We're just nine days away from the 2016 MLS SuperDraft. As we noted earlier today, the Union have five draft picks in this upcoming draft, including two of the top six, and three of the top 23. That said, it's an important few days for the technical staff as they begin to weigh their plethora of options.
The Union acquired the No. 6 pick from Houston in a trade for Cristian Maidana and Andrew Wenger. The move also allowed the Union to pick up allocation money from Houston, and with the Union holding four open international slots, newly-appointed sporting director Earnie Stewart has plenty of assets at his disposal to begin to craft the 2016 Union.
But, let's take a look at what's ahead next week with the SuperDraft. We've rounded up some of the mock drafts to see what people are thinking about the direction the Union may go.
Soccer By Ives
At No. 3: Jack Harrison, Central Midfielder, Wake Forest
Note: Harrison is reportedly the subject of a Homegrown Player claim by New York City FC (editor: which has since be denied), which for the moment is leaving his draft availability in question. Considered one of the most talented Generation adidas targets around, Harrison has been left off the league’s list of GA signing targets for the time being. If NYCFC’s questionable homegrown tag is rejected, Harrison should be one of the first players off the board. If Harrison isn’t available, the Union could definitely grab Jonathan Campbell.
No. 6: Brandon Vincent, Left Back, Stanford
Note: The Union would be happy to grab Jonathan Campbell here, and could wind up taking him with the third overall pick, but if Campbell is gone, then Vincent would be a good grab. The Union have yet to re-sign Brazilian left back Fabinho, and even if they do, Vincent is still the type of talent who could be groomed into a long-term starter.
Top Drawer Soccer
No. 3: Brandon Vincent, Left Back, Stanford
Note: Left backs are a rare commodity to come by in the draft, especially one as good as Vincent. Philadelphia would be foolish to pass on the Cardinal captain here, as he's shown the ability to compete for minutes in his rookie season.
No. 6: Richie Laryea, Attacking Midfielder, Akron
Note: Picking twice in the first six spots, Philadelphia has a good chance of adding a pair of players capable of making an impact in 2016. Laryea is a dynamic midfielder who would feature out wide or be fashioned into a box-to-box threat at both ends.
Couple of quick thoughts: Joshua Yaro is the consensus No. 1 pick from both websites. Both sites also have Vincent, Laryea and Harrison going in the top six. Top Drawer had Harrison going No. 2. More updates to come as we draw closer to the draft.