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2012 MLS Draft Midfielder Rankings UPDATE

Published: January 11, 2012

2011 mls combine

**Please note that this is the opinion of Joe Mauceri. More opinions from other TopDrawerSoccer.com writers will be released as the draft nears. **

After watching 120 live college soccer games this year, supplemented by another 63 games on tape, composed of 151 different college teams, here is my Final 2012 MLS Draft Ranking.

This version includes Generation Adidas players that have signed, international players that have been reported to be attending the combine, and all seniors.

Joe's 2012 Mock Draft 

Joe's 2012 Draft Rankings: Goalkeepers Forwards Defenders 

Players that I haven't seen are generally ranked lower than players that I have seen. I'm from the East coast - so it's easier for me to see teams in the East. However, I've seen UC Irvine, UC Davis, UC Riverside, Creighton, SMU, Bradley, UCSB (3 times), Denver, New Mexico (twice), California, Bakersfield, San Jose State, Stanford, San Diego State, Washington (twice), UCLA (twice) and Drake live. I was unable to see some teams live, I've only seen on tape (e.g., Michigan State, Ohio State, UAB, Hofstra, Iona). I've reviewed a lot of tape (including the South American U20 qualification tournament. The combine will supplement my prior observations and fill the gaps where needed. I've seen every domestic combine college play live with the vast majority in 2011 and a handful in 2010.

My rankings take into account the values of Generation Adidas, international status and general assessment of the skill and how each player might fit into a MLS team.  Given the 3 expansion teams in the past 2 years and the roster increase, I've made slight grade inflation and I'm considering the players with a grade of C+ have increased chances of making a roster and some of the players with higher C rankings may be able to stick, as well.

In addition to ranking each player sequentially, I'm assigning a letter grade using the following scale:

A=Can't miss prospect. Should easily make the roster and may get time with the first team in 2012. By the end of the year, could be an impact player.

B=Likely to make the team. Could make roster, may take a year or more to get to the first team.

C=Probably not going to make the team. Has significant barriers to overcome. A very select few may eventually make it, but it would need to be a perfect storm (multiple injuries, playing out of their heads, fortuitous bounces, etc.).

D=Extremely unlikely to make a team.

F=No shot.

Within each grade, I've ranked each player.

#PosGradeNameCollegeCombine?
1MFA-Nick DeleonLouisvilleSigned-Combine
2MFB+Luis SilvaUCSBSigned-Combine
3MFB+Kelyn RoweUCLAGA-Combine
4MFBEnzo MartinezUNCGA-Combine
5MFBCalum MallaceMarquetteCombine
6MFBAndy RoseUCLACombine
7MFBKohei Yamada Intl-Combine
8MFB-Tony CascioConnecticutSigned-Combine
9MFB-Sam GarzaUCSBGA-Combine
10MFB-Kirk UrsoUNCCombine
11MFC+Miguel IbarraUC IrvineCombine
12MFC+Greg JordanCreightonCombine
13MFC+Kenneth WalkerLouisvilleCombine
14MFC+Luke HolmesAkronCombine
15MFCAldo Paniagua Intl-Combine
16MFCJacob HustedtWashington 
17MFCJason Banton Intl-Combine
18MFCKevan GeorgeUCFCombine
19MFCMatt KuhnDrake 
20MFC-Arthur IvoSMUCombine
21MFC-Terry GibbsBloomfield 
22MFC-Michael RoseNotre Dame 
23MFC-Rafael GarciaCal State NorthridgeCombine
24MFC-Christian BarreiroPennCombine
25MFC-Evans FrimpongDelawareCombine
26MFC-Mario Vila BoaBethel 
27MFC-Ryan BurhamNortheastern 
28MFC-Jimmy TurnerUC Irvine 
29MFC-Ryan GraciaGeorge Mason 
30MFC-Ryan RobinsonHastings 
31MFC-Evan JamesCharlotteCombine
32MFC-Casey McCoolWashington 
33MFC-Brendan KingNotre DameCombine
34MFC-Lance RozeboomNew MexicoCombine
35MFC-Michael GreenNew MexicoCombine
36MFC-Emilano Bonfigli Intl-Combine
37MFD+Pablo PunyedSt John's 
38MFD+Tony WallsUWGBCombine
39MFD+Kaoru ForbessMaryland 
40MFD+Jarod StigallDenver 
41MFD+Nate PolakHastings 
42MFD+Garrett GuntherStanford 
43MFD+Daniel FabianProvidence 
44MFD+Eder ArreolaUCLACombine
45MFD+Rob MedariosBrown 
46MFD+Christian HernandezUC Irvine 
47MFD+Michael BalogunAkron 
48MFD+Luke JoynerBucknell 
49MFD+Justin GriderSt Mary's 
50MFD+Nicholas AbrigoWilliam & Mary 
51MFD+Gonzalo de MujicaStetson 
52MFD+Ryan SappingtonBucknell 
53MFDWalter HinesSt John's 
54MFDStephen KnoxBoston University 
55MFDPhillip AsewehLiberty 
56MFDChristopher Tweed-KentDuke 
57MFDJoey MadiganFort Lewis 
58MFDBrandon ZimmermanSanta Clara 
59MFDStephen MorrisseySouth Carolina 
60MFDLogan McDanielLoyola-Marymount 
61MFDCharles SchwartzDrake 
62MFDCristian RaudalesFGCU 
63MFDChris SuttonNotre Dame 
64MFDLuigi ClendeningGeorgia Southern 
65MFDCyrus SadeeMichigan State 
66MFDDrew McKinneyUNC 
67MFDPredrag IvanovicJacksonville 
68MFDDaniel RobertsUNCW 
69MFDGiovanni ZammielloSeton Hall 
70MFDFrancois AndersonColumbia 
71MFDHarry NewmanSt Peter's 
72MFDWinston HendersonOakland 
73MFDJustin DaviesSan Diego State 
74MFDJimmy SimpsonJames Madison 
75MFDYannick LewisVermont 
76MFDBrian GwanzuraRadford 
77MFD-Krystian WitkowskiMarist 
78MFD-Joel TheissenRio Grande 
79MFD-Max HamiltonMonmouth 
80MFD-Mike MazzulloColumbia 
81MFD-John NiyonsabaFordham 
82MFD-Nick MillingtonElon 
83MFD-Mariano LeoWestern Illinois 
84MFD-Felipe LibrerosUVA 
85MFD-Bryant KnibbsRutgers 
86MFD-Josey PortilloFGCU 
87MFD-Richie MenjivarCS-Bakersfield 
88MFD-Oscar AgueroCal State Fullerton 
89MFD-Andrew BullsUMBC 
90MFD-Julian GodinezSt Mary's 
91MFD-Juan NinoLiberty 
92MFD-Evan RichterCal Poly 
93MFD-Colin HelmichIPFW 
94MFD-Brian EddyWofford 
95MFD-Yoni BerhanuGeorge Washington 
96MFD-Neal MelchionniLehigh 
97MFD-Brad HiltonNew Hampshire 
98MFD-Ryan BrodePittsburgh 
99MFF+Mike KennedyNortheastern 
100MFF+Adam BettencourtSacramento St 
101MFF+Nick RoydhouseSyracuse 
102MFF+Tim RichardsonFordham 
103MFF+Jack TwellmanSIUE 
104MFF+Christian MezaBradley 
105MFF+Agustin CazarezSt Mary's 
106MFF+Nate BourdreauRutgers 
107MFF+Andy TiedtBuffalo 
108MFF+Adam ShawMichigan 
109MFF+Ian HendrieMount St Mary's 
110MFF+Alexis DominquezWestern Illinois 
111MFF+Manuel CondeCleveland St 
112MFF+Ayokunle LumpkinGeorgia State 
113MFF+Mike ReeseColgate 
114MFF+Keegan PriestClemson 
115MFF+Brian CothernWright State 
116MFF+Corey AlbertsonTulsa 
117MFF+Patrick BoucherHartford 
118MFF+Matthew TellezSacramento St 
119MFF+Taylor GormanBrown 
120MFF+Ken TaylorCS-Bakersfield 
121MFFPedro AdanSan Diego State 
122MFFJimmy LannonCornell 
123MFFSteve JakubowskiLong Island 
124MFFPaul TracyUIC 
125MFFStuart GrableUWGB 
126MFFPayton HickeySMU 
127MFFKeith MachBradley 
128MFFMurphy CampbellSanta Clara 
129MFFRyan WalterBinghamton 
130MFFTad KreamalmeyerEvansville 
131MFFDarko KaramaticJacksonville 
132MFFMatt BahnerCincinnati 
133MFFChase BlaséSan Diego 
134MFFJoe LosierVermont 
135MFFAnthony PayneRadford 
136MFFLindon QafleshiIPFW 
137MFFRobert RefaiMilwaukee 
138MFFMatt KirbyDenver 

 
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