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SBNation 2013 MLS Mock draft : Mount Royal Soccer selects Ryan Finley

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.

Ryan Finley i action during Day 2 of the 2013 MLS Combine
Ryan Finley i action during Day 2 of the 2013 MLS Combine

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

Round 1

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

Round 2

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