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Our sweet 16
by Ridge Mahoney, January 13th, 2010 7AM



[MLS] We're going to gamble and predict a big first-round trade to shake up the 2010 MLS SuperDraft. With 12 Generation adidas players available, plus a good crop of seniors, the temptation for teams to wheel and deal may be just too great. Especially for a team that missed the playoffs and has a fresh influx of allocation money. Here's Soccer America's Mock Draft ...

1. Philadelphia -- Teenager Danny Mwanga (Oregon State) is headed to the Union, by all accounts, and the expansion team may be especially well-suited to groom young players with former U.S. U-17 coach John Hackworth on the staff.

2. Toronto (from New York) -- TFC trades into the first round so it can grab Canadian youth international Teal Bunbury (Akron), who will inject speed into a sometimes pedantic attack.

3. San Jose - Midfield help is the most pressing need and with Tony Tchani (Virginia) available, it should be a no-brainer. We can only hope.

4. Kansas City -- Foiled by the TFC-NY trade for Bunbury and the Quakes' move to land Tchani, KC takes Ike Opara (Wake Forest), perhaps hoping to move him on later. Maybe to the Red Bulls, who sorely need backline help?

5. FC Dallas - With back-to-back picks this high in the draft, FCD can deal and dicker, or maybe go for a sleeper. It is well-stocked with GAs, but a young forward like Jack McInerney of the U.S. under-17s may be too good to pass up.

6. FC Dallas - U.S. U-20 midfielder Dilly Duka (ex-Rutgers) is coveted by many teams and could be used in a trade after the fact.

7. D.C. United - Yes, Ben Olsen and Andrew Jacobson are gone, but Clyde Simms can plug up the middle, where some craft and guile are needed even if Fred tucks inside. Corben Bone (Wake Forest) fits the bill.

8. Columbus - Re-signing Jason Garey, not to mention Guillermo Barros Schelotto, is all well and good, and the Crew is scouting for a foreign player to replace Alejandro Moreno, but with two picks why not take a stab on Zach Schilawski (Wake Forest)?

9. New England - The Revs have holes and question marks in a few areas and can do no better than Zach Lloyd (North Carolina) to hold down at least one position while they tinker with others.

10.  Chivas USA - The middle of midfield is experienced but a bit old, and while reinforcements from Mexico can change everything, a strong, talented kid with local ties is a.k.a. Amobi Okugo (UCLA).

11.  Seattle - In pursuit of a target forward overseas, Sigi Schmid could instead opt for Harvard's Andre Akpan (though he had a so-so Combine).

12.  Columbus - Playing with Schelotto as withdrawn forward and backed by Brian Carroll, a talented attacking mid like Austin Da Luz (Wake Forest) can flourish.

13.  Chicago - Kwame Watson-Siriboe (Connecticut) is capable of shoring up the middle of the Fire back line.

14.  New York - He's too nearby and too good to pass up: Connecticut's Toni Stahl. (Not to mention a Finn to go to a team with a Swedish coach and Norwegian GM).

15.  Los Angeles - If the Fire passes on Collen Warner (Portland), he may be bound for the wide spaces of HDC.

16.  Real Salt Lake - A good combine, good feet and good size may lead RSL to replace Yura Movsisyan with Andrew Hoxie (William & Mary)

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