The 5-7 150 lb Josh Drack scored 5 goals, 3 assists, and 13 points in 2019 during his only season with the Denver Pioneers. Drack also helped Denver record 6 shutouts and win the Summit League despite posting a losing record in 2019.
Josh Drack played right back at Grand Canyon before transferring to Denver where he played some forward before moving to left back at the MLS Combine. Josh Drack can play left wing, right wing, left back, or right back with his versatility. He also has a very high soccer IQ. Good pick by the Los Angeles Galaxy here even though this draft has had more reaches than the last few MLS Drafts.
Minnesota gave New York City F.C. $50,000 in Allocation Money for this pick and New York City F.C. will receive an additional $25,000 if Justin McMaster plays 25 MLS games. The 5-9 165 lb Justin McMaster may have the best kicking power and kicking accuracy of any prospect I've seen on tape in this draft despite receiving limited minutes at Wake Forest. If he didn't tear his ACL in 2019, he'd probably be in my top 10. I strongly considered McMaster at 15 when F.C. Dallas was on the clock. Justin McMaster is an excellent addition for any team drafting in the top twenty.
Minnesota gave up 25 and $50,000 in allocation money to move up to this pick. They got one of the three top seven players on the board though.
The 6-3 180 lb Nabi Kibunguchy has the best athleticism of any center back in the 2021 MLS Super Draft. His offensive awareness is good as he has the kicking power and kicking accuracy to execute short and medium passes. Kicking accuracy on deep balls along with defensive awareness are two big areas that Kibunguchy needs to improve in, but the upside to be the top center back in this draft is there if he corrects these two areas of his game due to having outstanding athleticism.
I posted a film cut of UC Davis center back Nabi Kibunguchy VS Loyola Marymount. The game film where UC Davis lost their 2019 game to Louisville is on Youtube today. Nabi Kibunguchy held UCSB to a shutout and they have a first round prospect in Rodney Michael. Nabi Kibunguchy had 10 good plays and 5 bad plays versus Loyola Marymount.
Orlando City S.C. traded up to 8 for Derek Dodson and somehow got his teammate Rio Hope-Gund at 19. This team has done well on draft day and they still have pick 22.
The 6-0 170 lb Rio Hope-Gund is Geogetown's best center back since Joshua Yaro. He was on a Georgetown team that recorded 13 shutouts as their center back with teammate Dylan Nealis. He kept Edward Kizza in check in Georgetown's 5-0 tournament win over Pittsburgh despite missing some games with injuries. He did well on tape against Ryan Raposo too in Georgetown's opener versus Syracuse.
If Rio Hope-Gund was more durable, he'd probably be in my top 10. To be fair, it's a very strong defenseman group, and there are a few mocks who have Rio Hope-Gund and Dylan Nealis re-uniting on Inter Miami CF, so I could be way off on this pick. Orlando decides to put Rio hope-Gund on the same team as Derek Dodson.
Nashville reached here. To be fair, they read our mock since their front office read three mock drafts with Derek Dodson at 20. I mocked Dodson at 20 before Orlando City S.C. traded up to 8 to get him. Nashville read our mock which is the only reason I'm sparing their organization from an F grade.
Aedan Stanley didn't impress me when I saw Duke in person against Pittsburgh. He got a lot better on tape in the USL. Austin FC gave up $50,000 to get this pick from the Colorado Rapids. The Rapids move up for Philip Mayaka and still manage to get $50,000 of the $200,000 they gave Houston back by moving down.
Orlando got two center backs after losing Kamal Miller. The 6-3 175 lb Brandon Hackenberg helped Penn State record 6 shutouts in 2019. He's also the younger brother of former New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg.
Christian Hackenberg got to fail at quarterback with the New York Jets. His little brother gets to go to Disney World. I'm kidding he's playing for an MLS team near Disney World.
Vancouver reaches for a one year starter at 23. The 5-11 160 lb Javian Brown was a one-year starter at South Florida. I like Javian Brown and he gives Vancouver a right back for depth. That doesn't change the fact that this pick is a reach though.
How the hell did Edward Kizza drop to New England? I know he got dismissed from Pittsburgh, but he had a good MLS Combine. He looked like a top 5 prospect on tape at one point so this is a huge steal for the Revolution. This is such a huge steal that I joked about Rob Kraft taking everyone on the Revolution's scouting department to a salon. Heading into the summer he was considered a candidate to go first overall.
The 5-9 170 lb Edward Kizza was a top 50 recruit out of Montverde Academy High School in Florida where he took over for 2019 MLS Rookie Of The Year Andre Shinyashiki before enrolling into Pittsburgh in 2017 after being born in Uganda. Kizza's impact with this Pittsburgh soccer team speaks for itself.
Edward Kizza had 4 goals, 3 assists, and 11 points in his true freshman season with Pittsburgh helping the Pitt Panthers defeat some of their more prominent rivals like West Virginia and Penn State as a true freshman while scoring goals against ranked teams like North Carolina and Syracuse in 2017. As a sophomore Kizza led the ACC with 15 goals in 2018 while leading Pitt to a home win over Clemson. Kizza dominated on tape against quality opponents like Indiana, Virginia, Duke, and North Carolina State in 2019 with 12 goals, 4 assists, 28 points, 60 shots, and a .500 shots on goal percentage. Virginia was undefeated until Pittsburgh won on the road at Virginia.
Edward Kizza has the speed, kicking power, kicking accuracy, and passing you want a striker to have. He is an offensive dynamo, but you'd like to see him do more defensively. Despite that, the leadership traits are there as I went to Pittsburgh's last two games at Ambrose Urbanic Field where Pitt hosted Duke and Lehigh. Kizza showed assertiveness and leadership traits that MLS coaches want to see in those two games. He's also compassionate off the field and just a remarkable student athlete that carries himself with a lot of integrity.
Edward Kizza did get dismissed from Pittsburgh for undisclosed reasons. Despite this, he still scored a goal during the 2020 MLS College Invitational Combine. I've seen two of Kizza's games in person, and did two film cuts of the exhibition games that Kizza participated in.
I posted a film cut of Pittsburgh forward Edward Kizza VS Wake Forest. I have another film cut of Kizza versus Louisville on our Youtube Channel which you can watch by subscribing to Draft Utopia on Youtube.
Great pick for Toronto. Not only did they get Allocation Money, they also got a top thirteen prospect on our board as well as the best left back in the entire draft at 25. Left back was a huge need for Toronto F.C. as well.
The 5-10 160 lb Matt Di Rosa played left back at Maryland for the past three seasons. Matt Di Rosa became a full-time starter on Maryland in 2018 playing both left back and left wing when Maryland recorded 13 shutouts and won the 2018 College Cup. Matt Di Rosa helped Maryland record 11 shutouts in 2019 even without Dayne St. Clair at goalie. Matt Di Rosa is versatile enough to play left back and left wing which is why he's my top ranked left back in this class.
The 6-6 215 lb Aime Mabika is the biggest player in the 2021 MLS Super Draft. He also competed in the 2020 MLS College Invitational Combine. He looked great defending against Louisville in Kentucky's 3-1 win over Louisville. I'd post a film cut of him if I had more free time leading up to Thursday's 2021 MLS Super Draft, but trust me when I say he's a top 15 talent, but not a top ten talent that the media is hyping him up to be. He fell to 26, but at least Inter Miami C.F. fixed one of their two holes at center back.
The 5-11 175 lb Justin Malou played left back at Clemson for his first three seasons. He made the transition to center back in 2020. He's also versatile enough to play right back. You can line Malou up anywhere on defense. He needs to be more aggressive when opponents create scoring chances. Malou is reliable though since he got promoted to team captain on Clemson in 2020. Columbus needed a right back which is why this pick got an A- grade.