With the sixth pick in the SBN Mock MLS SuperDraft, Orlando City selects Wyatt Omsberg!
Omsberg is a 6-foot-4, 180-pound center back from Dartmouth. The 22-year-old senior did better every year at Dartmouth and showed scouts his ability to progress and learn. He received an All-Ivy League Honorable Mention as a freshman, First-Team All-Ivy League in 2015, Third-Team All-America in 2016, and Second-Team All-America in his senior year. Omsberg was also the Ivy League Defender of the Year as a junior and senior.
The Scarborough, ME native played in 73 collegiate games, starting all but six of them. He also managed to find the back of the net 11 times while adding three assists.
Omsberg is a physically strong center back who commands the area. His towering figure makes him a threat in the air on both ends of the field, but he will need to be more aggressive to make a big impact at the top level. Orlando City Head Coach Jason Kreis would have an easy job coaching Omsberg in this respect, as he has shown that he is willing to learn.
A defensive midfielder in high school, Omsberg is confident on the ball and finds the open man. His passing ability is above average for a center back and is one of the main reasons why he is projected here in the top 10.
The other reason for his high draft spot are his physical assets. He is one of the biggest players in the draft, but he is also one of the fastest. In the 30-meter dash at the combine, Omsberg finished second and placed fourth in the agility test, beating out every other center back. Jonathan Spector and José Aja both lack speed, so Omsberg could see time against bigger and faster opposition.
He will most likely need some coaching up, but he could challenge Aja for a starting spot. He has a high ceiling and the potential to be a longtime MLS starter, but there will be some growing pains. The Ivy League star is one of the top defenders in the draft, and center back is one of Orlando City’s current areas of need. While he was not the best player available, he fits the team well and, if he reaches his full potential, will be a player that Orlando City fans can trust in the back.
GOAL! Wyatt Omsberg from Amadu Kunateh, takes the lead! | Dartmouth 1, Vermont 0 pic.twitter.com/3YKoE95WFC— Dartmouth M Soccer (@DartmouthMSoc) September 23, 2017
SBN 2018 MLS Mock Draft Results
1. LAFC – Tomas Hilliard-Arce (Stanford)
2. LA Galaxy – Mason Toye (Indiana)
3. D.C. United – Chris Mueller (Wisconsin)
4. Montreal Impact – Francis Atuahene (Michigan)
5. Minnesota United – Jon Bakero (Wake Forest)
6. Orlando City – Wyatt Omsberg (Dartmouth)
7. Montreal Impact – Tristan Blackmon (Pacific)
8. New England Revolution – Joao Moutinho (Akron)
9. New England Revolution – Ema Twumasi (Wake Forest)
10. Real Salt Lake – Mo Thiaw (Louisville)
11. FC Dallas – Eddie Opoku (Virginia)
12. San Jose Earthquakes – Drew Skundrich (Stanford)
13. Sporting KC – Rafael Andrade Santos (VCU)
14. Atlanta United – Tim Kubel (Louisville)
15. Chicago Fire – Ken Krolicki (Michigan State)
16. New York Red Bulls – Brian White (Duke)
17. Vancouver Whitecaps – Mo Adams (Syracuse)
18. Sporting KC - Chris Lema (Georgetown)
19. NYCFC – Alan Winn (UNC)
20. Houston Dynamo – Ben Lundgaard (VA Tech)
21. Columbus Crew SC – Jon Gallagher (Notre Dame)
22. Seattle Sounders – Alex Roldan (Seattle)
23. Toronto FC – Oliver Shannon (Clemson)
24. LAFC – Justin Fiddes (Washington)
25. Colorado Rapids – Daniel Musovski (UNLV)
26. Vancouver Whitecaps – Gordon Wild (Maryland)
27. Colorado Rapids – Manuel Cordeiro (Akron)
28. Minnesota United – Brandon Bye (Western Michigan)
29. FC Dallas – Mauro Cichero (SMU)
30. San Jose Earthquakes – Ricky Lopez-Espin (Creighton)
31. New York Red Bulls – Markus Fjortoft (Duke)
32. Columbus Crew SC – Frantzdy Pierrot (Coastal Carolina)
33. Real Salt Lake – Jefferson Caldwell (Virginia)
34. FC Dallas – Cory Brown (Xavier)
35. San Jose Earthquakes – Jose Carrera-Garcia (Cal)
36. Atlanta United – Diego Campos (Clemson)
37. Atlanta United – Carter Manley (Duke)
38. Chicago Fire – Marcelo Acuna (VA Tech)
39. New York Red Bulls – Afonso Pinheiro (Albany)
40. LA Galaxy – Eric Dick (Butler)
41. Minnesota United – Mark Segbers (Wisconsin)
42. NYCFC – Arthur Bosua (Columbia)
43. Houston Dynamo – Ben White (Gonzaga)
44. Columbus Crew SC – Stu Holthusen (Akron)
45. Seattle Sounders – Paul Christensen (Portland)
46. Toronto FC – Albert Ruiz (FGCU)