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2016 MLS Combine: Day 3 Recap



Posted By: Chris Ransom on 1/12/2016


The two games at Day 3 of the 2016 MLS Combine took place. First up was Team Ace VS Team Control. Then the second game featured Team Chaos VS Team X.


Team Ace VS Team Control Game Recap


Eric Verso started for Team Control. Verso did not have an assist today, but may have done enough to move up MLS draft boards. Justin Bilyeu did well at left back for SIU Edwardsville and may be a top 25 pick at some point. He's probably a player we will mention later.


Fabian Herbers had his best day of the 2016 MLS Combine on Day 3. North Carolina midfielder Omar Holness lined up at central midfielder once again. Holness left the field with a limping injury. With Holness and Julian Buescher both leaving the game injured, I could see Notre Dame's Patrick Hodan going ahead of both Omar Holness and Julian Buscher.


T.J. Casner had a chance to make things happen. Day 3 was Casner's best day at the 2016 MLS Combine.


North Florida right winger Alex Morrell showed great promise once again in Day 3 of the 2016 MLS Combine. Morrell had 4 goals, 7 assists, and 15 points in 2015. Morrell is only 5-2 135 lbs. Some believe Morrell should be a first round pick, but with that size its hard to make a case for him being drafted.


North Carolina center back Jonathan Campbell had an awesome day. You can argue after Joshua Yaro, he's the top center back in the 2016 MLS Super Draft. Zach Carroll showed very good offensive awareness passing the ball. Carroll also displayed good kicking accuracy on a few shots. Carroll was slow on Day 3 and that pretty much means he's a back half pick in the first round.


Yaro had more success. Joshua Yaro won a one-on-one matchup with North Carolina midfielder Omar Holness. Yaro should still be the #1 pick in the 2016 MLS Super Draft despite his struggles earlier in the first half today.


Colin Bonner of the UNC Wilmington is 6-4 215 lbs. Bonner did a great job coming in off the bench as a sub and had two strong days off the bench in the 2016 MLS Combine. He is a guy that may make a late first round push.


I think the star of Day 3 of the 2016 MLS Combine goalie was Callum Irving. Irving was phenomenal making saves for Kentucky. Generation Adidas goalie Andrew Tarbell should be the first goalie taken. At the same time, I think you can make a case for taking Irving in the late first round. I have Tarbell and Irving as the #19 and #20 overall players on my 2016 MLS Draft board.


This game ended in a 0-0 tie. This was a pretty awful Day 3 game, but Thomas Sanner shined once again and may move into the late second round.


Team Chaos VS Team X Game Recap


This was a defensive game for the first half. Liam Doyle did well once again. There are questions about his foot speed, but he's a great goal scorer. I think he will get drafted at some point even though it's starting to look like he will be a pure center back despite having the versatility to play left back, center back, right back, or defensive midfielder.


Nico Brett impressed at forward for the second day in a row. I had Brett as a top 5 pick back in August. I would not be surprsied if Brett ended up in the late first round.


Cole Seiler did well at right back on Day 3. Vincent Mitchell had a spectacular game with the first goal of the game in a 2-2 tie.


It was kind of boring watching both games end in ties. That wrapped up Day 3 of the 2016 MLS Combine. Check back, later today for my MLS Combine Stock Up Stock Down report. Later tonight, I will start my final 4 round 2016 MLS Mock Draft: 4 Rounds that will be set to post Thursday Morning.






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