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January 17, 2011 at 1:49 AM

Looking back at the Sounders FC draft day and other links

2011kits.jpgFirst off, I’ve received several inquiries as to when the new Sounders FC kits will be available for purchase. They are now. Go. Hunt.

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Sounders FC officials were very excited after Thursday’s happenings at the SuperDraft, but most teams are after such events. We’ll have to wait months before we even begin to assign value to what Seattle accomplished — though that hasn’t stopped several people from already issuing draft-day grades. Seems odd to me.

Generally, there are two draft strategies you hear around drafts: 1) taking the best player available and 2) filling a need. It looks like Seattle did both, while also acquiring much needed allocation money.

Michael Tetteh was the last remaining Generations Adidas player available (read about his story here) and the four other picks were highly rated by Sounders FC. We’ll see how good the scouting was — and, of course, player development will also play a big part.

When you look at the players Seattle lost this offseason, nearly every departure was seemingly addressed in the draft:

Sanna Nyassi‘s pace and forward-thinking play could be partly eased by Tetteh. Even if they each claim a different dominant foot.

Tyrone Marshall went to Colorado in the re-entry draft, but the big, strong Leone Cruz (follow him on Twitter) could be in that same mold.

Nathan Sturgis was a center midfielder with defensive skills, but Servando Carrasco (while said to be more in the Osvaldo Alonso mode) helps the depth at holding midfielder.

Peter Vagenas was known as one of the better passers in midfield and Alex Caskey was praised for that ability by Chris Henderson.

— Not to mention the team needed a third goalkeeper and got the best on its board in Bryan Meredith.

Obviously, nothing is guaranteed and competition for roster spots should be pretty intense. Upon first glance at the Sounders FC draft class, however, it appears as though the team got the best player available at No. 20 and addressed its needs.

For now, that’s all we know. Some links after the jump:

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Wrapping up the SuperDraft

Here’s are draft recaps for all the teams around the league: Chicago Fire, Chivas USA, Colorado Rapids, Columbus Crew, D.C. United, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo, Los Angeles Galaxy, New England Revolution, New York Red Bulls, Philadelphia Union, Portland Timbers, Real Salt Lake, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders FC (from who else?), Sporting Kansas City, Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps.

Other drafts links from MLSsoccer.com: team-by-team selections and a list of all 54 picks.

MLS commissioner Don Garber shared some thoughts with FanHouse and Goal.com.

Look ahead to Tuesday’s supplemental draft with this primer.

Other notes of local interest

All I know is this story in Spanish addresses the future of Uruguayan star Diego Forlan and also Sounders FC. Whether interest down the line is real or shared is anyone’s guess.

That March 26 friendly between the U.S. men’s national team and Argentina was officially announced and is going to the New Meadowlands Stadium, as rumored a while back.

Top Drawer Soccer has some rankings for upcoming prospects from the area. A handful of the Sounders FC academy kids make the list. Look for the “Pacific Northwest” header.

Kitsap Pumas season tickets are now on sale.

There’s also a local coaching job on the market, if you hadn’t heard.

Final links from all over

Did you see that Guillermo Barros Schelotto is headed back to Argentina? Also the Celtic-Dwayne De Rosario loan is reportedly off. USMNT national Robbie Findley got his work permit to help out his new situation and American midfielder Jermaine Jones has a new team.

CONCACAF is arguing its case for another guaranteed World Cup bid. Also here a couple stories out on how Qatar “bought” the 2022 tournament.

Lastly, ticket sales are looking good — reportedly up 300% — at FC Dallas and Robbie Savage is torn about a possible move from Derby County to Vancouver.

Showboatting

A good showing last week. Enjoy!

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