Ryan Finley i action during Day 2 of the 2013 MLS Combine - MLSSoccer.com
A secret meeting was held in the ''interwebs'' in which SBNation MLS writers played a live MLS draft game. I selected at number 8 in the 2013 SBNation MLS Mock Draft: Ryan Finley.
8 - Ryan Finley
Neither Deshorn Brown nor Carlos Alvarez were available during the mock draft held between SBNation MLS writers, 1 for each team the site covers. Even if highly touted offensive talents were already gone, I still kept the offensive choice to select at number 8. The latest buzz around the MLS combine is that there is a big pool of offensive talents and Montreal needs more depth up front.
In 79 appearances in NCAA College soccer, Finley scored 55 goals , including 21 goals in the 2012 season with the fighting Irish. With Andrew Wenger in the Montreal Impact's lineup, having more depth and power up front is nothing to shy away from. Having shown good things in the MLS combine with powerful runs, Ryan Filey's size (6-0 , 180 lbs) hides a speedy forward that can improve on his finishing. Practicing next to Marco Di Vaio can only help improve any striker's skills and Finley can definitively learn a lot from him.
The only disadvantage with picking Tommy Muller comes from him not being a Generation Adidas player , hence his salary counting directly on the cap.
18 - Tommy Muller
Even if he is a center back, having a defender of the quality of Thommy Muller available at that position was a great opportunity. With Karl W Ouimette already with the pro team, there is a congestion at the center back role but this would be a move for the future. Tagged as a well rounded player with smart timing, his addition to the Impact will add depth. As much as we like to think that Montreal is deep defensively, age and injury have both shown their respective ugly heads. A bit similar to Zarek Valentin with his versatility as a potential right back, I still believe in depth on the defensive side.
27- Taylor Kemp
The Impact have been very shy with offense coming from the sides. Kemp represents an excellent option for 1-on-1 situations while still being able to adapt to an offensive system that Marco Schallibaum wants to implement. Overlapping and crossing are part of what the Impact want to do more of and Taylor Kemp seems to deliver on both.
32 - Greg Cochrane
In the same line as Taylor Kemp, Cochrane seems to also offer that versatility as a left midfielder and left back. In a possible 3-man defensive line, having more options on the left side for Montreal is key but draftees are still projects that needs to be worked on.
The Full SBNation 2013 MLS Mock Draft as it happened
1st: Toronto FC - Andrew Farrell
2nd: Chivas USA - Carlos Alvarez
3rd: Toronto FC - Eriq Zavaleta
4th: New England Revolution - Jason Johnson
5th: Vancouver Whitecaps - Kyle Bekker
6th: Colorado Rapids - DeShorn Brown
7th: FC Dallas - John Stertzer
8th: Montreal Impact - Ryan Finley
9th: Columbus Crew - Mikey Lopez
10th: Vancouver Whitecaps - Jonathan Mendoza
11th: Chicago Fire - Walker Zimmerman
12th: Real Salt Lake - Kekuta Manneh
13th: Houston Dynamo - Dylan Tucker-Gangnes
14th: Sporting KC - Dillon Powers
15th: San Jose Earthquakes - Eric Schoenle
16th: Seattle Sounders - Eric Hurtado
17th: DC United - Jose Gomez
18th: Montreal Impact - Tommy Muller
19th: LA Galaxy - Donnie Smith
20th: FC Dallas - Blake Smith
21st: New England Revolution - Jimmy Nealis
22nd: New York Red Bulls- Marc Cintron
23rd: New England Revolution - Ashton Bennet
24th: LA Galaxy - Kory Kindle
25th: Colorado Rapids - Ian Christianson
26th: Philadelphia Union - Dylan Remick
27th: Montreal Impact - Taylor Kemp
28th: Columbus Crew - Joe Franco
29th: Philadelphia Union - John Gallagher
30th: Colorado Rapids - Jose Diaz
31st: Real Salt Lake - Nicolas Clavijo
32nd: Montreal Impact - Greg Cochrane
33rd: San Jose Earthquakes - Devon Sandoval
34th: San Jose Earthquakes - Dan Delgado
35th: Seattle Sounders - Machael David
36th: New England Revolution - Chris Thomas
37th: Houston Dynamo - Emery Welshman
38th:LA Galaxy - Michael Bustamante