It’s that time of the year again. The 2018 SuperDraft is almost upon us, and in celebration, the SBNation MLS network has an annual tradition of hosting our own mock draft. Basically, we put ourselves in the shoes of the GMs. Right now I’m Kurt Schmid, wearing an nondescript sweater and eating a bagel in a cluttered Philadelphia hotel room staring at an impeccably organized laptop.
No. 2 pick: Mason Toye, F, Indiana University
The 19-year-old Generation Adidas signing addresses LA’s glaring need for more firepower up top, as the 6’3” striker offers something different in attack. Crucially, Toye does not take up an international slot.
“The #9 for the national runner up had a tremendous freshman season with the Hoosiers and was a major game-changer for their attack. Not just big and strong, the target forward is quick and elusive and does very well to get past defenders to the end line. Needs to be more rugged and tough with back to goal in a physical league, but has exceptional technique and talents. If he can continue to develop the ability to create his own shots and goals, he can be an immediate go-to striker in MLS. If he can become a threat in the air, he may have all tools to be a top striker.” - Detroit City FC head coach Ben Pirmann
No. 40 pick: Eric Dick, Butler
With two other clubs opting for local keepers, LAG Confidential took advantage of the opportunity and selected arguably the top ranked goalkeeper in the draft, filling a position of need for Sigi Schmid’s squad.
“Very large and quick for a big man” raved Pirmann, careful to note Dick’s game hasn’t fully developed but empathic the Butler graduate is up for big-time action.