Los Angeles Soccer: Bobby Warshaw

MLS DRAFT: Mock first round

January, 12, 2011
1/12/11
11:19
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The best players available in Thursday's Major League Soccer "SuperDraft"? They're below, in our mock first round. Trades will alter the order, with Real Salt Lake, in particular, looking to deal -- if anybody wants the No. 14 pick.

Several teams, the Galaxy included, could be looking to move up in the draft -- the first half-dozen or so players would help anybody, and there are a few more role players available in a class that might be better than first thought.

The draft has shrunk to just three rounds -- 54 picks -- but those not selected will be available in a four-round supplemental draft Tuesday.

And on to the picks:

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MLS DRAFT: Galaxy has choices at 16

January, 12, 2011
1/12/11
9:17
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The Galaxy would need to make a deal, maybe a big one, to move into prime territory and snag one of the two big prizes in Thursday's Major League Soccer SuperDraft (ESPN2, 9 a.m.), and we're certainly not expecting that.




Darlington Nagbe, a creative forward who has the kind of star quality his former University of Akron teammates Steve Zakuani and Teal Bunbury brought to the league in the past two drafts, would be a wonderful addition for a club looking for attacking talent. So would central midfielder Perry Kitchen, Nagbe's Akron teammate, the other can't-miss player up for grabs.

The Galaxy doesn't pick until No. 16, when they'll have a choice of several prospects with potential, a few who might be ready to contribute quickly, one of two who might fill real needs.

The Galaxy's draft:

SELECTIONS: 3 (1st round, No. 16; 2nd, No. 34; 3rd, No. 50)

PRIMARY NEEDS: A two-way midfielder and a forward with real potential, but also depth in midfield -- especially on the wings -- and along the backline.

POTENTIAL TARGETS: Big (6-foot-4), versatile North Carolina midfielder Stephen McCarthy or two-way Duke midfielder Cole Grossman would be perfect, but they'll likely be gone by the 16th pick. ... If Cal center back A.J. Soares is still around, nab him. ... Stanford's Bobby Warshaw can play in midfield or in the back. ... Akron attacking midfielder Anthony Ampaipitakwong could develop into something special with the right mentoring -- and could still be available. ... Ecuadoran forward Victor Estupinan was a combine standout. ... Akron center back Chris Korb would be a good second-round pick, if he lasts to 34. ... Sacramento State midfielder Ernesto Carranza, Loyola Marymount winger Rafael Baca or UC Irvine forward Amani Walker could be there in the third round.

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