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MLS Mock Draft 2016: Sporting Kansas City select #11 Tony Alfaro

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The 6'2" defender out of Cal State Dominguez Hills is a bit of a risk, but his combine was impressive.

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Sporting Kansas City is in an interesting spot this season. They're coming into the draft with a full roster, which means that if a draft pick is going to make the roster then one of the current guys has to go. There's also the option that the draft picks could be signed by Swope Park Rangers and earn some solid playing time there. With that in mind, and considering where Sporting KC could use some further depth, that guided our decision when selecting our player.

1. Chicago Fire - Josh Yaro

2. Colorado Rapids - Jack Harrison
3. Philadelphia Union - Brandon Vincent
4. NYCFC - Jonathan Campbell
5. Real Salt Lake - Julian Buescher
6. Philadelphia Union - Omar Holness
7. Orlando City - Richie Laryea
8. San Jose Earthquakes - Jordan McCrary
9. Toronto FC - Keegan Rosenberry
10. New England Revolution - Kyle Fisher

11. Sporting Kansas City select Tony Alfaro - Defender - Cal State Dominguez Hills

Alfaro is a bit of a risk as he's a lower division player who doesn't necessarily have the experience playing against the best collegiate competition but here is what he does have.

Size

Sporting KC has been sorely missing out on some size in the center after Ike Opara. Kevin Ellis, while decent with his head, doesn't have the height to defend set pieces well. Sporting KC needs another guy that can be a tall presence in the box, and the 6'2" frame of Alfaro can be that.

Accuracy

Alfaro's left foot has been good enough that the Toros gave him the responsibility of taking penalty kicks in his senior season, where he was five for five. Having another left-footed defender can be good if he can step in for Matt Besler when necessary.

History

Sporting KC have apparently been scouting Alfaro and watched him at the MLS Combine, according to the MLS Mock Draft. If they see potential in him, then every question of him not having the necessary experience against tougher collegiate teams gets thrown out.

12. LA Galaxy - Michael Salazar

13. D.C. United - Fabian Herbers

14. Montreal Impact - Zach Carroll
15. Seattle Sounders - James Moberg
16. Vancouver Whitecaps - Ben Polk
17. FC Dallas - Andrew Tarbell
18. New York Red Bulls - Cole Seiler
19. Columbus Crew SC - Dennis Castillo
20. Portland Timbers - Michael Gamble

21 (1). Columbus Crew SC - Timo Pitter
22 (2). Colorado Rapids - Vincent Keller
23 (3). Philadelphia Union - Liam Doyle
24 (4). Montreal Impact - Hadji Berry
25 (5). Real Salt Lake - Eric DeJulio
26 (6). Houston Dynamo - Josh Turnley
27 (7). Seattle Sounders - Todd Wharton
28 (8). San Jose Earthquakes - Chase Minter
29 (9). Vancouver Whitecaps - Tim Kubel
30 (10). New England Revolution - Patrick Hodan
31 (11). Columbus Crew SC - Duncan Backus
32 (12). Orlando City - Tsubasa Endoh
33 (13). Chicago Fire - Ivan Magalhaes
34 (14). Montreal Impact - Eric Verso
35 (15). Seattle Sounders - Chris Hellman
36 (16). Vancouver Whitecaps - Max Lachoweki
37 (17). FC Dallas - Zach Mathers
38 (18). New York Red Bulls - Thomas Libiih
39 (19). Montreal Impact - Emmanuel Appiah
40 (20). Portland Timbers - Callum Irving
41 (21). Columbus Crew SC - Elias Gomez

Sporting KC did not have a pick in the second round, as it belonged to the Columbus Crew in exchange for Andy Gruenebaum. The MLS SuperDraft will take place at noon central time on Thursday.