2018 MLS Draft Big Board: Version 1.0

2018 MLS Draft Big Board: Version 1.0
by Travis Clark
January 8, 2018

The MLS Draft means very little when constructing rosters these days, with only a handful of college rookies carving out regular roles in 2017.

There's not a huge difference between this year and last when it comes to the talent available. MLS announced the addition of six underclassmen that will join the league via Generation adidas, and most of that group should come off the board early.

Immediate contributors are also few and far between, with most of the players available wild cards. However, teams in the early stages of the first round could end up with someone that can make an impact, whether this year or next. One of the other unpredictable factors is how team's accommodate foreign college stars. Both Jon Bakero and Rafael dos Santos are two of the most talented attackers in the draft, though they could end up slipping since both are from abroad.

Below is a first look at the top 50 players available in this year's draft.

*-indicates Generation adidas status

Rank Name School
1 F Francis Atuahene* Michigan
2 M/F Ema Twumasi* Wake Forest
3 D Tomas Hilliard-Arce Stanford
4 F Christopher Mueller Wisconsin
5 F Jon Bakero Wake Forest
6 M Rafael Andrade Santos VCU
7 D Joao Moutinho* Akron
8 D Tristan Blackmon Pacific
9 F Mason Toye* Indiana
10 F Daniel Musovski UNLV
11 M/F Alan Winn North Carolina
12 D Justin Fiddes Washington
13 F Mohamed Thiaw Louisville
14 M Mo Adams* Syracuse
15 M Christopher Lema Georgetown
16 M Ken Krolicki Michigan State
17 M Jake Rozhansky Maryland
18 M/F Jon Gallagher Notre Dame
19 F Gordon Wild* Maryland
20 F Brian White Duke
21 F Marcelo Acuna Virginia Tech
22 D Wyatt Omsberg Dartmouth
23 D Carter Manley Duke
24 M Drew Skundrich Stanford
25 M Oliver Shannon Clemson
26 D Tim Kubel Louisville
27 M Jose Carrera-Garcia California
28 M Manuel Cordeiro Akron
29 M Alex Roldan Seattle
30 F Arthur Bosua Columbia
31 D Lucas Stauffer Creighton
32 D Markus Fjortoft Duke
33 F Sam Gainford Akron
34 F Albert Ruiz Florida Gulf Coast
35 GK Ben Lundgaard Virginia Tech
36 F Frantzdy Pierrot Coastal Carolina
37 M Harry Cooksley St. John's
38 F Ricky Lopez-Espin Creighton
39 M/F Diego Campos Clemson
40 D Nate Shultz Akron
41 GK Eric Dick Butler
42 F Niki Jackson Grand Canyon
43 F Stuart Holthusen Akron
44 GK Jefferson Caldwell Virginia
45 F Jason Wright Clemson
46 M/F Brandon Bye Western Michigan
47 M/F Mauro Cichero SMU
48 M Brian Iloski UCLA
49 D Niko De Vera Akron
50 D Andre Morrison Hartford

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