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.: Jack Elliott, D, West Virginia
- The 6-5 180 lb Jack Elliott helped West Virginia record 8 shutouts in 2016 as a defensive midfielder. He may be a good edition for Minnesota at the top of the fourth round. Elliott is from London, England as well.
Atlanta United F.C.: Sam Hamilton, M, Denver
- The 6-0 185 lb Sam Hamilton is a sound defensive midfielder. He can also be used as an attacking midfielder.
Chicago Fire: Kevin Leib, G, St. Edwards
- St. Edwards led the country with 15 shutouts in 22 games. The 6-3 180 lb Kevin Leib is a small school goalie that posted 2000 minutes, 10 goals allowed, and 15 total shutouts in 2016. Leib had 10 shutouts in 2015 and 9 shutouts in 2014. Leib may not have received an MLS Combine invite, but he has the best jumping and reflexes of any goalie in this draft. He's someone you can get in the fourth round to develop after addressing your other core needs.
- Leib also performed in the Midwest Regional Combine which is a soccer combine outside of the 2017 MLS Combine. Leib deserves an opportunity in the MLS or USL after all his progress and hard work at St. Edwards.
Previous Pick: Pat Flynn, F, Bowling Green
Houston Dynamo: Mac Steeves, F, Providence
- Mac Steeves is a good forward. Houston can draft him for depth here.
Columbus Crew S.C.: Connor Maloney, M, Penn State
- Columbus Crew S.C. takes the best player available at 71. That would be the 5-6 145 lb Connor Maloney who had 10 goals in 2014 before struggling in 2015 and 2016. Maloney has excellent awareness and can play on both offense and defense. His size may cause him to move to either midfielder or outside back in the MLS though. Some teams are projecting Penn State's star forward and team captain as a midfielder while other teams are projecting him as a defender in an outside back role. You are talking about a guy that can play striker, secondary striker, left wing, right wing, central midfielder, attacking midfielder, defensive midfielder, left back, or right back. I think Maloney is a second to third round talent, but his size could drop him to the fourth round if he has a shaky MLS Combine and am intrigued to see where he ends up.
Previous Pick: Stefan Cleveland, G, Louisville
San Jose Earthquakes: Chris Wingate, M, New Hampshire
- San Jose takes the best player available in the fourth round round. The 5-11 160 lb Chris Wingate had 4 goals, 8 assists, and 16 points in 2016. Wingate had some moments at the 2017 MLS Combine so he could end up in the third round.
Vancouver Whitecaps: Colin Webb, G, Indiana
- Vancouver drafts a goalie for depth. Colin Webb is the top goalie available.
- The 6-1 190 lb Colin Webb was the top goalie left in the fourth round. Webb went 8-1-4 in 14 starts with 1 no decision, 12 goals allowed, 7 shutouts, a 0.79 GAA, and a .769 save percentage. Webb is my top goalie at this point despite not getting an invite to the 2017 MLS Combine.
Orlando City S.C.: Paddy Foss, D, Virginia
- Orlando City S.C. takes the best player available in the fourth round. Paddy Foss is a defensive midfielder at 6-0 170 lbs.
New England Revolution: Jake McGuire, G, Tulsa
- The 6-3 175 lb Jake McGuire accepted an invite to the 2017 MLS Combine. McGuire went 10-5-5 in 20 starts with 23 goals allowed, 6 shutouts, a 1.09 GAA, and a .733 save percentage. Some think Jake McGuire could go in the late second round and he is just as capable of falling to the fourth round with a bad MLS Combine.
Portland Timbers: Romario Lomeli, M, U.C. Riverside
- Portland drafts the best player available. Romario Lomeli is the best player available at this point.
Philadelphia Union: Danny Deakin, M, South Carolina
- Danny Deakin had 11 goals as a forward in 2015 on the wing. Deakin moved to a central midfielder role and his numbers declined, but he really developed his skills as a passer and as a defender. Phildelphia could draft Deakin as someone who could play on the wing for depth at this point in the third round.
D.C. United: Oyvind Alseth, D, Syracuse
- D.C. United drafts an outside back for depth. Oyvind Aleseth can play left back, center back, or right back with his versatility.
- The 6-0 170 lb Oyvind Alseth got voted team captain in 2016. Alseth was on a back line with Miles Robinson that helped Syracuse tally 11 shutouts in 2016. Alseth is an outside back that I see as a first round talent, but most scouts don't have him in their top 50 so he could very easily fall to the third or fourth round even though I like his tape.
Real Salt Lake: Bakie Goodman, M, Georgetown
- Real Salt Lake adds another midfielder for depth. Bakie Goodman is only 5-9 145 lbs. He really improved as a defender in 2016, but struggled on offense making him a possible fourth round pick at best after dropping out of most teams top 50.
Portland Timbers: Mason Robertson, F, Washington
- Mason Robertson is a quality striker. He is someone Portland can draft for depth in the fourth round.
Los Angeles Galaxy: Matej Dekovic, D, Charlotte
- The 6-2 180 lb Matej Dekovic is a good center back in the fourth round of the 2017 MLS Super Draft. Dekovic is a center back that everyone is sleeping on.
Philadelphia Union: Peguy Ngatcha, F, Wright State
- The 5-11 200 lb Peguy Ngatcha is one of the most talented strikers that did not get an invite to the 2017 MLS Combine. Ngatcha had 10 goals, 4 assists, and 24 points in 2016. Philadelphia could draft Ngatcha as a striker to develop here.
Toronto F.C.: Pat Flynn, F, Bowling Green
- The 6-0 190 lb Pat Flynn had 5 goals, 4 assists, and 14 points in 2016. Flynn won't play in the 2017 MLS Combine so he should be a fourth round pick.
Previous Pick: Joseph Holland, F, Hofstra
F.C. Dallas: Felix Vobejda, D, UCLA
- F.C. Dallas drafts a right back for depth. Felix Vobejda is the top right back available at this point in the fourth round.
Montreal Impact: Brian Iloski, M, UCLA
- The 5-7 140 lb Brian Iloski had 5 goals, 7 assists, and 17 points in 2016. Iloski should be a late round pick.
Colorado Rapids: Sergio Camargo, M, Syracuse
- Colorado drafts the 5-6 163 lb Sergio Camargo who had 4 goals, 3 assists, and 11 points in 2016. Camargo should be a late round pick.
Toronto F.C.: Romilio Hernandez, M, Louisville
- Toronto takes Romilio Hernandez here. Some consider Louisville's midfielder a top 50 player despite some shaky tape. Romilio Hernandez might be a good fit for Toronto here.
Previous Pick: Greg Seifert, F, Princeton
Seattle Sounders: Auden Schilder, G, Washington
- Seattle wraps this draft up with a developmental goalie for depth. Auden Schilder accepted an invite to the 2017 MLS Combine.
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