2016 MLS Mock Draft: Final Mock 4 Rounds
Posted By: Chris Ransom Last Updated: January 13, 2016
Columbus Crew S.C.: Colin Bonner, F, North Carolina Wilmington
- Columbus needs a second striker. Kei Kamara won't be the face of this team forever.
Previous Pick: Eric DeJulio, D, Creighton
Colorado Rapids: Nico Brett, F, Robert Morris
- Colorado did not get a striker in Round 1. They address that position here in the second round when they take Robert Morris striker Nico Brett.
- Robert Morris forward Nico Brett had 10 shots on goal as a freshman, but did not do much in 2012. In 2013, he had 14 goals, 8 assists, 36 points in his sophomore season. Last season Brett led the nation with 15 goals and also posted 3 assists along with 33 points. Brett had 12 goals, 5 assists, and 29 points in 2015.
- Outside of a 4 goal game against Cleveland State, Brett really didn't do much. Brett was once considered a top 5 prospect back in the preseason, but now Brett looks like he will slip to the second round because he's played poorly down the stretch. That will keep him from going in the first round, and may even keep him from going in the second round, but I think someone will take him at some point in the second round.
- Nico Brett is a safe bet to get 10 goals per year in the MLS and that's something the Rapids desperately need with Deshorn Brown gone. Brett will provide an MLS team with a blue chip striker after dominating the final 2 days of the 2016 MLS Combine.
Previous Pick: Kyle Parker, F, Charlotte
Philadelphia Union: Alex Morrell, M, North Florida
- Philadelphia needs a playmaker with Christian Maidana in Houston now. North Florida midfielder Alex Morrell had 5 assists in 2013, 5 assists in 2014, and 7 assists in 2015. Morrell is one of the top players available in the second round, and ideally what the Union would be looking for at this point in the second round of the 2016 MLS Super Draft.
Previous Pick: Darius Madison, M, UMBC
Montreal Impact: Justin Bilyeu, D, SIU Edwardsville
- The Montreal Impact get Matt Polster's College teammate with this pick as a player for depth at left back. It may not address the biggest need, but it's a great value pick that would boost defense. Bilyeu is very good at blocking shots just like Polster and reminds me of Polster as an outside back.
Previous Pick: Kyle Culbertson, D, Ohio State
Real Salt Lake: Michael Salazar, F, U.C. Riverside
- Real Salt Lake needs a forward. The 5-11 165 lb Michael Salazar had 6 goals, 3 assists, and 15 points in 2015 after losing 2015 first round pick Otis Earle. Some have Salazar as a first round prospect, but he has the production of a third round pick. Salazar should go in the early second round based on his skill set.
Houston Dynamo: Vincent Mitchell, M, Butler
- Houston has a lot of depth at forward and defense. The only midfielder they had was Brad Davis and they traded him to Sporting Kansas City. The Dynamo must have a ton of faith in Christian Maidana to pull this.
- Vincent Mitchell had 11 goals, 4 assists, and 26 points in 2015. Mitchell also has the versatility to be used as a defensive midfielder. Mitchell seems like an ideal fit for the Houston Dynamo here.
Seattle Sounders: James Moberg, M, Washington
- Seattle gets another midfielder for depth. James Moberg can play a variety of midfielder roles and has the tools to be a double digit assist guy when healthy. Moberg sounds like an obvious choice at this point.
Previous Pick: Derek Vogel, D, Navy
San Jose Earthquakes: Tony Alfaro, D, Cal State Dominguez Hills
- The 6-4 205 lb Tony Alfaro may have better kicking power and kicking accuracy of any center back in the 2016 MLS Super Draft. He'd be a great value pick and addition for the San Jose Earthquakes with this pick.
Previous Pick: Brendan Hines-Ike, D, South Florida
Vancouver Whitecaps: Hadji Berry, F, Central Florida
- Vancouver needs to take the best player available. One player who impressed at the 2016 MLS Combine was Hadji Berry of Central Florida. Hadji Barry had 11 goals, 3 assists, and 25 points in 2015 after previously being a secondary striker to Romario Williams. Chicago needs a main striker and is lucky enough to get Barry in the third round.
Previous Pick: Todd Wharton, M, Virginia
New England Revolution: Thomas Sanner, F, Princeton
- New England needs to get another striker. Princeton forward Thomas Sanner had 13 goals, 5 assists, and 31 points in 2015.
- Sanner is a great value pick in the second round after dominating in the 2016 MLS Combine. As a result, the Revolution draft the first Ivy League player in the 2016 MLS Super Draft.
Previous Pick: Zach Mathers, M, Duke
Columbus Crew S.C.: Cadowuona Nortey, F, Marquette
- The 5-8 145 lb Cadowuona Nortey is a second round prospect coming off a poor season with 4 goals, 3 assists, and 11 points after 3 seasons with at least 9 goals. Nortey began his career at midfielder before moving to forward so he does have the versatility to play the wing.
- Nortey got redshirted in 2012 due to a season ending injury. James Nortey can play left forward, center forward, right forward, left wing, central midfielder, attacking midfielder, or right wing. Nortey is a complete forward/midfielder with two 10 goal seasons in 2013 and 2014 as Marquette's striker can line up at forward or midfield with his versatility.
- Columbus Crew S.C. needs to take the best player available. James Nortey is the best player available.
Orlando City S.C.: Callum Irving, G, Kentucky
- Orlando City S.C. cannot get a center back. Bradley Bourgeois signed a home grown deal with the Houston Dynamo. Instead Orlando City S.C. grabs a goalie to develop for the future in Callum Irving.
- Irving got some starts as true freshman in 2012. Irving won the starting job in 2013 and only allowed 18 goals in 16 games. Irving's 1.09 GAA and 6 shutouts really stood out that year.
- Irving did even more the following year in 2014. Irving had a 0.77 GAA, 10 shutouts, and 65 saves which ranked 9th in the nation in 2014.
- Callum Irving has a 0.60 GAA and 11 shutouts in 2015. The thing that concerns me with Irving is his .811 save percentage in 2015. That drops him to a second round prospect, but despite that Irving is still the top senior goalie in this years MLS Super Draft.
Chicago Fire: T.J. Casner, F, Clemson
- The Chicago Fire get a forward with this pick. Clemson's T.J. Casner had 10 goals in 2015. Casner has the versatility to play striker, secondary striker, or right wing in the MLS.
Montreal Impact: Todd Wharton, M, Virginia
- The Montreal Impact get Virginia midfielder Todd Wharton. Wharton has the versatility to play attacking midfielder, central midfielder, or defensive midfielder in the MLS with his size.
Previous Pick: Eric Verso, M, Stanford
Seattle Sounders: Tyler David, D, Saint Louis
- Seattle needs another center back for depth. Tyler David fits the bill. David also has the versatility to play defensive midfielder and right back along with center back.
Previous Pick: Walker Hume, D, North Carolina
Vancouver Whitecaps: Connor Sparrow, G, Creighton
- Spencer Richey never cracked the Whitecaps roster. Connor Sparrow of Creighton, Zach Bennett of Michigan State, and Sven Lissek of Furman can all make a case for being the #3 goalie. Sparrow had 10 shutouts for Creighton in 2015 which is why he goes to the Whitecaps here.
F.C. Dallas: Amass Amankona, M, Dayton
- F.C. Dallas gets the best player available. At this point that player is Amass Amankona. Amankona had 13 goals, 5 assists, and 31 points in 2015. You have to believe F.C. Dallas would take Amankona with their second round pick if he slipped that far.
New York Red Bulls: Mitchell Taintor, M, Rutgers
- The New York Red Bulls get a defensive midfielder. Mitchell Taintor is one of the best defensive midfielders in the country and is a great value pick.
Montreal Impact: Femi Hollinger-Janzen, F, Indiana
- Montreal gets a left winger. Femi Hollinger-Janzen of Indiana is one of the top left wingers left.
- The 6-0 174 lb Femi Hollinger-Janzen had 8 goals, 5 assists, and 21 points in 2015. There's a chance Femi Hollinger-Janzen cracks the late second round with a strong MLS Combine.
Portland Timbers: Jamie Luchini, F, Lehigh
- Maximiliano Urruti is now on F.C. Dallas in the 2015 Stage 1 MLS Re Entry Draft. Portland may need one more forward for depth. Lehigh forward Jamie Luchini can play striker, secondary striker, left wing, central midfielder, right wing, attacking midfielder, or defensive midfielder at 6-2 170 lbs.
- Portland takes the highly coveted forward from Wexford, PA. The former North Allegheny Senior High School captain had 10 goals, 9 assists, and 29 points in 2015 with Lehigh.
Previous Pick: Hadji Barry, F, Central Florida
Columbus Crew S.C.: Shane Campbell, D, Louisville
- One scout told me that Louisville left back Shane Campbell is a late second round pick. We interviewed Shane Campbell on our podcast, and Campbell has the versatility to play left back, center back, right back, left wing, central midfielder, right wing, or secondary striker.
- Left back is Campbell's main position, but Campbell is a plug in and play guy. Campbell would be a great fit in Columbus.
Previous Pick: Nico Brett, F, Robert Morris
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