2015 MLS Mock Draft: Final Mock 2 Rounds
Round 1 Picks 1-10
Posted By: Chris Ransom Last Updated: January, 15, 2015
Orlando City S.C.: Cyle Larin, F, Connecticut
- Expansion teams usually take strikers at forward with the top pick. Cyle Larin reminds me of Darren Mattocks when he came out of Akron as this highly touted blue chip striker. Larin had 14 goals as a freshman last season in 2013. So far in 2014 through 16 games, Larin has 9 goals and 3 assists. Three of his nine goals in 2014 are game winning goals.
- In addition to scoring goals, Larin brings the size, speed, and strength to win. Larin weighs 6-2 190 lbs while displaying a tremendous soccer IQ.
- Larin is not just drawing offers from the MLS. Teams in Europe are offering Larin contracts and one English Premiere League team was rumored to be interested in bringing in Larin for a tryout. When the Barclays Premiere League is glimpsing your talent at the collegiate level it means you go #1 overall if you enter the MLS Super Draft.
- Larin is the first of five players that signed with Generation Adidas. Larin will not compete in the MLS Combine, but is still expected to be taken first overall.
New York City F.C.: Christian Roldan, M, Washington
- New York City F.C. hired former striker Jason Kreis as the head coach meaning Kreis will work with the forwards. New York City F.C. brought in a big name center back in the expansion draft.
- This means midfield is the only position left to draft by default. Christian Roldan of Washington is a Generation Adidas prospect like Cyle Larin. Roldan is already being compared to Landon Donovan coming out of Washington.
- It is not just the Donovan comparisons. This guy has speed and the versatility to adapt to the wing at left wing or right wing in addition to being an attacking midfielder. He needs to score or get assists more often if he wants to be like Donovan in the MLS.
- Roldan said he would compete in the MLS Combine, but there is also a chance he does not. Regardless of whether Roland competes in the MLS Combine, it is safe to say he will be drafted second overall. With both expansion teams taking Generation Adidas players there are only 3 Generation Adidas players left.
Montreal Impact: Romario Williams, F, Central Florida
- The Impact need help everywhere. Romario Williams is the best player in the draft after Larin and Roldan.
- Williams was also the first of the five Generation Adidas prospects to sign his deal.
Previous Pick: Leo Stolz, M, UCLA
San Jose Earthquakes: Leo Stolz, M, UCLA
- San Jose needs a playmaker at midfield more than anything. Leo Stolz is a top 5 talent, but scouts are scared of taking him since he has not signed his MLS senior paperwork for the draft. If one team overlooks this it will be the Earthquakes who need a midfielder.
- Stolz is known for his shooting and dribbling. In 2013 Stolz posted 11 goals and 6 assists as an attacking midfielder. In 2014, Stolz had 9 goals and 6 assists.
- Stolz was born in Germany. Germany won the FIFA World Cup in 2014. You also have to look at the fact that Stolz was captain of the Bruins for two seasons. Last season, Stolz guided UCLA to the College Cup Finals where the Bruins lost to Virginia.
Previous Pick: Adria Baso, M, Connecticut
Portland Timbers: Khiry Shelton, F, Oregon State
- The Portland Timbers will use the Colorado Rapids draft pick to take the best player available which will be forward Khiry Shelton. Shelton had 10 goals, 12 assists, and 32 points for Oregon State.
- After such an awesome 2014 season, Shelton will go top 5. Portland needs to thank Colorado for giving them a hometown striker with this much talent with this top 5 pick.
Previous Pick: Joshua Yaro, D, Georgetown
Toronto F.C.: Alex Bono, G, Syracuse
- Toronto has to get a goalie. Generation Adidas prospect Alex Bono is a top 10 talent like Zack McMath. He is not a sure-fire franchise goalie like Andre Blake. Blake had 37 career shutouts with 10 shutouts in all 3 seasons. Bono has 30 career shutouts with 10 as a freshman, 8 as a sophomore, and 12 as a junior. Blake had a 0.75 GAA or lower in all 3 seasons. Bono had a 1.03 GAA as a sophomore and had a 0.85 GAA as a freshman before his 0.55 GAA in 2014.
- Alex Bono is not worthy of being the top pick like Andre Blake was. Bono will still be a top 10 pick for a Toronto team that desperately needs a goalie after trading their star keeper to the Sounders.
Previous Pick: Nick Besler, M, Notre Dame
Chicago Fire: Fatai Alashe, M, Michigan State
- Chicago needs help everywhere. Fatai Alashe can play multiple positions at midfield including left wing, right wing, attacking midfielder, or defensive midfielder. His versatility to adapt at midfield is what makes him such a huge asset.
Houston Dynamo: Andy Thoma, D, Washington
- Brandon Vincent will return to school. The Dynamo can take another PAC 12 left back in Andy Thoma out of Washington.
Previous Pick: Brandon Vincent, D, Stanford
Toronto F.C.: Skylar Thomas, D, Syracuse
- Toronto could use a center back. Skylar Thomas of Syracuse weighs 6-3 180 lbs and has only surrendered 6 goals all season on defense.
Sporting Kansas City: Nick Besler, M, Notre Dame
- Nick Besler is the little brother of Matt Besler. Nick is not the passer Matt is. Nick is a better defender than his older brother. Sporting Kansas City can take the best player available, so why not reunite the Besler's in KC.
Previous Pick: Tim Parker, D, St. Johns
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