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2012 MLS Mock SuperDraft - The Goat Parade Selects Townsend

COMMERCE CITY, CO - AUGUST 20: Could these two have a new young forward to mentor in 2012? (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)
COMMERCE CITY, CO - AUGUST 20: Could these two have a new young forward to mentor in 2012? (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)
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Editor's Note: Today the editors and writers for the various SB Nation MLS blogs got together and held a mock SuperDraft, ahead of the real thing on Thursday. You'll find the complete results here, and complete write-ups explaining all of our explanations will be posted Monday. The team here at The Goat Parade selected forward Casey Townsend from Maryland at the 5th overall pick. Here, Rachna explains our motivations for the pick and what skills Townsend possesses. Have a question or comment? Leave a comment below!

Chivas USA desperately need depth both up top and in defense. However, with the lack of great defensive options ready to start right away, adding depth up top is the best strategy with this fifth pick. Casey Townsend has demonstrated his ability not only to create chances but finish well.

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He could be a great option up top behind the veteran leadership of Juan Pablo Angel and Alejandro Moreno. He's been seen as the "next Taylor Twellman," but has also been compared with our very own Juan Pablo Angel, which would be a great match for both the player and the team. While he may not be the biggest player on the field, his ability in the air is tremendous, which is just another asset to add to the list.