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2011 Mock MLS SuperDraft Aggregator: Pre-Combine

Posted on 12 January 2011 by Breton Bonnette

With the Combine done and over with and all of the discussion surrounding who did well and who didn’t, we all wait for the final pre-Super Draft Mock Drafts to come out. We forgot to put up the Pre-Combine results, however, so here they are. We did them in the same fashion as last year – aggregating the best and most qualified Mock Drafts out there. Take a look below at where your favorite prospect is projected to end up.

Remember that this is PRE-Combine. We’ll try and get a Post-Combine up to see whose stock fell and whose rose before tomorrow’s SuperDraft in Baltimore (where despite the snow, we’ll be…).

Pre-Combine Participants (9 total)

SoccerbyIves.net – Ives Galarcep

Goal.com – J.R. Eskilson

WVHooligan – Drew Epperley

International Sports Network – Derrick Smith

Houston Chronicle – Darrell Lovell

MLSSoccer.com – Simon Borg, Jason Seghini, Travis Clark

ASN Philly – Breton Bonnette, Sam Toma

Aggregated Mock MLS SuperDraft – PreCombine

#1 Vancouver Whitecaps – Darlington Nagbe – F (Akron) [AVG 1.56, 5x#1, 3x#2]

It’s not like last year with Mwanga having signed a pre-Draft agreement that made him the unanimous number one. Nagbe is still the projected #1, by a hair.

#2 Portland Timbers – Perry Kitchen – D (Akron) [AVG 1.78, 4x#1, 3x#2, 2x#3]

#3 D.C. United – Kofi Sarkodie – D (Akron) [AVG 4.78, 6x#4, 1x#2, 1x#12]

#4 Chivas USA – Will Bruin – F (Indiana) [AVG 5.33, 4x#3, 2x#9]

#5 Philadelphia Union – Zarek Valentin – D (Akron) [AVG 6.33, 4x#5, 1x#3, 1x#15]

He probably would have averaged higher but somebody was under the impression Valentin would fall to #15. That skewed his average quite a bit. Still, though, 4 mock drafts saw him heading to Philadelphia.

#6 New England Revolution – Omar Salgado – F (US U-20s) [AVG 7.44, 2x#7, 1x#2, 1x2nd Round]

#7 Houston Dynamo – A.J Soares – D (California) [AVG 8.67, 2x#7, 3x#9, 1x#13]

#8 Vancouver Whitecaps – Jalil Anibaba – D (UNC) [AVG 9.44, 2x#8, 2x#9, 3x#10]

Ives Galarcep’s best performer of the Combine. Should move up in the draft.

#9 Chicago Fire – Corey Hertzog – F (Penn State) [AVG 9.44, 3x#6, 1x#5, 1x2nd Round]

Hertzog should move up after a decent Combine. Surprisingly, however, only 1 mock draft put him as a Philadelphia Union selection.

#10 Sporting Kansas City – Zac MacMath – GK (Maryland [AVG 10.78, 5x#11, 1x#4]

#11 Seattle Sounders – Michael Nanchoff – M (Akron) [AVG 11.00, 3x#12, 2x#8, 1x#14] 

#12 Columbus Crew – Anthony Ampaipitakwong – F (Akron) [AVG 12.78, 2x#12, 1x#11, 1x2nd Round]

#13 New York Red Bulls – Michael Farfan – M (UNC) [AVG 12.89, 2x#13, 1x#6, 2x#15, 1x2nd Round]

#14 Real Salt Lake – Justin Meram – F (Michigan) [AVG 14.44, 3x#15, 1x#6, 2x#17]

#15 San Jose Earthquakes – Joao Plata  – F (Ecuador) [AVG 15.56, 1x#2, 1x#5, 7x2nd Round]

At 5’3″ and with only the Combine footage to go off of, even with a good showing in Florida Plata probably won’t move up much.

#16 Los Angeles Galaxy – Stephen McCarthy – M (UNC) [AVG 15.67, 3x#17, 1x#10, 2x2nd Round]

#17 FC Dallas – Michael Tetteh – D (UCSB) [AVG 15.78, 1x#8, 1x#12, 5x2nd Round]

#18 Colorado Rapids – Ashley McInnes – M (Tulsa) [AVG 17.44, 2x#14, 2x#17, 5x2nd Round]

Post-MLS Combine, there are definitely some names that should be moving up this list and into contention – the most major being the dimunitive Joao Plata who was the Combine’s leading scorer and currently sits at #15 and taken by the San Jose Earthquakes. Surprising fact? A whopping six Akron Zips are projected to go first round. Impressive.

These obviously have nothing to do with team wants or needs but it’s interesting nevertheless.

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MLS Combine: An interview with Akron’s Zarek Valentin

Posted on 04 January 2011 by Breton Bonnette

ASN Philly has an interview with potential top five pick in this year’s SuperDraft Zarek Valentin.

Zarek Valentin leaves the Akron Zips as a 19-year old NCAA Champion with boundless potential and a  near future, at least, that lies in Major League Soccer. The Lancaster, PA native has left quite the footprint in only two seasons, one  that has been duplicated on the international level with Thomas Rongen’s U-20s as well. A  local product projected to be a top 5 pick in this year’s SuperDraft and a starter of every game as a Zip, regardless of where he ends up in Major League Soccer, he looks set to do well. And if his rookie year is not with the Union, there will still be fans in and around Philadelphia wishing nothing but the best for his professional career. Valentin, however, is one of two potential first rounders that are local products. Both Zarek and Penn State’s Corey Hertzog (a Reading native) could very well be on Coach Nowak’s shortlist heading into the SuperDraft. A defender known for his composure and proper distribution out of the back, at only 19 and on big stages, could be the best pick to make. Only time will tell but wherever Valentin ends up, he’ll be one Philly area prospect to keep an eye on.

The interview is over at ASN Philly.

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