They’re Mock Drafts of course but they still represent the view of relatively knowledgeable individuals, those that took the MLS Combine in first hand. With that said, the Union drafted UCLA forward Chandler Hoffman (leading goalscorer in the PAC-12) at #13 and were probably surprised to do so. There was no known reason (as of yet) to see Hoffman fall there as he was seen overall, especially after the MLS Combine, as a top 5 pick.
Hoffman was a freshman with Amobi Okugo at UCLA when Kyle Nakazawa was a senior so the Bruin influence is strong with the Union and should only get stronger. The 6’0′ striker left the Bruins as the first player since American international Joe Max-Moore to score 18 goals in a season. As a Generations Adidas pick, the Union will not have to count his salary against the salary cap. The UCLA junior joins an impressive forward crop that consists of Le Toux, Mwanga, new signing Josue Martinez, and Jack McInerney. With the versatility of both Le Toux and McInerney, it doesn’t necessarily mean that someone is on their way out as rumors about a Mwanga trade inside Major League Soccer have since been beaten back.
More to come…
You can follow Hoffman on Twitter at @chandala.