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SBI picks 1st round of superdraft
December 18, 2008, 4:50 PM
Filed under: MLS Superdraft, Mo Johnston, Toronto FC

2009 SBI MLS Mock Draft

 

1. Seattle Sounders- Marcus Tracey, F, Wake Forest

Sigi Schmid goes with the top striker prospect rather than the stud defensive prospects. Tracey would very likely have been the top pick in the 2007 draft if he had come out and the only real strike against him is that his contract (at least some of it) will count against the salary cap, unlike the top Generation adidas prospects. This pick is very likely to be Tracey or Opara.

2. Toronto FC- Ike Opara, D, Wake Forest 

Mo Johnston will be absolutely giddy to be able to grab Opara, a 20-year-old defender with tremendous upside who could play right away. If Seattle takes Opara, TFC will have a hard time passing on Tracey, though Omar Gonzalez would fill a more pressing need.

3. Los Angeles Galaxy- Omar Gonzalez, D, Maryland

Everybody knows what the Galaxy needs and Gonzalez is the best defender on the board. Bruce Arena will gladly turn to the ACC standout, though do not be surprised if the Galaxy deal this pick to FC Dallas for a package of first-round picks. The Galaxy need more help than one player can provide.

4. Toronto FC- O’Brian White, F, UConn

The word on the street is that TFC wants to deal away one or two of its first-round picks, but if White is here at No. 4 you can bet Johnston will pounce on the Toronto native and standout striker. The question at this point is whether White will actually sign with MLS.

 

5. FC Dallas- Steve Zakuani, F, Akron

 

As stated above, don’t be surprised to see Schellas Hyndman package his No. 5 and No. 11 picks to move up to grab one of the Big Three. FC Dallas has plenty of quality prospects already and it wouldn’t be a shock to see the Hoops package picks for some veteran depth.

 

6. D.C. United- Sam Cronin, M, Wake Forest

Whether or not Ben Olsen can come back this year it is clear that D.C. needs to replace him and Cronin is just the player to do that. A classy central midfielder who would fit right in at D.C, Cronin has the make-up to play major minutes as a rookie. 

 

 

7. D.C. United- Jeremy Hall, M, Maryland

Dave Kasper and Tom Soehn will jump for joy of they can pull off this ACC double. Hall played on the left for the Terps but is a naturally right-footed player with a nice speed-skill combo who could be an impact player right away.

 

8. Kansas City- Baggio Husidic, M, Illinois-Chicago 

It isn’t a stretch to say the Wizards attack could use a boost of creativity and Husidic could provide just that. Regarded as one of the most skilled playmakers in the draft, Husidic could go even higher than No. 8.

9. Chivas USA- Stephen Frei, G, California

The Goats struggled to replace Brad Guzan when he left for Aston Villa but Frei is just the type of goalkeeping prospect to potentially be the permanent replacement. Frei is a 6-foot-3 force in the net and is widely regarded as the best pro prospect in a good goalkeeping class.

10. New England Revolution- Yohance Marshall, D, South Florida

Replacing Michael Parkhurst is all but impossible to do in a college draft, but landing the best senior defender in the pool will help. Marshall has the strength, speed and leadership abilities to step right in as a rookie and start, which is why he could go higher in the first round.

11. FC Dallas- Graham Zusi, M, Maryland

As we stated above, look for this pick to be dealt, but if it isn’t, Hyndman would be hard-pressed to pass on a player with Zusi’s quality.

 

12. Real Salt Lake- Mike Grella, F, Duke 

 

Would you really be surprised to see Jason Kreis take a fellow goal-scoring machine from Duke? Grella is a proven finisher, something RSL could have used last season.

13. Toronto FC- Kevin Alston, D, Indiana

Johnston scores again by landing the best fullback prospect in the draft. TFC could also go with Canadian striker Toussaint Ricketts, but if TFC lands White, look for Toronto to add to its defensive depth.

 

14. New York- Michael Stephens, M, UCLA 

 

The Red Bulls would have much preferred to grab Alston here, but unless Alston slips, look for New York to grab Stevens, a playmaking midfielder who would be a Generation adidas player if he signs with MLS.

15. New England- Chris Pontius, F, UCSB

Having addressed a defensive need with its earlier pick, look for the Revs to grab the best attacker on the board. They could go with Peri Marosevic of Michigan, but look for Pontius to get the nod.

So there you have it, the first crack at an MLS Mock Draft. I can tell you that I doubt highly the first round looks like this because there will definitely be trades and there will definitely be players who don’t come out, and some others who come out that weren’t originally listed as potential Generation adidas signings.

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