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Mocking the 2018 MLS SuperDraft

Hudson River Blue and the other SB Nation MLS team sites play out the first two rounds of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft. Who will New York City FC go with?

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In preparation of the first two rounds of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft on Friday, Hudson River Blue and the other SB Nation MLS team sites completed our very own mock draft. While there’s bound to be at least a few trades during the real thing, we kept it straightforward for our purposes. Here’s the first round:

  1. Los Angeles FC – Tomas Hilliard-Arce (Stanford)
  2. LA Galaxy – Mason Toye (Indiana)
  3. D.C. United – Chris Mueller (Wisconsin)
  4. Montreal Impact – Francis Atuahene (Michigan)
  5. Minnesota United – Jon Bakero (Wake Forest)
  6. Orlando City – Wyatt Omsberg (Dartmouth)
  7. Montreal Impact – Tristan Blackmon (Pacific)
  8. New England Revolution – Joao Moutinho (Akron)
  9. New England Revolution – Ema Twumasi (Wake Forest)
  10. Real Salt Lake – Mo Thiaw (Louisville)
  11. FC Dallas – Eddie Opoku (Virginia)
  12. San Jose Earthquakes – Drew Skundrich (Stanford)
  13. Sporting Kansas City – Rafael Andrade Santos (VCU)
  14. Atlanta United – Tim Kubel (Louisville)
  15. Chicago Fire – Ken Krolicki (Michigan State)
  16. New York Red Bulls – Brian White (Duke)
  17. Vancouver Whitecaps – Mo Adams (Syracuse)
  18. Sporting Kansas City – Chris Lema (Georgetown)
  19. New York City FC – Alan Winn (UNC)
  20. Houston Dynamo – Ben Lundgaard (VA Tech)
  21. Columbus Crew SC – Jon Gallagher (Notre Dame)
  22. Seattle Sounders – Alex Roldan (Seattle)
  23. Toronto FC – Oliver Shannon (Clemson)

With the 19th pick we went with forward/winger Alan Winn out of the University of North Carolina. Much of the offseason has been devoted to the defense thus far, so offense was definitely our focus of the mock draft. Winn provides some versatility with his ability to play up front or out wide and his speed could add a much needed boost to an offense that ran out of steam toward the end of last season.

Here’s the second round:

  1. (24) LAFC – Justin Fiddes (Washington)
  2. (25) Colorado Rapids – Daniel Musovski (UNLV)
  3. (26) Vancouver Whitecaps – Gordon Wild (Maryland)
  4. (27) Colorado Rapids – Manuel Cordeiro (Akron)
  5. (28) Minnesota United – Brandon Bye (Western Michigan)
  6. (29) FC Dallas – Mauro Cichero (SMU)
  7. (30) San Jose Earthquakes – Ricky Lopez-Espin (Creighton)
  8. (31) New York Red Bulls – Markus Fjortoft (Duke)
  9. (32) Columbus Crew SC – Frantzdy Pierrot (Coastal Carolina)
  10. (33) Real Salt Lake – Jefferson Caldwell (Virginia)
  11. (34) FC Dallas – Cory Brown (Xavier)
  12. (35) San Jose Earthquakes – Jose Carrera-Garcia (Cal)
  13. (36) Atlanta United – Diego Campos (Clemson)
  14. (37) Atlanta United – Carter Manley (Duke)
  15. (38) Chicago Fire – Marcelo Acuna (VA Tech)
  16. (39) New York Red Bulls – Afonso Pinheiro (Albany)
  17. (40) LA Galaxy – Eric Dick (Butler)
  18. (41) Minnesota United – Mark Segbers (Wisconsin)
  19. (42) NYCFC – Arthur Bosua (Columbia)
  20. (43) Houston Dynamo – Ben White (Gonzaga)
  21. (44) Columbus Crew SC – Stu Holthusen (Akron)
  22. (45) Seattle Sounders – Paul Christensen (Portland)
  23. (46) Toronto FC – Albert Ruiz (FGCU)

At pick no. 42 we went with Arthur Bosua, a forward from Columbia University. If it wasn’t good enough that he already has experience playing soccer in the Bronx, Bosua also played for NYCFC’s Premier Development League affiliate, the Long Island Rough Riders. As mentioned previously, the two-time Ivy League Player of the Year could slot in as the backup to David Villa.

Obviously things could end up very, very different on Friday. Maybe NYCFC will even make another surprise move to the top of the draft.

Who do you think NYCFC should take in this year’s SuperDraft? Should they trade up once again? Let us know in the comments.