2018 MLS Super Draft Results
Round 1 Picks 12-23
Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Last Updated: January 19, 2018.
San Jose Earthquakes: Paul Marie, M, Florida International C Grade
- San Jose took a third round player at 12. One person saw Marie work out in person and was shocked by how high he went. San Jose filled a need, but you can certainly argue how questionable this pick is.
Sporting Kansas City: Eric Dick, G, Butler C Grade
- Teams were torn on the top goalie in this class. Eric Dick out of Butler had the most shutouts with 9. Butler is someone Sporting Kansas City can develop for the future, but this pick feels like a reach since this team had other needs. I'm just a little surprised they went with Eric Dick who had nine shutouts in 2017.
- The 6-5 205 lb goalie had 9 shutouts in 2017 which was more then the 6 shutouts Ben Lundgaard had at Virginia Tech or the 7 shutouts Jeff Caldwell had at Virginia.
Atlanta United F.C.: Jon Gallagher, F, Notre Dame A+ Grade
- Atlanta had the luxury to ignore need and take the best player on the board. John Gallagher out of Notre Dame was the player I mocked to Atlanta in my second to last mock draft. This is a fantastic pick by Atlanta United F.C. and I feel like it warrants an A+ grade.
- Jon Gallagher had 14 goals, 7 assists, and 31 points in 2016 after having 9 goals, 3 assists, and 21 points in 2015 during his sophomore season. Gallagher had 13 goals, 2 assists, and 28 points in 2017 after winning ACC player of the year in 2016 and scoring on Miles Robinson with no time left. Gallagher is faster and quicker than both Gordon Wild and Albert Ruiz on tape. His one knock is that he may be slightly undersized at 5-9 158 lbs.
Minnesota United F.C.: Wyatt Omsberg, D, Dartmouth A+ Grade
- Minnesota traded down with Chicago and still got the center back they wanted at 15 after trading down with Chicago. Northeastern's head coach in called Wyatt Omsberg the best overall center back in the draft. Omsberg has emerged as a challenger to Tomas Hilliard-Arce for the top center back in the 2018 MLS Super Draft. The 6-4 180 lb center back has the attitude and character that the Loons were looking for at 15. This was a top 10 talent that I almost ended up mocking to Minnesota at 5. Excellent pick and an A+ grade for Minnesota.
New York Red Bulls: Brian White, M, Duke A+ Grade
- The New York Red Bulls get Brian White at 16. Someone suggested I mock White to the Red Bulls a few weeks ago. The New York Red Bulls lost 7 midfielders. I'm fairly certain this is the position the Red Bulls reload at unless they want a Generation Adidas talent like Gordon Wild. That being said, Brian White out of Duke would be a nice addition for the Red Bulls. 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.
Vancouver Whitecaps: Justin Fiddes, D, Washington A+ Grade
- Vancouver got a steal with Justin Fiddes. I'm surprised they went defense, but this is a fantastic pick.
- Justin Fiddes is a great left back for Washington at 5-11 175 lbs. He ran a 4.37 40-time and was the only prospect to run the 30-meter dash at the MLS Combine in under 4 seconds which is really impressive for a soccer player so he will get drafted in the first round. Fiddes showcased the versatility to play left back, right back, left wing, or right wing at the 2018 MLS Combine. Not only can he defend effectively, he also has the offensive awareness, speed, and dribbling to go on the attack as well.
Sporting Kansas City: Graham Smith, M, Denver A Grade
- An unorthodox pick to say the least. I like the pick though.
- The 6-3 185 lb Graham Smith transferred from Oregon State to Denver. He played both defensive midfielder and center back in 2017. Smith helped Denver get 8 shutouts and the game-winning goal to beat Omaha on October 28th in the regular season. He missed that same penalty kick in a conference tournament game where Omaha beat Denver 9-8, but Smith was on Denver's 2016 College Cup team the first year he transferred from Oregon State to Denver. Sporting Kansas City didn't have to travel very far to scout Smith and they got someone who can anchor the back line or play defensive midfielder.
New York City F.C.: Jeff Caldwell, G, Virginia B Grade
- I really don't understand the reasoning. I guess new York City F.C. had no defenders graded as first rounders. At this point, the 6-3 187 lb Jeff Caldwell out of Virginia who had 7 shutouts in 2017 is the best overall goalie on the board and my top ranked goalie in my final 2018 MLS Mock Draft. Caldwell was a player with the skill and ability to move up the boards. I know Virginia center back Sergi Nus brought up how good he was without us asking about him during our interview. New York City F.C. came to the same conclusion so I'll give this a B grade good pick.
Houston Dynamo: Michael Nelson, G, SMU D Grade
- Michael Nelson is a third round pick. He's a local and Houston took a third rounder in the top ten after trading out of the top 5 in 2017. That's why Houston got spared of an F grade. This is a reach in my opinion, but maybe they know something about Nelson the rest of the public doesn't. Houston needed a backup goalie as well with only one goalie on the active roster.
Columbus Crew S.C.: Ben Lundgaard, G, Virginia Tech B+ Grade
- Ben Lundgaard was my personal favorite goalie from the full game tape I saw. Lundgaard and Caldwell were both deserving of first round grades along with Eric Dick. I'm just surprised that four goalies got picked in the first round.
- The 6-5 200 lb Ben Lundgaard is a good goalie for the Columbus Crew and will probably . Lundgaard had a 1.70 GAA and a .761 save percentage in 2017. Lundgaard dominated as a junior, but only had 6 shutouts instead of 8 in 2017. I saw him on tape and his tape is awesome so you have to look past his stats. One more thing I'd like to add is that Lundgaard has more composure then any goalie in this class.
Seattle Sounders: Alex Roldan, M, Seattle A+ Grade
- This is another pick that I really love. Roldan gets to re-unite with his older brother. I had Roldan to Seattle in my second to last mock draft and this is a fantastic pick for Seattle at 22. Alex was a second round prospect, but rose into the first round with a dominant combine.
Minnesota United F.C.: Carter Manley, D, Duke B Grade
- The 5-11 170 lb Carter Manley can play left back, right back, or defensive midfielder. I really like this pick since it fills a need and I feel Minnesota is going to surprise people.
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