MLS Draft 2018

2018 MLS Draft

The SBI MLS Draft Big Board (Final Version)

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With the 2018 MLS Draft set for Friday, and all the MLS Combine matches already in the books, it's time for one final look at how the talent stacks up heading into the draft.

Here is the final SBI MLS Draft Big Board, ranking the top 70 players available in Friday's 2018 MLS Draft:

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SBI MLS Draft Spotlight: After maturing on road from Ghana to Wake Forest, Twumasi looks forward to Draft process

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Ema Twumasi's path is one that has become fairly common in recent years. The Wake Forest star is one of several Ghanaian-born players to make waves in the U.S. and earn themselves a chance at MLS. For years, players have emigrated from Ghana and thrived within the college game.

But Twumasi's game is very different, as is his story.

SBI MLS Draft Spotlight: From Spain to Wake to MLS, Bakero's journey readied him for professional success

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Entering his senior season at Wake Forest, Jon Bakero was asked to make a transition into a leadership role.

While some may have struggled with the extra responsibility, Bakero shouldered it and became the man the Demon Deacons relied on.

"A year ago we lost three first-team All-Americans and we needed guys that were on paper role players and Jon Bakero was one of those guys," Wake Forest head coach Bobby Muuss told SBI.

SBI MLS Mock Draft (Version 2.0)

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With two days of MLS Combine action in the books, the player draft rankings for all of the league's 23 teams have surely changed quite a bit. And while they will change even more between now and Friday's MLS Draft, it's time to have a look at where players are being rated at the moment.

There are some serious changes in the latest SBI MLS Draft Big Board.

SBI MLS Draft Spotlight: Atuahene discovers playing identity ahead of MLS leap

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When your life takes you on a journey like the one experienced by Francis Atuahene, you learn some things about yourself. You learn maturity and independence from making the decision to leave your friends and family behind in your native Ghana. You learn to embrace new cultures and customs and you learn to deal with on and off-the-field pressure that most soccer players will never have to go through.

SBI MLS Draft Big Board (Version 2.0)

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The 2018 MLS Combine kicks off on Saturday in Orlando, and scouts from all 23 MLS teams will begin moving players up and down their charts as they evaluate their performances at Orlando City Stadium over the course of the next week.

The announcement of the Generation Adidas class, which is now at seven players after the signing of Virginia forward Edward Opoku, has set the draft up with a good collection if younger prospects, though the lack of starting caliber rookie options in the draft pool should leave teams considering youngsters who are longer-term projects.

SBI MLS Draft Spotlight: After growing throughout college career, North Carolina's Winn feels ready for MLS leap

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Alan Winn admittedly needed college soccer to help him grow as a player.

After four years at North Carolina, the forward is one of the top prospects available for the 2018 MLS Draft because of the skill set he honed throughout his collegiate career.

"It's built me on the field in terms of physicality.

SBI MLS Draft Spotlight: After positional switch, Blackmon ready to pave path for Pacific at combine, draft

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Tristan Blackmon had a conversation with his coaches at the University of the Pacific after his sophomore season that few forwards have.

Blackmon was asked to switch to right back with an eye on the future success of the new Division 1 program and his individual long-term plan to play professionally.

SBI MLS Draft Spotlight: After earning GA deal, Syracuse's Adams looks to make instant MLS impact as No. 6

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The defensive midfield position is notoriously a difficult one for young players. It requires a unique combination of experience and athleticism, with the former usually winning the day. In MLS, sometimes the scales tip towards the latter but, regardless, the role of a No. 6 is usually tailored towards veterans.

MLS Draft Spotlight: Mueller ready for MLS after being overlooked throughout standout senior season

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When you put up numbers like Chris Mueller did in 2017, you rarely get overlooked simply because players that lead the country in assists are rarely looked past. Throughout his senior season, Mueller proved to be one of the country's elite playmakers while guiding Wisconsin to a strong run through the Big 10 and a Sweet 16 appearance.

SBI MLS Draft Big Board (Version 1.0)

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The 2018 MLS Draft is a little more than two weeks away, and it's time to start looking at the talent available to the league's 23 teams.

As is the tradition at SBI, we will be ranking the MLS Draft prospects in the weeks leading up to the draft, which is set for Friday, January 19 in Philadelphia.

Report: Atuahene, Moutinho among six set to sign Generation Adidas MLS deals

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The 2018 MLS Draft is less than three weeks away, and the list of top underclassmen set to be available in the draft is beginning to take shape.

According to Goal.com, Major League Soccer's Generation Adidas class is taking shape, with the first six players having agreed to deals. Michigan's Francis Atuahene, Akron's Joao Moutinho, Wake Forest's Ema Twumasi, Indiana's Mason Toye, Syracuse's Mo Adams and Maryland's Gordon Wild have reportedly agreed to deals and should be announced as Generation Adidas signings in the coming days.

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The SBI MLS Mock Draft (Version 1.0)

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The 2018 MLS Draft is a week away, and while plenty will change in terms of player ratings in the next week after the MLS Combine, teams have a good idea of where players stand after having spent time evaluating the top college prospects over the past year.

This year's draft is a unique one in that it doesn't have strength at the positions that are traditionally deep.

Atuahene, Twimasi, Moutinho headline 2018 Generation Adidas class

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Six college underclassmen were named to the 2018 MLS Generation Adidas class by the league on Friday.

Michigan junior Francis Atuahene, Maryland junior Gordon Wild, Wake Forest sophomore Ema Twumasi, Syracuse sophomore Mo Adams, freshmen Mason Toye of Indiana and Joao Moutinho of Akron will carry the Generation Adidas tag entering the January 19 draft.

MLS invites 60 D1 college players to 2018 Player Combine

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Major League Soccer released its list of invitees to this winter's player combine. It includes 60 players from Division I colleges, including the seven MAC Hermann Awards Finalists.

Highlighting the list isStanford University defender Tomas Hilliard-Arce, who helped the Cardinal to their third straight NCAA College Cup title a couple of weeks ago.

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Must See Goal: Andre Morrison at MLS Combine

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The MLS Combine is rolling in down in Orlando and providing fans with electric goal scoring.

Hartford defender Andre Morrison smacked this one home on the half-volley top put his Team X ahead of Nemeziz, 1-0:

Morrison sits at number 40 on SBI's latest Big Board ranking the top prospects in the upcoming MLS Draft.

Jake Rozhansky drops out of MLS Combine, signs for Maccabi Netanya

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University of Maryland midfielder Jake Rozhansky has dropped out of the upcoming MLS combine in order to sign with FC Maccabi Netanya in the Israeli Premier League.

Very happy to announce I have signed with FC Maccabi Netanya! pic.twitter.com/t3DbSdYmoR

- Jake Rozhansky (@Jroz12) January 11, 2018

Rozhansky transferred to Maryland from Virginia before his junior season and captained the side during his senior season, where he scored four goals and provided nine assists in 19 starts.