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2018 MLS Mock Draft: Sporting Kansas City selects...

We took our shot at guessing Sporting Kansas City’s two first round picks in the 2018 MLS Superdraft

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The MLS (Super!)draft is upon us once more as the start of the 2018 season starts to finally look real. As we do every year, the 23 SB Nation MLS blogs held a mock draft to pretend to know what we are talking about in regards to college soccer and whom our respective clubs might take in the first two rounds.

Sporting Kansas City has two first round picks this year. Their natural selection is the 13th overall pick and is supplemented by the 18th overall pick, which their acquired in a trade with the Portland Timbers for Lawrence Olum. They traded their second round pick to Atlanta earlier this offseason, along with Tyler Pasher and Kevin Oliveira for Kenwyne Jones and Alexander Tambakis.

Going into the draft I had my eyes on midfielders since that is where Sporting KC is hurting depth-wise, but was willing to take talent regardless of position. So, without further ado, here’s how the draft went down.


1. LAFC – 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)

Top Drawer Soccer also had Sporting KC taking this Atlantic 10 offensive player of the year. Santos scored 12 goals and assisted five more in 18 matches. He has the ability to play the no. 10 creative role or play out wide. With both Benny Feilhaber and Latif Blessing heading out West to LAFC, adding an attacking option seemed like a no-brainer.

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)

Chris Lema is a solid midfielder who is more of a defensive-minded player. In the MLS Combine he made good passes from the back and could be a good backup for Ille Sanchez and Roger Espinoza. He scored four goals and assisted four more in his senior season with the Hoyas. His four goals came on 40 shots for a .100 shot percentage, meaning he would fit in perfectly with Sporting KC.

19. NYCFC – 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)


24. LAFC – Justin Fiddes (Washington)

25. Colorado Rapids – Daniel Musovski (UNLV)

26. Vancouver Whitecaps – Gordon Wild (Maryland)

27. Colorado Rapids – Manuel Cordeiro (Akron)

28. Minnesota United – Brandon Bye (Western Michigan)

29. FC Dallas – Mauro Cichero (SMU)

30. San Jose Earthquakes – Ricky Lopez-Espin (Creighton)

31. New York Red Bulls – Markus Fjortoft (Duke)

32. Columbus Crew SC – Frantzdy Pierrot (Coastal Carolina)

33. Real Salt Lake – Jefferson Caldwell (Virginia)

34. FC Dallas – Cory Brown (Xavier)

35. San Jose Earthquakes – Jose Carrera-Garcia (Cal)

36. Atlanta United – Diego Campos (Clemson)

37. Atlanta United – Carter Manley (Duke)

38. Chicago Fire – Marcelo Acuna (VA Tech)

39. New York Red Bulls – Afonso Pinheiro (Albany)

40. LA Galaxy – Eric Dick (Butler)

41. Minnesota United – Mark Segbers (Wisconsin)

42. NYCFC – Arthur Bosua (Columbia)

43. Houston Dynamo – Ben White (Gonzaga)

44. Columbus Crew SC – Stu Holthusen (Akron)

45. Seattle Sounders – Paul Christensen (Portland)

46. Toronto FC – Albert Ruiz (FGCU)

The MLS Superdraft will take place on Friday at 10 a.m. Sporting Time. Sporting KC does not have any second or third round picks but have two picks in the fourth round, which will conclude on Sunday.