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MLS Mock Draft 2015: Philadelphia Union picks Manolo Sanchez and Alex Shinsky

The Union have the thirty-first and forty-first picks in the SuperDraft. Managing Editor Eugene Rupinski was given the task.

Ever since Migs left, the Union has needed a guy with awesome hair.
Ever since Migs left, the Union has needed a guy with awesome hair.
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With the real MLS SuperDraft happening this Thursday, the editors of all 20 MLS blogs got together on Friday night and held a mock MLS SuperDraft. Since the Philadelphia Union don't pick until halfway through the second round at number 31, it was a bit of a struggle for me since my knowledge of college soccer is only as broad as the one guy I played against in a rec league a couple years ago who I am like 80% sure played for a local college.

I turned to Matt Ralph, the Brotherly Game's resident expert on college soccer for advice. Since that late in the second round the majority of the players most people would recognize were gone, he gave me three names to select if given the chance: Jose Ribas, Manolo Sanchez, and Alex Shinsky. Shinsky I'd heard of since he was with the Union Academy before going off to the University of Maryland, however the other two were new to me. But in Matt I Trust, so when the draft started, I held my breath.

First Round:

1. Orlando City SC – Cyle Larin

2. New York City FC –  Cristian Roldan

3. Montreal Impact – Khiry Shelton

4. San Jose Earthquakes – Ramon Martin del Campo

5. Portland Timbers – Conor Donovan

6. Toronto FC – Leo Stolz

7. Chicago Fire – Fatai Alashe

8. Houston Dynamo – Oumar Ballo

9. Toronto FC – Alex Bono

10. Sporting Kansas City – Nick Besler

11. Toronto FC: - Romario Williams

12. Sporting Kansas City – Otis Earle

13. Vancouver Whitecaps – Skylar Thomas

14. Columbus Crew – Aaron Simmons

15. FC Dallas – Dan Metzger

16. Real Salt Lake – Eric Bird

17. D.C. United – Andy Thoma

18. New York Red Bulls – Tim Parker

19. Colorado Rapids – Boyd Okwuonu

20. Sporting Kansas City – Andy Craven

21. LA Galaxy – Tyler Miller

Awesome! None of the three I was supposed to look out for were taken. Ok, let's hope the second round goes as well.

Second Round:

22. Orlando City SC – Andrew Wolverton

23. New York City FC – Ricky Garbanzo

24. Portland Timbers – Seth Casiple

25. Orlando City SC – Jose Ribas

Poop. Ok still have the two I'm supposed to look for. Just gotta hope neither are taken

26. Colorado Rapids – Jordan Murrell

27. Seattle Sounders – Dzezan Catic

28. Chicago Fire – Saad Abdul-Salaam

29. Toronto FC – Adam Montegue

30. Sporting Kansas City – Luke Mishu


31. Philadelphia Union – Manolo Sanchez

Come to find out Sanchez is a midfielder with Clemson who had three goals and six assists in 1486 minutes this past year. He led a good Clemson team in assists and points, and possesses good skill on the ball. He's also from Philadelphia and perhaps more importantly - he's not a goalkeeper. Now as long as Shinsky is still there at 41, I'm good.

32. Portland Timbers – Andy Blevin

33. New England Revolution – Sergio Campbell

34. Portland Timbers – Anthony Manning

35. Columbus Crew – Axel Sjolberg

36. Houston Dynamo – Kyler Sullivan

37. Toronto FC – Dennis Castillo

38. Vancouver Whitecaps – Tyler Arnone

39. New York Red Bulls – Connor Hallisey

Please don't pick Shinsky. Please don't pick Shinsky. Please don't pick Shinsky.

40. Seattle Sounders – Spencer Richey


41. Philadelphia Union – Alex Shinsky

Shinsky played at Maryland, and had two goals and two assists for the Terps in 2014 and is in the USMNT U-20 player pool.

42. D.C. United – Akeil Barrett

While the draft that SBN did was two rounds, the first round is (obviously) where the majority of the quality lies. Last year I looked at the statistical differences between the different rounds, and found that second rounders play on average 40.8% fewer games than first rounders. This late in the draft, it's highly unlikely that you'll get someone who will make an immediate impact for a club, so the club will most likely look to take the best available player and look to develop them over the next three to five years.

Who would you have taken? Let us know in the comments section below!