Patrick Mullins will still be a high draft pick in 2014. (Photo via University of Maryland Athletics/Greg Flume)
Yes, I know it is extremely early to be doing a list like this but it's Friday, I have a day off, and I say why not. Just after national signing day I thought it would be a good time to break out the college reports and see who was worth a look at for next year's MLS SuperDraft.
It has only been a week since the 2013 MLS Draft wrapped up, and just two days since the Supplemental Draft gave another group to of college players their dream of being selected by a pro team, but MLS scouts are already looking ahead to next year and the players who just might be having their names called when the next draft rolls around.
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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Dec 12, 2012) US Soccer Players -- The Indiana Hoosiers are college soccer champions. In 2012, that means something different than it did in 2002 or even 2007. The achievement is still notable, and represents a return to the top for Indiana and their eighth championship overall, but the victory comes during a very strange time for the game at the college level.
Notre Dame midfielder Dillon Powers, UConn playmaker Carlos Alvarez and Coastal Carolina forward Ashton Bennett were among the top players invited to the MLS Combine.
Indiana University goalkeeper Luis Soffner is fresh off winning an NCAA title with the Hoosiers and will be the lone representative from Indiana at the Combine, while Georgetown, the team Indiana defeated, will send Tommy Muller, Jimmy Nealis and Ian Christianson to the Combine.
Akron standout and Columbus Crew Academy product Will Trapp is widely regarded as one of the best pro prospects in the college game, and it appears now that he is ready to turn pro after two seasons of college soccer.
According to the Columbus Dispatch, Trapp has hired an agent and is preparing to leave school and turn pro.
Indiana beat Georgetown in the NCAA Division One Men's Soccer tournament, but the game of the tourney was the Georgetown-Maryland semifinal. That was the news, but the bigger event may be that college coaches are hearing the national critique of their value and they are getting defensive.
Tell them to give me a call," he said of the many pundits who have predicted college soccer’s eventual irrelevance.
The NCAA Tournament is down to four teams, and after a slew of upsets, we are left with two teams expected to be in Alabama for the College Cup semifinals, and two teams that rode impressive Cinderella runs to the Final Four.
Can LA convince Gyasi Zardes to sign a HGP deal this year? (CSU Bakersfield Athletics Mark Nessia)
Everyone loves the big boards that come out this time of the year. The MLS SuperDraft is less than two months away and while there is still a MLS Cup to be played this weekend, many teams are gearing up for the College Cup finals to take place the following week.
Though the 2012 MLS season isn't even over yet, the 2013 MLS Draft is just two months away and teams are in full scouting mode as they put the finishing touches on scouting reports and breakdowns of the talent available when the draft convenes in Indianapolis in January.
Gyasi Zardes has ties to LA but could go overseas instead.
We are at the final list for the 2013 MLS SuperDraft prospects. Good timing too since Turkey day is tomorrow and I probably won't be blogging a whole lot until next week. Next week I may start putting some of these players in more of an order or a board if you will.
Scott Caldwell has progress very nicely at Akron. (Photo via Akron Athletics)
We're nearly done with our early lists for the 2013 MLS SuperDraft prospects. Yesterday we tackled the defenders and last week we took a quick look at the few goalkeepers that may be available in January.
Today we're going to move up the field a bit to examine the midfielders.
London Woodberry is one of the best defensive prospects in the country. (UM Athletics/TJ Root)
This will hopefully be a busy week full of SuperDraft posts on here from me. The College Cup continues on this week as we move into the third round action. Some quality players with MLS dreams saw their Cup goals go away this past weekend with a few upsets across the board.
It took eight years, but Indiana University finally added their eighth NCAA men's soccer championship, and they did it in a year when few outside of Bloomington could have seen it coming.
The Hoosiers ended the regular season with just one win in five matches, losing in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament, but rather than doom them, that late-season slide helped them regroup and come together in time to put together a championship run.
Georgetown goalkeeper Tomas Gomez saved Maryland's fifth and final penalty kick attempt to help the Hoyas win a thrilling College Cup semifinal in PKs and book Georgetown's first trip to the NCAA Final.
The Hoyas will face Indiana in Sunday's College Cup Final after the Hoosiers held off Creighton, 1-0, in Friday's second semifinal.
Freshman midfielder Christian Blandon scored an 89th-minute winner to propel Creighton to a 1-0 victory against UConn in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals on Sunday.
Blue Jays senior Jose Gomez set up the winner with a cross from the right flank that Blandon deposited past UConn goalkeeper Andre Blake to book Creighton's second straight trip to the College Cup semifinals.
Fairleigh Dickinson continued their improbable run in the NCAA Tournament going on Sunday, knocking off Atlantic-10 champion and No. 8 seed Saint Louis, 2-1, to secure one of the shock results of the weekend and book their place in the Round of 16.
Senior Jack McVey headed home the game-winning goal three minutes into overtime to give FDU their second upset in four days after starting the tournament with a surprising 1-0 victory against Big East stalwart St.
Defending champion North Carolina will begin their quest for a repeat as NCAA champions when they take on Cinderella story Maryland-Baltimore County in Sunday's NCAA Tournament second round action.
The Tar Heels are the No. 9 seed in the tournament, but are still among the picks to potentially win it all, and they will need to knock off a UMBC side riding high after their penalty kick shootout victory against Old Dominion in the first round.
Some light developmental/academy news for you this morning. Yesterday was the big "Letter of Intent" day for college soccer, among other sports. While it's usually a big day for American football (held on a separate day), it's becoming increasingly more important to soccer as well as MLS as academies begin to prepare to ship off their youth prospects to the "loving hands" of the NCAA.
James Weber (Hartford) will stay much closer to home to continue his professional soccer career.
The 20-year-old, who opted to forgo his final three years of college soccer eligibility to join Swedish Division 3 club Gullringens GoIF last summer, signed with the Milwaukee Wave of the Major Indoor Soccer League on Tuesday.
The college soccer scene is deep in hibernation as coaches focus on recruiting a 2013 Freshman class and players look forward to the upcoming spring schedule and PDL season, so it's a good time to step back and consider some of the stories and developments that could affect the Sounders Academy alumni in the upcoming year.
Thanks to Mike Donovan (@themikedonovan) for pointing out the AllWhiteKit.com Big Board.
If you are like me and know very little about women's college soccer, today's draft could be a little daunting. Luckily there are some folks out there who have been following the women's game much closer than I.
The Manchester Derby headlines a stacked weekend of soccer action across the globe.
Manchester United can put a hammer lock on first place in the English Premier League with a victory on Sunday against a Manchester City side that has yet to lose this season. City will also be at home for the contest, making a Red Devils victory that much tougher.