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MLS SuperDraft Preview: Breaking down the top prospects by position

PHILADELPHIA – The 2018 MLS SuperDraft is upon us.

Sigi Schmid and the LA Galaxy hold the second and 40th overall selections in Friday’s SuperDraft at the Philadelphia Convention Center. The Galaxy’s second overall draft pick is the club’s highest SuperDraft choice since 2009.

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The first two rounds of the SuperDraft will be held on Friday, with the third and fourth rounds taking place next week via conference call.

Below are two top prospects at each position ahead of Friday. 

Goalkeepers

Ben Caldwell

The consensus top goalkeeping selection in this draft pool, the ‘keeper out of Virginia shined in Orlando and is expected to be a surefire first-round selection.

Michael Nelson

As heralded as Caldwell is, some scouts are tabbing the 6-foot-4 goalkeeper from Southern Methodist University in Texas as the ‘keeper with the highest ceiling in Friday’s draft.

Defenders

Tomas Hillard-Arce

The Stanford product is valued by draft experts as the most talented central defender available but struggled in the combine to show off the skills he displayed during his impressive college career.

Joao Moutinho

The Portuguese defender from Akron had an up-and-down performance during the draft, but is still considered to be a top selection due to his talent and technical ability.

Midfielders

Ema Twumasi

Despite not having the best combine performance, the shifty quick Ghanaian winger remains one of the most talented players in the draft.

Chris Mueller

Considered one of the most MLS ready prospects in the draft pool, the Wisconsin attacker who led college soccer in assists last season

Forwards

Jon Bakero

The son of the Barcelona legend is one of the hottest talked about prospects following a stellar showing at the combine.

Francis Atuahene

The striker out of Michigan brings pace to burn and enjoyed a solid combine that saw him find the back of the net in the final match. 

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