Early Look :: 2016 MLS Draft

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HGP Board

Seattle Sounders :: Jordan Morris :: Stanford :: Junior ::

Philadelphia Union :: Connor Maloney :: Penn State :: Junior ::

New York Red Bulls :: Brandon Allen :: Georgetown :: Senior ::

Chicago Fire :: Grant Lillard :: Indiana :: Sophomore ::

Chicago Fire :: Joey Calistri :: Northwestern :: Senior ::

Seattle Sounders :: Jeff Caldwell :: Virginia :: Sophomore ::

San Jose Earthquakes :: Joshua Morton :: California :: Sophomore ::

Columbus Crew :: Andrew Souders :: Akron :: Senior ::

New York Red Bulls :: Adam Najem :: Akron :: Junior ::

Vancouver Whitecaps :: Callum Irving :: Kentucky :: Senior ::

Colorado Rapids :: Idrissa Camara :: SMU :: Senior ::


Crown Jewel of Seattle :: Stanford Junior Jordan Morris (Photo Courtesy Stanford Daily Online)
Crown jewel of Seattle: Stanford junior Jordan Morris (Photo courtesy of Stanford Daily Online)

I doubt the Sounders will fail to land college soccer’s most dynamic player after the 2015 season. Seattle could have to fend off European interest for Morris as he continues to be the apple of Coach Klinsmann’s eye. Look for the Earthquakes to Cal Bears center back and academy product Joshua Morton. The Quakes watched as local products Christian Dean (De Anza Force) and Steve Birnbaum (California) blossom into MLS and USMNT pool players. I don’t think they will let Morton slip through the cracks.

Imposing Cal CB :: Joshua Morton (Photo Courtesy of Cal Bears)
Imposing Cal CB: Joshua Morton (Photo courtesy of Cal Bears)

The Chicago Fire boast one of the top academies in the nation. They will begin to reap the rewards of their fruitful academy with two of the Big Ten’s top players. Grant Lillard, 6’5′ defender at Indiana, and Joey Calistri, tricky midfielder at Northwestern, would provide depth to the Fire’s youthful roster in the upcoming years.

Indiana Defender :: Grant Lillard (Photo Courtesy IU Hooisers)
Indiana defender Grant Lillard (Photo courtesy of IU Hoosiers)

Other HGPs might include US youth players Brandon Allen, Jeff Caldwell and Andrew Souders. Allen would likely be a top-ten pick in the MLS draft if NYRB decline his option. Souders is an excellent defender at nearby Akron who could develop into an MLS starter if given time with Berhalter. Caldwell, a North Carolina native, has spent lots of time with Seattle and OWTY has learned the Cascadia club has the inside track to sign the ’97 USYNT goalkeeper.


Generation Adidas Board

Joshua Yaro :: Georgetown :: Junior *

Abu Danladi :: UCLA :: Sophomore *

Omar Holness :: North Carolina :: Junior *

Fabian Herbers :: Creighton :: Junior *

Lindo Mfeka :: USF :: Junior

Ricky Lopez-Espin :: Creighton :: Sophomore

Michael Amick :: UCLA :: Junior

Guillermo Delgado :: Delaware :: Junior

Ludwig Ahl :: UC-Santa Barbara :: Sophomore *

* Players we believe would accept GA offer

Georgetown's Josh Yaro is a lock for the #1
Georgetown’s Josh Yaro is a lock at #1

Like last season, MLS will go hard after Georgetown’s dominant defender Josh Yaro, who outside of Morris, has the most potential of anyone in college soccer. Yaro will be joined by UCLA’s Abu Danladi as a must get for MLS as they continue to secure the most talented prospects. I believe that both Yaro and Danladi could start in MLS in the 2015 season. Other GA targets include UNC’s Jamaican Omar Holness and former Barcelona youth target Lindo Mfeka who is doing great things at USF. Look for GA offers to extend all the way into Omaha, Nebraska, as Creighton’s German hit-man Fabian Herbers is one of the most exciting players in the NCAA. He will likely be courted by MLS as well as a number of German clubs.

Speed Demon :: UCLA's Abu Danladi (Photo Courtesy Daily Bruin)
Speed demon: UCLA’s Abu Danladi (Photo courtesy of The Daily Bruin)

MLS scouts will also keep a close eye on Guillermo Delgado who plays a mid-major schedule, as well as Creighton’s sophomore striker Ricky Lopez-Espin, who is recovering from knee injury that saw him sidelined for the better part of 2014. Prior to his injury, the 6’2” Shattuck-St. Mary’s product was the best freshman in college soccer and a real option in the US U–20 pool as a skilled target forward with a professional build.

Creighton's Ricky Lopez-Espin was NCAA's top Freshman prior to injury (Photo Courtest White & Blue Review)
Creighton’s Ricky Lopez-Espin was NCAA’s top freshman prior to injury (Photo courtesy of White & Blue Review)


Big Board

1. Joshua Yaro :: Defender :: Georgetown :: Junior *

2. Abu Danladi :: Forward :: UCLA :: Sophomore *

3. Brandon Vincent :: Defender :: Stanford :: Senior

Stanford's Brandon Vincent is top Senior in 2016 (Photo Courtest Stanford Daily Online)
Stanford’s Brandon Vincent is top Senior in 2016 (Photo courtesy of Stanford Daily Online)

4. Omar Holness :: Forward :: North Carolina :: Junior *

5. Patrick Hodan :: Midfielder :: Notre Dame :: Senior

6. Mael Corboz :: Midfielder :: Maryland :: Senior

7. Ludwig Ahl :: Midfielder :: UC-Santa Barbara :: Sophomore *

UCSB's Ludwig Ahl is one of more talented players in D1 (Photo Courtesy of UCSB Gauchos)
UCSB’s Ludwig Ahl is one of more talented players in D-1 (Photo courtesy of UCSB Gauchos)

8. James Moberg :: Midfielder :: Washington :: Senior

9. Walker Hume :: Defender :: North Carolina :: Senior

10. Fabian Herbers :: Midfielder :: Creighton :: Junior *

Fabian Herbers will have to decide between future in MLS or Germany (Photo Courtesy of White & Blue Review)
Fabian Herbers will have to decide between future in MLS or Germany (Photo courtesy of White & Blue Review)

11. Larry Ndjock :: Forward :: UCLA :: Senior

12. Darius Madison :: Midfielder :: Virginia :: Senior

13. Kyle Parker :: Forward :: Charlotte :: Senior

14. Holden Fender :: Defender :: NC State :: Senior

15. Cadowuona Nortey :: Midfielder :: Marquette :: Senior

16. Michael Gamble :: Forward :: Wake Forest :: Senior

Michael Gamble has lots of upside
Michael Gamble has lots of upside

17. Zach Carroll :: Defender :: Michigan State :: Senior

18. Timo Pitter :: Midfielder :: Creighton :: Senior

19. Jordan Vale :: Midifelder :: UCLA :: Senior

20. Wade Hamilton :: Goalkeeper :: Cal Poly :: Senior

21. Todd Wharton :: Midfielder :: Virginia :: Senior

22. Faik Hajderovic :: Midfielder :: Evansville :: Senior

Assist King :: Evansville's Faik Hajderovic is a diamond in the rough (Photo Courtesy of STL-Soccer.net)
Assist king: Evansville’s Faik Hajderovic is a diamond in the rough (Photo courtesy of SoccerSTL.net)

23. Kendall McIntosh :: Goalkeeper :: Santa Clara :: Senior

24. Zachary Mathers :: Midfielder :: Duke :: Senior

25. Johnathan Campbell :: Defender :: North Carolina :: Senior

* GA players

10 Comments on Early Look :: 2016 MLS Draft

  1. Look out for Timmy Mueller at Oregon State to possibly be a Generation Adidas player. Kid has size, speed, and talent.

  2. #6 Mael Corboz is RBNY HG, if that affects your board. Brandon Allen more likely to pass on RBNY and be drafted in the 6 slot.

  3. Look out for will bagrou from mercer university as a generation Adidas prospect. 6’2 with speed, 12 goals and 5 assists. Led the So Con in goals and garnered freshman of the years honors. He’s the real deal.

  4. Just because talent does not get nationally televised, does not mean it doesn’t exist. Check out Conrod Goulbourne Jr. At West Texas A&M. The kids got the heart and passion…the love of the sport and mad talent.

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