2017 MLS Mock Draft: Final Mock 4 Rounds
Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Last Updated: January 13, 2017 with updates every Friday leading up to Draft Day.
Minnesota United F.C.: Francis de Vries, D, Saint Francis
- Minnesota United F.C. has their center back of the present in Joseph Greenspan. One more guy that could compliment him down the road at center back is Francis de Vries. Francis de Vries is a heck of an offensive defenseman as he had 6 goals, 4 assists, and 16 points in 2015. Francis de Vries helped Saint Francis record 10 shutouts in 2016. Francis de Vries has ideal size for a center back at 6-2 170 lbs. His biggest concern is a lack of muscle. I see Francis de Vries as a first round prospect, but some teams believe he's too skinny and giving him the opportunity to develop in Minnesota's Academy for a few years seems like a logical selling point.
Previous Pick: Michael Amick, D, UCLA
Colorado Rapids: Christian Thierjung, F, California
- The Colorado Rapids get a forward here. I gave Colorado Christian Thierjung at 16 last week, but he slips to 22 in this weeks mock. Thierjung converted from midfielder to forward in 2016.
- The 5-11 165 lb Christian Thierjung has the versatility to play forward or midfielder lining up at striker, secondary striker, left wing, right wing, attacking midfielder, or central midfielder. Having that kind of versatility may help Thierjung get drafted in the first round.
- Christian Thierjung had 7 goals, 2 assists, and 16 points in 2014 in his first season as a starter. Christian Thierjung had 9 goals, 4 assists, and 22 points in 2015. Christian Thierjung had 9 goals, 1 assist, and 19 points in 2016. Thierjung got past Marvin Hezel of Florida International to get a goal this season in 2016.
Previous Pick: Russell Cicerone, M, Buffalo
Minnesota United F.C.: Eric Klenofsky, G, Monmouth
- The 6-6 170 lb Eric Klenofsky may be the top goalie picked in 2017 now simply because scouts love his height and think he can be coached up if he adds more muscle. I think Alec Ferrell of Wake Forest is the top goalie in this years draft, but Klenofsky played in the MLS Combine and looked good while Ferrell didn't. That gives Klenofsky an upper hand of being the first goalie taken even though Ferrell has the best tape among the goalies in the 2017 MLS Super Draft when healthy. Some teams have a first round grade on Eric Klenofsky, but I think the biggest reason he's the top goalie now is due to Ferrell's durability now possibly being a liability.
- Klenofsky went 5-4-2 in 11 starts with 10 goals allowed, 4 shutouts, a 0.87 GAA, and a .841 save percentage. Klenofsky could be an interesting project for a team to develop at some point in the second round. Klenofsky is not ready to start right away, but I can see how this would be a good value pick for Minnesota.
Previous Pick: Napo Matsoso, M, Kentucky
Toronto F.C.: Michael Amick, D, UCLA
- Toronto F.C. picks here. Toronto can add a left back for depth here. Michael Amick was a center back at UCLA and a top 5 pick at one point. Durability concerns and his lack of size make him a left back in the MLS, but Toronto can add UCLA's three time captain for depth.
Previous Pick: David Goldsmith, F, Butler
Toronto F.C.: Jakob Nerwinski, D, Connecticut
- Toronto F.C. had to make a trade with Atlanta United F.C. following the 2016 Expansion Draft in order to get starting goalie Clint Irwin back. Toronto has Alex Bono who they got sixth overall in the 2015 MLS Draft so they can take the best player available.
- The 6-0 175 lb Jakob Nerwinski played center back next to Sergio Campbell in 2014. After Campbell left, Nerwinski was named a co-captain on Connecticut in 2015 before being named the Huskies team captain in 2016. Connecticut recorded 10 shutouts in 2016 thanks to the play of Nerwinski. MLS coaches moved him to right back at the 2017 MLS Combine, and Nerwinsky excelled at right back. Toronto could take Nerwinsky as a right back for depth.
Previous Pick: Jorge Gomez Sanchez, M, Temple
San Jose Earthquakes: Guillermo Delgado, F, Delaware
- Guillermo Delgado may be listed as a second round prospect, but he has a first round resume if you watch his tape Delgado has the speed scouts love and has 4 consecutive seasons of 10 goals or more at Delaware. Delgado did well at the 2017 MLS Combine. His 5-8 height is an issue for some teams. Delgado is a steal for a San Jose team who could draft Delgado as a player to develop until Chris Wondolowski declines or retires with Wondo turning 34-years-old later this month.
- The 5-8 170 lb Guilermo Delgado had 15 goals, 5 assists, and 35 points as a true freshman in 2013. Delgado had 12 goals, 2 assists, and 26 points as a true sophomore in 2014.
- Delgado got named team captain of Delaware in 2015. That year he had 10 goals, 4 assists, and 24 points as a junior.
- Delgado had 12 goals, 8 assists, and 32 points as a senior. Delgado showed he could develop as a passer in 2016 and looks like a top 20 prospect that could be picked very early in the second round or possibly late in the first round depending on what he does at the 2017 MLS Combine.
Previous Pick: Connor Maloney, M, Penn State
Vancouver Whitecaps: David Goldsmith, F, Butler
- Vancouver picks here. David Goldsmith is the top player on the board.
- David Goldsmith is from Bristol, England and played in the English Premiere League Academy for five years. The 5-9 155 lb David Goldsmith struggled in 2014 with only 6 goals. Goldsmith had 11 goals, 1 assist, and 23 points in 2015. Goldsmith had 3 game-winning goals in 2015. Goldsmith had 12 goals, 4 assists, and 28 points so far in 2016. I had Goldsmith in my top 10 at one point, but I guess for most MLS teams his size is an issue. I honestly believe Goldsmith would be a steal at this point in the second round.
Previous Pick: Keith Traut, D, Alban
Houston Dynamo: Chris Nanco, F, Syracuse
- The Houston Dynamo should grab a striker to develop. Chris Nanco is a guy that lots of people are high on even though he wasn't a consistent goal scorer at Syracuse.
Previous Pick: Bernardo Mattos, D, Albany
New England Revolution: Felix De Bona, F, Boston University
- New England lost winger Femi Hollinger-Janzen to Minnesota United F.C. Felix De Bona is a 5-10 170 lb forward who had 8 goals, 2 assists, and 18 points as a senior for Boston University in 2016. Felix De Bona trained with the New England Revolution prior to 2016. Felix De Bona can play striker, secondary striker, left wing, or right wing with his versatility providing a very similar skill-set to Femi Hollinger-Janzen in the second round.
Portland Timbers: Alec Ferrell, G, Wake Forest
- Portland doesn't need a goalie, but Alec Ferrell may be too good to pass on as a developmental project. Some teams may prefer Ferrell over Chris Hubbard it really is a 1A or 1B scenario at goalie.
- The 6-4 190 lb Alec Ferrell was the top ranked goalie back in the preseason with a first round grade at one point before being surpassed by Chris Hubbard, but Hubbard may be a junior redshirt so Ferrell should be the top goalie picked in 2017 now. Ferrell went 12-1-3 in 16 starts with 9 goals allowed, 8 shutouts, a 0.54 GAA, and a .862 save percentage. Ferrell is more consistent than Hubbard when healthy, but Ferrell missed some games with injuries in 2016 as well which is why he's projected to go in the second round. With Hubbard not receiving a combine to the 2017 MLS Combine, Ferrell is now my top goalie again.
Philadelphia Union: Nazeem Bartman, F, South Florida
- The 5-7 160 lb Nazeem Bartman disappointed with only 6 goals in 2016. Despite this, scouts love his tape and have compared him Dom Dwyer. There are as many as 3 MLS teams with first round grades on Bartman.
D.C. United: Wuilito Fernandes, F, UMass Lowell
- Wuilito Fernandes is 6-0 180 lbs. Fernandes had 11 goals, 5 assists, and 27 points as a striker for UMass Lowell in 2016. Fernandes is the deal striker that D.C. United can draft here.
Previous Pick: Chris Nanco, F, Syracuse
Real Salt Lake: Brian Nana-Sinkham, D, Stanford
- Real Salt Lake adds a defenseman here. Brian Nana-Sinkham won back-to-back championships at Stanford. Brian Nana-Sinkham played center back at Stanford, but has the size for an outside back in the MLS.
Previous Pick: Robby Sagel, D, Penn State
Houston Dynamo: Kwame Awuah, M, Connecticut
- Houston gets the best player available. The 5-7 160 lb Awuah had 2 goals, 7 assists, and 11 points in 2016 after being a co captain for Connecticut in 2016. Awuah is also great on defense and versatile enough to be a defensive midfielder in the MLS despite being slightly undersized. That versatility to play both attacking midfielder and defensive midfielder may get Awuah drafted anywhere between the first and third round. Houston should take Awuah in the second round.
Previous Pick: Zeiko Lewis, M, Boston College
F.C. Dallas: Austin Ledbetter, D, SIU Edwardsville
- F.C. Dallas drafts a defenseman for depth. The 5-11 160 lb Austin Ledbetter scored 6 goals and helped SIU Edwardsville produce 9 shutouts in 2016. Austin Ledbetter has the versatility to play left back, center back, right back, or defensive midfielder. SIU Edwardsville has developed a great reputation for developing MLS talent on the back line in years past.
New York City F.C.: Trevor Haberkorn, D, California
- The 6-3 185 lb Trevor Haberkorn complimented Nick Lima at center back. Lima signed a home grown deal with the San Jose Earthquakes, but some teams think higher of Trevor Haberkorn now. Haberkorn can play center back or defensive midfielder with his versatility.
New York Red Bulls: Napo Matsoso, M, Kentucky
- New York gets a midfielder in Napo Matsoso. Matsoso may be one of the ten fastest players in the entire 2017 MLS Super Draft. That's why Matsoso could be picked very early in the second round, and may even sneak into the first round if he impresses at the 2017 MLS Combine.
Previous Pick: Daniel Johnson, M, Louisville
F.C. Dallas: Brandt Bronico, M, Charlotte
- F.C. Dallas takes the best player available. That would be the 5-8 155 lb Brandt Bronico. Bronico only had 9 goals, 5 assists, and 24 points in 2016. Bronico is a project, but some teams have him in the first round on their boards while I see him as a second round pick.
Previous Pick: Zeiko Lewis, M, Boston College
Montreal Impact: Tucker Hume, F, North Carolina
- The 6-5 203 lb Tucker Hume is the twin brother of North Carolina center back Walker Hume. Tucker led North Carolina with 7 goals, 4 assistes, and 18 points in 2016. I like Walker better as a prospect, but Tucker should be drafted in the first two rounds.
Philadelphia Union: Jorge Gomez Sanchez, M, Temple
- The 5-8 147 lb Jorge Gomez Sanchez had 13 goals, 5 assists, and 31 points in 2015. Jorge Gomez Sanchez had 14 goals, 3 assists, and 31 points in 2016. Jorge Gomez Sanchez seems like an ideal wing player.
- Jorge Gomez Sanchez is a first round prospect that may fall to the second round due to his size. He impressed me on tape with his kicking power, kicking accuracy, and dribbling on tape. Some teams have Jorge Gomez Sanchez as high as 8 on their boards, but his size may cause him to fall to the back half of the first round, second round, or possibly even the third round.
- Jorge Gomez Sanchez can play striker, secondary striker, left wing, attacking midfielder, or right wing with his versatility on tape.
Previous Pick: Nate Regis, F, Pfeiffer
D.C. United: Lindo Mfeka, M, South Florida
- Lindo Mfeka only had 4 goals, 5 assists, and 13 points on tape in 2016. Mfeka is a guy that can play striker, secondary striker, left wing, right wing, or attacking midfielder. I think the 5-5 155 lb midfielder would get drafted more for his speed and versatility rather than anything else.
Seattle Sounders: Robert Moewes, G, Duke
- Seattle drafts a goalie for depth. Robert Moewes is the top goalie available.
- The 6-3 190 lb Robert Moewes was the top goalie left in the third round, but I like how he performed in the second round so I moved him up a round. Moewes went 7-8-2 in 17 starts with 24 goals allowed, 2 shutouts, a 0.76 GAA, and a .736 save percentage. Robert Moewes had 6 shutouts as a junior in 2015.
Previous Pick: Liam Callahan, D, Syracuse
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