It's officially MLS SuperDraft week and it's time to take a look at who from the 53 players at the MLS Combine this week might be the best fit for FCD.
Before we can look at who's out there, we must first look at what Dallas needs from the draft to fill out the roster. It comes down to three positions: goalkeeper, center back and defensive midfielder. All three positions are spoken for in the starter role, but selecting a young, talented player out of college can add immediate depth or round out the depth chart for any of the three.
Here are five names (in alphabetical order) to watch out for:
Brandon Aubrey - Defender, Notre Dame
One of the highest-rated central defenders coming into the MLS Combine, Aubrey is a Dallas kid with size (6'3", 192 lbs) who can also score goals (with 9 of them in 21 games during his senior season). He's already inked a contract with Major League Soccer and is just waiting to hear his name called on Friday to find out where he'll go. He's drawn comparisons to reigning Defender of the Year Matt Hedges coming out of college, but by some accounts had a rough opening day at the combine. Dallas would more-than-likely need to trade up to get Aubrey, but he'd fit right into the depth center back role with a very promising future.
Alec Ferrell - Goalkeeper, Wake Forest
A year ago, Dallas used their late-first round pick to select a goalkeeper and they could do so again to fill out the depth chart in goal. Ferrell led Wake Forest to a 12-win season in 2016 with 8 shutouts and just 9 goals against in 16 games (0.54 GAA), earning NSCAA First Team All-American honors along the way.
Sam Hamilton - Midfielder, Denver
With three incredible central midfield options already on the roster, FCD needs to find a fourth player to round out the core of Kellyn Acosta, Carlos Gruezo and Victor Ulloa. Hamilton started all 24 games for the Pioneers in 2016 and it's easy for Dallas to find good rapport with players from schools where their Academy products end up - i.e. finding similar players to their own system (more on this Tuesday). With 9 assists during his senior season, Hamilton can also distribute the ball - a plus in the attacking-minded Oscar Pareja system.
Walker Hume - Defender, North Carolina
Born in Dallas, Hume spent his Junior and Senior campaigns in Chapel Hill and started 21 games for the Tar Heels in 2016. At 6'5", Hume would be the tallest player on FCD's roster and another added big man to the back line. Also, what's not to love about combining the school of one center back (Hedges) and the first name of another (Zimmerman)?
Miles Robinson - Defender, Syracuse
Like with Brandon Aubrey, Dallas would likely need to move up from the No. 18 spot to take Generation adidas signee Miles Robinson. As a sophomore, Robinson scored 4 goals in 17 games and was a NSCAA First Team All-American and MAC-Hermann Trophy Semifinalist as the nation's top player. The 6-foot 2-inch, 185-pound defender put up some of the best fitness testing numbers at the Combine with a 3.88-second 30-meter dash and a 34.5-inch vertical - both second-best of all combine players. At just 19 years old and could step in right away if needed, but would also benefit immensely learning the pro game from a pair of former SuperDraft pick central defenders in Matt Hedges and Walker Zimmerman.