With Joe Bell out of this draft class, Inter Miami C.F. is looking at Virginia forward Daryl Dike, Clemson forward Robbie Robinson, and Indiana defenseman Jack Maher as options to go first overall tomorrow. I'm also willing to guess that whoever Nashville S.C. passes on with the second overall pick ends up going third overall joining the top pick in the 2020 MLS Super Draft.
Travis Clark has Jack Maher going first overall, Ives Galcarep has Robbie Robinson going first overall, and Top Drawer Soccer has Daryl Dike going first overall. In this scenario Draft Utopia holds the tiebreaker.
I have Daryl Dike out of Virginia going first overall and I am going to explain why I will take Virginia's striker over Maher or Robinson after meeting both Clark and Galcarep in person at the 2019 MLS Super Draft in Chicago last year. I'll link the other three mock drafts at the bottom of the page.
David Beckham has put together an incredible roster featuring four starters with MLS Cup experience on the backline with Mike Ambrose at left back from Atlanta United F.C., center back Roman Torres from the Seattle Sounders, center back A.J. DeLaGarza from his playing days with the Los Angeles Galaxy, and right back Alvis Powell from his playing days with the Portland Timbers. This team also has Grant Lillard the top home grown player in College Soccer two years ago for depth at center back and Christian Makoun who can play defensive midfielder, center back, left back, or right back with his versatility. He's only 5-11 165 lbs, so the 19-year-old Makoun probably projects as an outside back for depth.
Inter Miami C.F. also has three quality midfielders with Lee Nyugen, Luis Argudo, and George Acosta. Forward Juan Agudelo from Toronto F.C. is their top striker at the moment, but they need someone next to him. That is why I am willing to bet one of the ACC strikers goes first overall.
The 6-2 220 lb Daryl Dike is considered by many to be not only the biggest striker in this draft, but also the fastest and most explosive on tape. Daryl Dike had 10 goals, 8 assists, and 28 points in 2019. Inter Miami C.F. takes the leading goal scorer on Virginia first overall because the sophomore phenom on Virginia not only has more upside than Robbie Robinson, he also has a way better attitude.
Daryl Dike started every game for Virginia and just feels like the only blue chip prospect in this class which is my reasoning for taking Daryl Dike first overall because he showed the leadership to carry Virginia to the 2019 College Cup Championship game. Robbie Robinson was completely flustered on tape against Stanford despite winning the 2019 Hermann Trophy.
I posted a film cut of Daryl Dike, the projected top pick in the 2020 MLS Super Draft. Daryl Dike looked fantastic in this game against Pacific as he got two assists in this contest on tape despite seeing limited minutes.
Nashville S.C. gets the best player on the board at 2 to compliment their top pick in the 2019 MLS Expansion Draft in Abu Danladi. The 2019 Hermann Trophy Winner Robbie Robinson comes to Nashville as a secondary striker where he will compliment Danladi on what will be a very good striker tandem for years to come if Robinson pans out. I would try to trade this pick or take someone else at two, but I think Nashville S.C. will draft Robbie Robinson at 2 if Daryl Dike goes first overall.
The 6-2 170 lb Robbie Robinson had 18 goals, 9 assists, and 45 points in 2019. Robinson showed the versatility to play striker, secondary striker, left wing, right wing, attacking midfielder, or pose as a playmaking midfielder when you watch his tape. Robinson accepted his 2020 Generation Adidas offer and is expected to be a high pick in the 2020 MLS Super Draft.
There are some concerns with Robbie Robinson despite his strong junior season in 2019. For starters he almost missed his entire sophomore season with an injury in 2018. Second, he was not listed as a starter on Clemson's opening day game against South Carolina. Third he also missed almost all of the 2019 ACC Tournament with injuries. Fourth and finally, his attitude against Stanford really rubbed me the wrong way on tape.
If Robbie Robinson works on improving his demeanor, he could easily make Inter Miami C.F. regret passing on him at one. He punched a Stanford player on a throw in, and also refused to do a throw in on another play. I was just as surprised as everyone else when I looked at his film cut versus Stanford because that's the first time I ever saw a prospect do that during a film cut.
I hope what I saw in that one game with Robbie Robinson was just a fluke because if its a sign of what is to come, this player may bust. Here is the film cut of Robbie Robinson versus Stanford. I'll let you guys be the judge when it comes to what Robbie Robinson does on tape.
With the two ACC strikers off the board, Inter Miami C.F. goes with the best player on the board at three which is Jack Maher after giving F.C. Cincinnati $150,000 in allocation money. Indiana was so impressed with Jack Maher, that they thought he outperformed Grant Lillard as a true freshman in 2018 right after Lillard left when Indiana led the NCAA with 15 shutouts while getting Indiana back to the 2018 College Cup Semifinals after Stanford defeated Indiana to three peat as College Cup Champions in 2017. Maryland defeated this young team that Maher carried in 2018 which led to Indiana's defender earning the nickname "Senator Maher".
The 6-3 175 lb Jack Maher has the versatility to play left back, center back, or right back. Maher only helped Indiana record 10 shutouts in 2019 with two of those shutouts coming in the Big 10 Tournament which Indiana won for the third year in a row. This Hoosier team struggled early, but gelled down the stretch with Maher calling Indiana home saying this team would be around for a long time prior to receiving his Generation Adidas offer for the 2020 MLS Super Draft.
Inter Miami C.F. can groom Grant Lillard and Jack Maher to be their future center backs. In the meantime Roman Torres and A.J. DeLaGarza can anchor the backline for now at center back heading into 2020.
I posted my top 50 for my 2020 MLS Draft Game. You can draft any of the projected players that I mocked in the top 3 overall by clicking the link below to check out our 2020 MLS Draft Game.
The Whitecaps get the best player on the board at 4. The 5-7 142 lb Ryan Raposo is now the sixth consecutive Syracuse player to receive a Generation Adidas offer dating back to 2015. Raposo made the ACC All Freshman team in 2018 when he had 4 goals, 7 assists, and 15 points. Raposo had 15 goals, 7 assists, and 37 points as a sophomore in 2019. Raposo matched his assists from his freshman season and showed major improvement in goal scoring. Raposo can play left wing, attacking midfielder, right wing, or be used as a playmaker. Raposo has the speed, dribbling, technique, grit, and determination to make a difference at the next level.
I interviewed Ryan Raposo. He sounded better than two top ten picks that I interviewed. Mo Adams and Santiago Patino were both top 10 picks that I had on the podcast before they got drafted. Ryan Raposo is a high character guy and you could argue he's more humble than Robbie Robinson.
Here is my Ryan Raposo interview. You can listen to it in the video below.
Orlando City S.C. has drafted really well the last two years with Chris Mueller, Santiago Patino, and Kamal Miller. They also inked Benji Michel to a homegrown deal allowing them to take the best player on their board at 5. This team is picking this high in the 2020 MLS Super Draft due to a lousy front office, poor coaching, and awful team chemistry despite having the players and overall talent of a playoff team. Even with the additon of Antonio Carlos from Brazil at center back to compliment Kamal Miller, they can still use Kessler for depth at center back.
The 6-4 185 lb Henry Kessler helped Virginia record 14 shutouts in 2019. Kessler is now considered a top 5 prospect in this class so I really do not see why Orlando City S.C. should not pair Kessler up with Kamal Miller who they landed in the second round of the 2019 MLS Super Draft.
I posted a film cut of Henry Kessler. Henry Kessler looked fantastic in this game against Pacific as he showed why he was a top 5 pick on tape.
New England gets a the best player on their board rather than drafting for need at six since they have a second first round pick at thirteen. The 5-10 165 lb Cal Jennings had 18 goals, 4 assists, and 40 points in 20 games so far for Central Florida. Jennings is hands down the best goal scorer in this draft class so far. He was the best senior prospect at the 2019 MLS College Showcase. I have Cal Jennings graded slightly higher than the two other seniors that got Generation Adidas offers in Dylan Nealis and Tanner Beason so that is one reason why I gave the New England Revolution Cal Jennings at 6.
Columbus Crew S.C. gets a player who can be effective. With Darlington Nagbe now at midfielder Columbus Crew S.C., Columbus now has forwards and midfielders. Getting a defender to compliment the back line with Columbus is big.
The 5-11 175 lb Dylan Nealis can play defensive midfielder, left back, center back, or right back with his versatility. Dylan Nealis had 2 goals, 7 assists, and 11 points in his junior season at Georgetown. Nealis helped Georgetown record 13 shutouts in 2019. He also finished fifth on Georgetown's roster in points with 4 goals, 5 assists, and 13 points in 2019.
Dylan Nealis showed he could be a plug in play guy with his play during the 2019 College Cup. Nealis led Georgetown to an NCAA Championship and gives Caleb Porter an immediate starter to help out with the back line for Columbus Crew S.C. at right back which is the position he played during Georgetown's 2019 College Cup Championship.
Houston grabs the best player on the board at 8 that is a midfielder or a defender because they got two good forwards with Mauro Manotas and Alberth Elis. The 6-1 175 lb Tanner Beason is versatile enough to play left back, center back, or right back. Beason was part of three College Cup Champion teams at Stanford. Beason had 5 goals, 1 assist, 11 points, and helped Stanford record 6 shutouts in 2019. He has not played since October due to an injury, but made a recovery in November and has been healthy since then. He outplayed Robbie Robinson on tape in Stanford's tournament win over Clemson that allowed Clemson to return to the 2019 College Cup Semifinals where they lost 2-0 to Georgetown.
Tanner Beason is just as big as his former Stanford teammate Tomas Hilliard-Arce. Tomas Hilliard-Arce was more of a defensive defender. Beason is part of Stanford's Championship team and learned under Tomas Hilliard-Arce.
Beason has very good foot speed and is more versatile than his predecessor. Tanner Beason is more of a two-way defender compared to his predecessor. He's a good building block for the Houston Dynamo at 8.
The 5-9 155 lb Bruno Lapa has the speed, explosion, burst, stamina, and athleticism you want an MLS prospect to have. Lapa had 10 goals, 9 assists, and 29 points in 2018. Lapa led Wake Forest with 10 goals, 3 assists, and 23 points in 2019. Montreal takes the best player on the board by selecting Bruno Lapa ninth overall.
The newly rebranded Chicago Fire F.C. get the best player on the board at ten. With Mo Adams now on Atlanta United F.C. where he will replace Nagbe, Chicago now looks for a replacement to Mo Adams. Hard to believe both of their 2018 first round picks Jon Bakero and Mo Adams are no longer on the team. The 6-3 180 lb striker impressed as a freshman in 2016 with 8 goals, 1 assist, and 17 points. Berry regressed as as a sophomore, but still had a solid 5 goals, 5 assists, and 15 points in 2017. Berry had 8 goals, 2 assists, and 18 points as a junior in 2018. Berry had 17 goals, 8 assists, and 42 points in 2019. Chicago Fire F.C. gets their striker at 10 by drafting Miguel Berry to wrap up the top ten.
With Tim Howard retiring, its time for Colorado to get a successor to Clint Irwing. There is not a goalie worth taking at 11 which is why Colorado drafts the best player on the board at 11.
The 5-11 155 lb Aaron Malloy had 9 goals, 6 assists, and 24 points while helping Penn State record 6 shutouts in 2019. Aaron Malloy can play left wing, right wing, attacking midfielder, defensive midfielder, left back, or right back with his versatility. Malloy had one of the stronger 2019 MLS College Showcase performances.
San Jose gets a forward at 12. This team is loaded at midfielder so they get a successor to Chris Wondolowski here. The 6-0 170 lb Garrett McLaughlin had 16 goals, 5 assists, and 37 points in 2019. Garrett McLaughlin has the speed, stamina, shooting power, shooting accuracy, dribbling, strength, and explosion, you want a striker to have on tape.
New England gets the best player on their board at 13. The 6-4 187 lb Patrick Nielsen is a junior redshirt prospect that is considered a senior in this class.
Michigan State's center back dominated in 2018. He did not do as well in 2019, while dealing with injuries. Patrick Nielsen had good tape and was one of the better players at the 2019 MLS College Showcase. He is considered a fourth year senior despite being a junior redshirt because he got his degree this semester.