2016 MLS Mock Draft: Final Mock 4 Rounds
Round 1 Picks 11-20
Posted By: Chris Ransom Last Updated: January 13, 2016
Sporting Kansas City: Ben Polk, F, Syracuse
- Sporting Kansas City has the luxury of taking the best player available. I think Sporting Kansas City will look for a forward at this point since there are rumors about them moving up for Fabian Herbers as well as rumors of them moving down for Darius Madison. At this point that player is Syracuse forward Ben Polk.
- Polk is only a one-year starter at Syracuse. Polk dominated with 12 goals, 4 assists, and 28 points in 2015. Let's face it Polk would be an awesome secondary striker to Dom Dwyer.
Los Angeles Galaxy: Julian Buescher, M, Syracuse
- The Los Angeles Galaxy now have needed a playmaker midfielder since Landon Donovan retired. Julian Buescher is the top Generation Adidas player left. The Galaxy will have no excuse for passing on Buescher if he falls to 12.
- Buescher had 8 goals, 11 assists, and 27 points in 2015. He's a great passer, but left the MLS Combine injured. Some scouts called him the best passer at midfielder in the entire 2016 MLS Super Draft. That's why he's the perfect successor to Landon Donovan in Los Angeles.
Previous Pick: Liam Doyle, D, Ohio State
D.C. United: Timo Pitter, M, Creighton
- The D.C. United take a midfiedler with this pick. One midfielder left with the ability to do a lot of everything is Creighton midfielder Timo Pitter.
- Timo Pitter was brilliant as a freshman with 10 goals, 4 assists, and 24 points in 2012 showing the ability of a striker as an attacking midfielder in 2012. He only posted 7 goals, 4 assists, and 18 points with Herbers taking some pressure off of him as a sophomore regressing slightly as an attacking midfielder. Pitter showed ability to be a playmaker midfielder that possibly generates double digit assists as a junior in 2014 with 6 goals, 9 assists, and 15 points as a junior. Pitter had 10 goals, 5 assists, and 25 points as a senior, but he's really improved as a defensive defender.
Montreal Impact: Zach Carroll, D, Michigan State
- The Impact needed help at every position at the beginning of the year. Forward Didier Drogba stepped up with 11 goals at striker. Dominic Oduro is a great secondary striker, and Dilly Duka is great on the wing at left wing. Ignacio Piatti had 9 goals and 8 assists in 2015 becoming a playmaker midfielder. Goalie Evan Bush had 99 saves.
- The only thing the Impact need to improve now is defense. Michigan State center back Zach Carroll fits the bill as to what Montreal is looking for. Some scouts believe he's a second to third round pick. Others believes this is a top 10 or top 15 pick. It's really gonna be interesting to see where Carroll ends up.
Seattle Sounders: Michael Gamble, F, Wake Forest
- Seattle does need a secondary striker. Chad Barrett only had 5 goals in 2015. Clint Dempsey is a left winger with Jordan Morris a homegrown player as a left winger for depth. Michael Gamble of Wake Forest gives the Seattle Sounders a secondary striker at 15.
- The 5-7 150 lb Gamble may be undersized, but gambling on Gamble will pay off for the MLS team that drafts him because he was a four year starter at Wake Forest.
- Gamble started a career high 19 games and he posted 8 goals, 4 assists, and 20 points as a true freshman in 2012. Its hard to believe that he was in the conversation with Indiana forward Eriq Zavaleta, North Carolina midfielder Rob Lovejoy, and Louisville defender Andrew Ferrell to be a top 5 pick for the 2013 MLS Super Draft heading into the preseason because his freshman season was so promising.
- There was some speculation about Gamble possibly being a Generation Adidas player as a sophomore in the preseason leading up to the 2013 MLS Super Draft, but he only posted 4 goals, 4 assists, and 12 points as a sophomore with only seven starts in 2013 because he got injured twice in 2013.
- In 2014, Gamble started 14 games and he went back to having another strong season with 6 goals, 10 assists, and 22 points before missing the final 3 games of the season. Gamble had an awesome junior season and was 3 spots shy of receiving a Generation Adidas. If Gamble plays those 3 games he may have gone pro for the 2015 MLS Super Draft.
- Gamble started 13 games this season with no injuries or setbacks. Gamble had posted 6 goals, 1 assist, and 13 points as a senior in those first 13 games. Gamble had an assist in his fourteenth game, but suffered a season ending injury in that game. If teams can look past Gamble's durability concerns then he will be off the board very early because some MLS teams do think he could be a top 5 talent.
Previous Pick: James Moberg, M, Washington
Vancouver Whitecaps: Eric Verso, M, Stanford
- Vancouver does need a playmaking midfielder. Eric Verso had 13 assists in 2015 and dominated at the 2016 MLS Combine. Verso is a guy that could sneak into the late first round. I got a feeling Vancouver could take Verso here at 16.
Previous Pick: Dennis Castillo, D, Virginia Commonwealth
F.C. Dallas: Jordan McCrary, D, North Carolina
- North Carolina left back Jordan McCrary has the versatility to play both left back and right back. F.C. Dallas grabs McCrary and uses him as a replacement to Brek Shea, who once played left back on F.C. Dallas.
Previous Pick: Cole Seiler, D, Georgetown
New York Red Bulls: Cole Seiler, D, Georgetown
- The New York Red Bulls need a center back. Cole Seiler played next to Joshua Yaro at Georgetown and makes complete sense for the Red Bulls here.
Previous Pick: Vincent Keller, D, Creighton
Columbus Crew S.C.: Liam Doyle, D, Ohio State
- The Columbus Crew need another defender. The 6-4 200 lb Liam Doyle has the versatility to play defensive midfielder, center back, left back, or right back in the MLS. His vertical practically rivals Calvin Johnson's when he came out of Georgia Tech and entered the 2016 MLS Super Draft.
- Columbus grabs Doyle knowing he fills a need at multiple positions on defense. Columbus can grab a forward in the second round.
Previous Pick: Michael Gamble, F, Wake Forest
Portland Timbers: Andrew Tarbell, G, Clemson
- Portland is looking at adding a goalie prospect to develop. Andrew Tarbell the final Generation Adidas player makes total sense for the Timbers if he slips to 20.
- The 6-3 194 lb Andrew Tarbell signed a Generation Adidas deal after graduating as a junior redshirt. Tarbell has had a 3.5 GPA for the past 4 semesters dating back to 2014 during his sophomore redshirt fall semester.
- Tarbell redshirted in 2012. In 2013, Tarbell had a 1.01 GAA and 4 shutouts in 7 starts as a freshman redshirt. In 2014, Tarbell had a 0.85 GAA and 5 shutouts in 16 starts as a sophomore redshirt. In 2015, Tarbell had a 0.88 GAA and 9 shutouts in 24 starts as a junior redshirt. Tarbell did that while going 17-3-4 while posting a .792 save percentage. Tarbell is a project, but you can argue he's the top goalie in this years MLS Draft after watching him dominate against Syracuse in the 2015 College Cup.
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