Mock MLS Draft 2013: SBN has Andrew Farrell going No. 1

Major League Soccer

The MLS blog editors from around SBN assembled to give their collective impression of how the draft will play out. This is what they decided. For more detailed explanations of the picks, visit the individual blogs.

1. Toronto FC - Andrew Farrell

Toronto FC can't afford to just focus on addresing their needs as there are just too many of them to deal with and they only have two selections. Instead, they should just focus on the top player in the draft and that is Andrew Farrell who is ready to contribute at a number of positions in 2013 should he get the call. - Waking the Red

2. Chivas USA - Carlos Alvarez

Carlos Alvarez is an attacking midfielder who bolstered UCONN's attack for the past couple of years. One of the bigger names in the draft this year, any team would be glad to have someone with his technical and goal scoring abilities. - The Goat Parade

3. Toronto FC - Eriq Zavaleta

Danny Koevermans, Eric Hassli, and Justin Braun: the reasons why Toronto FC would be wise to look at a player like Zavaleta in this years draft. Play him in the number 9 role, give Luis Silva more freedom to push forward, and let him create for the club's collection of big forwards. With lots of defenders on the roster now taking the best forward in the draft seems like a good move. - Waking the Red

4. New England Revolution - Jason Johnson

Walker Zimmerman might have been the safe choice, given New England's success with defenders in the SuperDraft, but bolstering the forward corps is always easier at the top of the draft. Jason Johnson is a complete striker, and was the best forward available at number four. - The Bent Musket

5. Vancouver Whitecaps - Kyle Bekker

With Gershon Koffie sure to leave in the near future, and the abysmal performance of Barry Robson, the 'Caps need help at midfield. This young Canadian will surely fill the void, and then some. - 86 Forever

6. Colorado Rapids - DeShorn Brown

The Colorado Rapids are likely to either go with a forward or a central defender in the draft, considering the stacked midfield that Oscar Pareja has put together over the off-season. If Johnson and Zavaleta are both off the board, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Rapids go for DeShorn Brown to add another option into the depth chart at outside striker. Walker Zimmerman would have been another possibility, and he's probably more likely to be Colorado's pick if he's still on the board at No. 6. - Burgundy Wave

7. FC Dallas - John Stertzer

It came down to choosing between Stertzer and Dillon Powers for this pick and FC Dallas goes with the ACC kid. FCD loves the ACC and will be very familiar with Stertzer who played four years with recent homegrown signing London Woodberry. - Big D Soccer

8. Montreal Impact - Ryan Finley

The Impact are set at the back with veteran Serie A players and some younger talent as backup. With the #8 pick, Montreal needs to get the most talented offensive player available. With only Andrew Wenger and Marco Di Vaio as full-time forwards/strikers, getting young talent through the draft is a must have. I would have liked to have selected Carlos Alvarez or Deshorn Brown but they were both already taken. Ryan Finley represents a young talent that can step in right away. Could he be competition to Andrew Wenger? most probably. But the Impact need more depth and options at this point and Ryan Finlet's scoring abilities cannot be passed on. - Mount Royal Soccer

9. Columbus Crew - Mikey Lopez

Lopez is another technical midfielder to build for the future. Together with Wil Trapp and Ben Speas, the Crew will have a trio of players who know what to do with the ball at their feet. - Massive Report

10. Whitecaps - Jonathan Mendoza

Another midfielder, Mendoza would be a player Martin Rennie would love, as he is one of the most versatile players in the superdraft. - 86 Forever

11. Chicago Fire - Walker Zimmerman

The Fire already have some solid center backs in German international Arne Friedrich, 2013 Rookie of the Year Austin Berry and Jalil Anibaba. However, an injury to any of them would leave the Men in Red remarkably thin on the back line. So when Zimmerman was amazingly still available with pick No. 11, it was a no-brainer. The Fire can find any other pieces they need in the transfer window. - Hot Time in Old Town

12. Real Salt Lake - Kekuta Manneh

Real Salt Lake's need for forwards is well-established, and given that Manneh is a Generation Adidas player, it was hard to pass up a promising goalscorer. - RSL Soapbox

13. Houston Dynamo - Dylan Tucker-Gangnes

An aerial threat while still possessing solid defensive ability. Will fit in comfortably at central defense with Brunner and eventually Boswell and Taylor. - Dynamo Theory

14. Sporting KC - Dillon Powers

Sporting Kansas City's moves earlier in the off-season have made it so they don't have a particular hole to fill on their roster. They really only need some more depth at midfielder, which is why the Daily Wiz selected Dillon Powers in Sporting KC's only pick. This Notre Dame central midfielder could come in handy during the Gold Cup if Zusi and/or Feilhaber are called up for USMNT action. - The Daily Wiz

15. San Jose Earthquakes - Eric Schoenle

A 6' 2" tall, technical central defender who is "a Beast in the air" especially on set pieces (offensively and defensively) and who can provide depth at a spot that Ike Opara vacated. - Quake, Rattle and Goal

16. Seattle Sounders - Eric Hurtado

As Eric Hurtado fell in the mock draft it was an opportunity to add an attacking players who is strong with the ball at his feet and a quality finisher over four years. The Seattle Sounders would konw his skill set well as he played college in California and was a Timbers U23 player. - Sounder at Heart

17. DC United - Jose Gomez

Gomez fits United's M.O. as a team that just wants the best player, regardless of position. He also fits the positional needs of a club that has let Branko Boskovic return to Europe, may or may not extend Raphael Augusto's loan through 2013, and has a 34 year old coming off a fairly serious knee injury in Dwayne De Rosario who will probably need time off for the Gold Cup. Basically, if our mock draft matches the real draft, it would be hard to explain taking anyone but Jose Gomez at #17. - Black and Red United

18. Impact - Tommy Muller

Even if he is a center back, having a defender of the quality of Muller available at that position was a great opportunity. With Karl W Ouimette already with the pro team, there is a congestion at the center back role but this would be a move for the future. Tagged as a well rounded player with smart timing, his addition to the Impact will add depth. As much as we like to think that Montreal is deep defensively, age and injury have both shown their respective ugly heads. A bit similar to Zarek Valentin with his versatility as a potential right back, I still believe in depth on the defensive side. - Mount Royal Soccer

19. LA Galaxy - Donnie Smith

This might be a bit of a reach here, but the Charlotte product would give the Galaxy some options in the left midfield.

Round 2

20. FC Dallas - Blake Smith

His stock has reportedly been hurt by a lackluster combine, but FC Dallas still can't believe their luck that Smith, the top true winger in the draft, is available at #20 overall. Needing an impact super sub winger to come off the bench, Dallas happily snaps him up. - Big D Soccer

21. Revolution - Jimmy Nealis

Left-back has been a point of weakness for the Revolution for years, and with needs up front addressed in the first round, it was time to think fullbacks. Jimmy Nealis is widely considered the best - or one of the best - left-back prospects in the draft, and his ability to provide competition on the outside for Tyler Polak and Chris Tierney will be invaluable. - The Bent Musket

22. New York Red Bulls - Marc Cintron

With Paulo Sousa expected to bring his 4-3-3/4-5-1 to New York and the Red Bulls lack of midfield depth, Andy Roxburgh & Co. will likely look to bring in a winger with their lone draft pick. Marc Cintron is a local kid with some speed who would fill that role nicely. Also, it's impossible not to write about the Puerto Rican international without mentioning he scored against Spain. So, yeah, Marc Cintron scored against Spain. - Once a Metro

23. Revolution - Ashton Bennet

Though Jason Johnson would be expected to provide plenty of competition for Saer Sene and Jerry Bengtson up top, the contingent at striker remains thin with the inconsistent production of Dimitry Imbongo and Diego Fagundez. Ashton Bennet is projected by some as a first-round talent; if he's available in the second, the Revs would be crazy not to take him. - The Bent Musket

24. LA Galaxy - Kory Kindle

The CSU Bakersfield product would give the Galaxy some quality at outside back and would seem to fit Bruce Arena's preferred style of play.

25. Rapids - Ian Christianson

Colorado has a fairly stacked midfield at the moment, but adding another attacking option won't hurt as Oscar Pareja continues to add depth to the team. If Jaime Castrillon ends up being sold, the extra depth certainly would be welcome. - Burgundy Wave

26. Philadelphia Union - Dylan Remick

An athletic outside back with a brain to boot. Certainly not the biggest name, but could go earlier than some expect.

27. Impact - Taylor Kemp

The Impact have been very shy with offense coming from the sides. Kemp represents an excellent option for 1-on-1 situations while still being able to adapt to an offensive system that Marco Schallibaum wants to implement. Overlapping and crossing are part of what the Impact want to do more of and Taylor Kemp seems to deliver on both. - Mount Royal Soccer

28. Crew - Joe Franco

The Crew pick up a technical left back who can also defend, filling an immediate hole. - Massive Report

29. Union - John Gallagher

Yes, another defender. Gallagher is a local product, having attended Penn State, and could be a quality backup for Gabriel Farfan.

30. Rapids - Jose Diaz

At some point in the draft, the Rapids will need to add defensive depth, since that's still the worst part of the squad. Diaz may be a project, but could eventually be groomed into the 'big centerback' archetype that the Rapids have lacked since Julien Baudet was traded. - Burgundy Wave

31. Real Salt Lake - Nicolas Clavijo

Clavijo is a young American-born midfielder with experience in Uruguay's second division and at Ft. Lauderdale Strikers. He's also the son of FC Dallas's technical manager (and former Colorado Rapids manager) Fernando Clavijo. - RSL Soapbox

32. Impact - Greg Cochrane

In the same line as Taylor Kemp, Cochrane seems to also offer that versatility as a left midfielder and left back. In a possible 3-man defensive line, having more options on the left side for Montreal is key but draftees are still projects that needs to be worked on. - Mount Royal Soccer

33. Earthquakes - Devon Sandoval

A large target forward who has been declared a 'Steven Lenhart in the making' would be an awesome addition to the Quakes when Alan Gordon is out injured and Lenhart is suspended due to Yellow Card accumulation. - Quake, Rattle and Goal

34. Earthquakes - Dan Delgado

A midfielder called a true number 10 who has a lethal left foot and a very high soccer IQ. He is the complete midfielder that can hold possession, distribute the ball well and assist in goals all day. He can fill the place that the hoped to get from Tressor Moreno and Geovanni but didn't. - Quake, Rattle and Goal

35. Sounders - Machael David

Some draft previews see Machael David as a borderline first round talent. While the Sounders have Osvaldo Alonso already the ability to add a locally raised, California schooled defensive midfielder in the late second round could not be overlooked. - Sounder at Heart

36. Revolution - Chris Thomas

At this point, it's still all about providing competition up front. Saer Sene can't be expected to score all the goals, and with Jerry Bengtson expected to miss significant time with Honduras this season, casting a wide net and hoping to strike it big with these forwards is a sound strategy for a Revolution club that is relatively deep everywhere else. Chris Thomas is another player who might have first-round talent, and if he's still available this late, it would be a good idea to take him. - The Bent Musket

37. Dynamo - Emery Welshman

Welshman is an athletic, pacey forward who does not hesitate to take defenders on one v one. Reminds me of an early Calen Carr, and will eventually take over that role for Carr. - Dynamo Theory

38. Galaxy - Michael Bustamante

The Boston University product was a midfielder in college, but some seem to think he could have a future as an outside back.

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