.
16. Vancouver Whitecaps: Eric Verso, MF (Stanford)
One of the stars at the combine, Eric Verso has good passing touch, effort and aggressiveness. But a strong showing at the combine doesn’t necessarily equate to a strong career in the pros. Just ask Andre Blake.
17. FC Dallas: Michael Salazar, F (UC Riverside)
Despite a poor showing at the Combine, Michael Salazar (no relation to the author) will bring depth to a forward line that had to be replenished with the signing of Maximiliano Urruti.
18. New York Red Bulls: Cole Seiler, CB (Georgetown)
Here is the example of a player that should get extensive years at the position in MLS. Seiler’s long ball ability to the wingers on the run of play will make this a key acquisition for the Red Bulls.
19. Columbus Crew: Liam Doyle, CB (Ohio State)
An Ohio State product, Liam Doyle continues his professional career as a center back next door at the Crew SC.
20. Portland Timbers: Todd Wharton, DM (Virginia)
Wharton spent time with the Portland Timbers Under-23s and despite underwhelming at the MLS Combine, the Timbers will get Wharton, but this time, they are likely to send him down to Portland Timbers 2 to get his form polished.