MLS Draft 2012: Andrew Wegner, Darren Mattocks Expected To Be Top Picks

MLS SuperDraft will start at noon on Thursday and be carried live on ESPN2.

For the fourth straight year, a product of Akron is expected to be among the top 5 picks in the MLS SuperDraft. This year, that player is expected to Darren Mattocks, a forward who scored 39 goals during two seasons with the Zips. Just about every mock draft out there (here's SB Nation's) has projected Mattocks to go within the top two, with Hermann Trophy winner Andrew Wegner his main competition for the top spot. It will qualify as a colossal upset if one of those two players' names aren't called by Commissioner Don Garber when the draft starts at Noon Eastern on Thursday (airing live on ESPN and online at ESPN3.com).

Who will be taking those players could end up being a bigger mystery. The scuttlebutt (don't you love that word?) is that lots of teams are talking trades and there could be a flurry of activity both before and during the draft that makes it even harder to predict.

For now, here is the draft order:

First Round
  1. Montreal Impact
  2. Vancouver Whitecaps
  3. New England Revolution
  4. Toronto FC
  5. Chivas USA
  6. San Jose Earthquakes
  7. D.C. United
  8. Portland Timbers
  9. Chicago Fire
  10. Columbus Crew
  11. FC Dallas
  12. Toronto FC
  13. Philadelphia Union
  14. Colorado Rapids
  15. Seattle Sounders
  16. Sporting Kansas City
  17. Real Salt Lake
  18. Houston Dynamo
  19. LA Galaxy
Second Round
  1. Impact
  2. Whitecaps
  3. Revolution
  4. Fire
  5. RSL
  6. Earthquakes
  7. Crew
  8. Timbers
  9. Fire
  10. Crew
  11. Sporting KC
  12. New York Red Bulls
  13. Union
  14. Earthquakes
  15. Sounders
  16. Union
  17. RSL
  18. Dynamo
  19. Galaxy

SB Nation Soccer will have live pick-by-pick coverage of the draft. Be sure to follow this StoryStream for all the latest updates.

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