Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Last Updated: November 18, 2017.
San Jose Earthquakes: Danny Musovski, F, UNLV
- San Jose got a terrific player in Jackson Yueill. They need defense, but with no more first rounders on the board they get Danny Musovski a 6-0 170 lb striker who could be a successor to Chris Wondolowski down the road in San Jose. Danny Musovski has 15 goals, 6 assists, 36 points, and 50 shots in 2017. His tape versus quality opponents like UCLA and Oregon State is terrible though which is why I have Musovski coming off the board at 12.
Sporting Kansas City: Mauro Cichero, F, SMU
- Sporting Kansas City gets a striker with Dom Dwyer being traded. This means Sporting Kansas City gets Mauro Cichero here. The 6-3 175 lb forward has 9 goals, 7 assists, and 25 points so far in 2017. Cichero is graded higher than Ruiz and Wild according to some scouts, but he has terrible kicking accuracy on tape despite having a cannon for a leg.
Atlanta United F.C.: J.T. Marcinkowski, G, Georgetown
- Atlanta United F.C. has the luxury to ignore need and take the top player on the board. This team is loaded at forward, midfielder, and defense. They get a Generation Adidas goalie candidate in J.T. Marcinkowski out of Georgetown who has a 0.66 GAA, an .824 save percentage, and 8 shutouts in 2017. He got voted team captain as a sophomore in 2016 after Joshua Yaro left the team and Marcinkowski is 13-3-2 in 2017 after posting a losing record and 4 shutouts in 2016.
Chicago Fire: Handwalla Bwanna, M, Washington
- The Chicago Fire are set everywhere now thanks to the signing of Nemanja Nikolic who leads the MLS in goals. They even got good goalie play so here they take the best player available to develop. That's true sophomore Handwalla Bwanna who has 8 goals, 6 assists, and 22 points in 2017.
New York Red Bulls: Afonso Pinheiro, F, Albany
- The New York Red Bulls get a secondary striker. The 6-2 190 lb striker had 7 goals, 2 assists, and 16 points as a true freshman in 2014. Pinheiro had 11 goals, 4 assists, and 26 points as a sophomore in 2015. Pinheiro 13 goals, 5 assists, and 31 points as a junior in 2016. Pinheiro has 7 goals, 4 assists, and 18 points in 2017. He should finish with 9 or 10 goals though and his kicking power and kicking accuracy is incredible along with his superb vision. I moved this guy into the top 10 a few weeks ago, but he's been coming in off the bench so it's hard to see him going in the top 10 now.
Previous Pick: Marcelo Acuna, F, Virginia Tech
Vancouver Whitecaps: Alan Winn, F, North Carolina
- Vancouver runs a 4-3-3 formation with a striker, secondary striker, and two wingers lined up at forward. They are set at midfielder, but only have one quality striker.
- The 5-11 172 lb striker has really stepped up as a senior earning team captain honors. He also has 10 goals, 1 assist, and 21 points in 2017 after being limited to 4 goals, 3 assists, and 11 points in 2016. Winn has done enough to earn first round consideration and when you consider how many forwards Vancouver likes to use they might end up drafting another one here.
Sporting Kansas City: Chris Mueller, F, Wisconsin
- Sporting Kansas City traded Dom Dwyer. They get another winger in Chris Mueller. Mueller had 8 goals, 11 assists, and 27 points in 2016. He has 9 goals, 17 assists, and 35 points in 2017 so far. He's a natural forward, but displays the playmaking of a midfielder which is why I see the 6-0 170 lb forward converting to the wing at the next level.
New York City F.C.: Drew Skundrich, M, Stanford
- Drew Skundrich has the versatility to play left back, right back, or defensive midfielder. New York City F.C. needs defensive pieces and this is the best one on the board with all of the first round defensemen off the board.
Houston Dynamo: Ben Lundgaard, G, Virginia Tech
- Houston's starting goalie is being investigated for some off the field stuff. Ben Lundgaard may only have 5 shutouts, but one of those shutouts included a 10 save outing versus Notre Dame when they were ranked #1 in the country against the top striker in the Super Draft Jon Gallagher. The 6-5 200 lb keeper has a career high 104 saves and he impressed me on tape versus Louisville as well so I believe he could get picked late in the first round.
Columbus Crew S.C.: Gordon Wild, F, Maryland
- Columbus Crew S.C. runs a 4-2-4. They already have championship calibers midfielders, defenders, and the right goalie in place. This team only has one good striker and should have better players on the wing next season if Kekuta Manneh and last years first round pick Niko Hanson start on the wing.
- Wild played for South Carolina Upstate back in 2015 where he had 15 goals as a true freshman before transferring to Maryland in 2016 where he had 14 goals, 3 assists, and 31 points in 2016. Wild is a special talent who probably will take a Generation Adidas offer in 2018 since Abu Danladi did the same thing where he turned down the chance to go top 5 in 2016 before entering the 2017 MLS Super Draft where he was selected first overall.
- Gordon Wild has 5 goals in 2017. He went the entire months of October and November without scoring a goal and that's the biggest reason Wild dropped from a top 5 prospect to someone outside my top 10. Commands double teams and triple teams which takes a lot of pressure on his teammates. I'd like to see Wild improve his decision making when passing. It's not something that can be consider a weakness though. The speed, kicking power, kicking accuracy, and the ability to garner attention from opposing defenders is there on tape which is a huge reason why scouts loved Wild heading into 2017 before he struggled this past season.
Previous Pick: Mohamed Thiaw, F, Louisville
Seattle Sounders: Brian White, M, Duke
- The Seattle Sounders have the luxury of taking the best player available. Brian White is a 5-11 180 lb midfielder with 9 goals, 2 assists, and 20 points in 2017. The versatility to play either as a pure attacking midfielder in the center or to play on the wing at midfielder or forward is certainly there.
Toronto F.C.: Mohamed Thiaw, F, Louisville
- The 6-2 170 lb Mohamed Thiaw had 12 goals in 2016. He already has 8 goals, 1 assist, and 17 points in 2017. Thiaw is explosive and has great speed. Some scouts are saying Thiaw may fall to round 2, but I'm not ready to buy into that notion yet because if its between him and Jake Rozhansky for that final pick in the first round, I'm leaning towards Thiaw at the moment.
Previous Pick: Jake Rozhansky, M, Maryland