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MLS Mock Draft 2015: Orlando City picks Cyle Larin No. 1

The Mane Land selected three Generation Adidas stars -- Cyle Larin, Andrew Wolverton and Jose Ribas -- in the first two rounds of SB Nation's mock SuperDraft.

Steve Slade, UConn Athletics

I was fortunate enough to take part in the 2015 SB Nation Mock SuperDraft with all of our sister blogs here on the network. The idea, obviously, was to simulate Thursday's MLS SuperDraft, which will take place in Philadelphia. Representatives from each blog studied their team's needs and the available players in the draft pool and were tasked with choosing players through the first two rounds in the draft.

To keep things simple, we weren't allowed to trade our picks for players, beer allocation money or other picks. We had to make each pick as the current MLS draft order stipulates.

We took top-rated forward Cyle Larin from the University of Connecticut with the first overall selection, which Orlando City SC secured in the Expansion Priority Draft back on Sept. 24. I'm actually not sure of this pick, although most mock drafts have Larin at the top.

I feel there is a good chance Head Coach Adrian Heath and GM Paul McDonough will look to trade down to add more assets and perhaps take someone like Central Florida’s Romario Williams. Or he could trade the pick for a player who can help sooner. However, if the Lions keep the pick, Larin may be too good of an asset to pass up.

Larin, a Canadian U-20 international out of Brampton, Ontario, just completed his sophomore year at UConn, where he scored 23 goals and added six assists in 39 career games. He was named American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year in 2013, and  American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2014. He is currently representing his country in Jamaica at the CONCACAF U-20 Championships.

In the second round, Orlando City has two of the first four selections -- its own at the top of the round and San Jose's fourth pick in the round due to the Mark Sherrod trade. With the 22nd overall selection I took goalkeeper Andrew Wolverton out of Penn State.

With Donovan Ricketts, Tally Hall and Josh Ford, Orlando City has a handle on its goalkeeping situation for the time being. But the club would like to select a quality young keeper that City can groom for the future and Wolverton would have the chance to learn from two such accomplished MLS starters such as Hall and Ricketts.

At 6-foot-6, Wolverton is an imposing figure in goal. In 19 games this season he made 64 saves with nine shutouts, allowing 17 goals for the Nittany Lions. He was the Big Ten's Goalkeeper of the Year in 2013 as a junior.

And he's got a really cool last name.

Three picks later, I opted for Jose Ribas, a left back out of Creighton. Heath’s system calls for outside defenders who can get forward and Ribas has shown the ability do that in his collegiate career. Depth on defense is something every expansion team can use, so it’s important Orlando City can bolster its back line in the early rounds. Ribas ticks all the boxes.

A native of Guayaquil, Ecuador, Ribas played four seasons with the Bluejays, starting 64 of his 81 games played, scoring two goals and adding 21 assists. At 5-foot-9, it's unlikely Ribas would be a viable option at center back, but he could play wing, which provides some added versatility.

Of course, the real MLS clubs are allowed to complete trades and a draft can be unpredictable. It's completely possible and maybe even likely Orlando City comes away with none of the players I picked. We'll fine out Thursday who our Generation Adidas players will be.

Here how the entire SB Nation Mock SuperDraft shook out, as selected by the network's member blogs:

Round 1


Selection

Team

Player

POS

School

1

Orlando City

Cyle Larin

F

Connecticut

2

New York City FC

Cristian Roldan

MF

Washington

3

Montreal Impact

Khiry Shelton

F

Oregon State

4

San Jose Earthquakes

Ramon Martin del Campo

D

UC Davis

5

Portland Timbers

Conor Donovan

D

NC State

6

Toronto FC

Leo Stolz

MF

UCLA

7

Chicago Fire

Fatai Alashe

MF

Michigan State

8

Houston Dynamo

Oumar Ballo

D

UMBC

9

Toronto FC

Alex Bono

GK

Syracuse

10

Sporting Kansas City

Nick Besler

MF

Notre Dame

11

Toronto FC

Romario Williams

F

Central Florida

12

Sporting Kansas City

Otis Earle

D

UC Riverside

13

Vancouver Whitecaps

Skylar Thomas

D

Syracuse

14

Columbus Crew SC

Aaron Simmons

M/D

UCLA

15

FC Dallas

Dan Metzger

M

Maryland

16

Real Salt Lake

Eric Bird

M

Virginia

17

D.C. United

Andy Thoma

D

Washington

18

New York Red Bulls

Tim Parker

D

St. John's

19

Colorado Rapids

Boyd Okwuonu

D

North Carolina

20

Sporting Kansas City

Andy Craven

F

North Carolina

21

LA Galaxy

Tyler Miller

GK

Northwestern

Round 2


22

Orlando City

Andrew Wolverton

GK

Penn State

23

New York City FC

Ricky Garbanzo

M/F

Coastal Carolina

24

Portland Timbers

Seth Casiple

M

California

25

Orlando City

Jose Ribas

D

Creighton

26

Colorado Rapids

Jordan Murrell

D

Syracuse

27

Seattle Sounders

Dzenan Catic

MF

Davenport

28

Chicago Fire

Saad Abdul-Salaam

D

Akron

29

Toronto FC

Adam Montague

F

Michigan State

30

Sporting Kansas City

Luke Mishu

D

Notre Dame

31

Philadelphia Union

Manolo Sanchez

M/F

Clemson

32

Portland Timbers

Andy Bevin

F

West Virginia

33

New England Revolution

Sergio Campbell

D

Connecticut

34

Portland Timbers

Anthony Manning

D

St. Louis

35

Columbus Crew SC

Axel Sjoberg

D

Marquette

36

Houston Dynamo

Kyler Sullivan

D

Virginia

37

Toronto FC

Dennis Castillo

D

VCU

38

Vancouver Whitecaps

Tyler Arnone

MF

Michigan

39

New York Red Bulls

Connor Hallisey

MF

California

40

Seattle Sounders

Spencer Richey

GK

Washington

41

Philadelphia Union

Alex Shinsky

MF

Maryland

42

D.C. United

Akeil Barrett

F

Tulsa