Philadelphia Union: Draft Worthy and Selection Rich

Phil AndrewsCorrespondent IJanuary 5, 2010

With the first selection in the 2010 Major League Soccer (MLS) Super Draft, the expansion Philadelphia Union select....

Don't mean to keep you hanging here, but we won't officially know the answer to that scenario until January 14th, when the Union partake in the teams first ever Super Draft. Not only does Philadelphia have the number one overall pick, but they also have the top pick in each of the ensuing three rounds, unless of course they pull the trigger on any trades.

Based on the teams current roster which consists of two keepers, three defenders, three midfielders and three forwards, my guess is that they will use that first pick to select a forward, especially considering that one of their current forwards is 30 year old Venezuelan Alejandro Moreno, formerly of the Columbus Crew.

From a draft stand point, the Union could not have picked a better time to be involved in the selection process with some calling this one of the most impressive draft classes MLS has ever seen.

So with forwards in mind here is a look at the top five up top, beginning with the player Philadelphia will probably select with that first pick.

1.Danny Mwanga (Oregon State). A Congolese born striker scored 14 goals this past season as a sophomore and was named Pac-10 player of the year. At 6’-2” Mwanga has a mouth-drooling combination of speed and size and is considered a very dangerous player around the 18. Last year he was honored as Pac-10 Freshman of the year after scoring four goals on 23 shots, and during his sophomore season at Jefferson High School in Portland, Oregon, Mwanga scored 50 goals in nine games.

2.Teal Bunbury (Akron) . Like Mwanga, Bunbury has good size and speed and has a reputation of having a nose for the goal which by the way he inherited from his father, Canadian soccer Hall of Famer Alex Bunbury, who also played with the Kansas City Wizards. Teal’s selection in next weeks draft would make him the first son of an MLS player to play in the MLS. This year at Akron he was the nation's leading goal-scorer with 17; he was named Mid-American Conference Player of the Year. Teal by the way is one of nine brothers.

3. Andre Akpan (Harvard). Considered to be the best all around forward in this years draft. Has the tools to step in and play at the MLS level right away. Big and strong with great footwork. Doesn’t have break away speed but has a knack for getting his head on the ball off the cross.

4. Andrew Wiedeman (California). A quality goal-scorer with a maturity that will allow him to step in and contribute immediately.

5. Austin Da Luz (Wake Forest). Da Luz is considered one of the most skillful players in the draft, one who can add depth in a playmaking role.

By the way, all MLS teams will get a chance to take a pre-draft look at the above players when they join a contingent of 62 college seniors at the MLS player combine later this week in Fort Lauderdale.