The Sounders selected forward Dawyne Smith and defender Daniel Steres in the 2012 MLS Waiver Draft on Wednesday. Seattle now had their MLS rights, but would have to negotiate a contract before adding them to the roster.
Both were taken in the MLS Supplemental Draft in January — Smith, a 24 year old from Bethel University, went third overall to New England and Steres, a 21 year old from San Diego State, went 28th overall to Chivas. Neither earned a contract, but according to the MLS roster rules would’ve gone on those teams’ respective “College Protected Lists” if not selected in the waiver draft. That means New England and Chivas would’ve kept their rights through the end of 2013.
Smith had been on the roster of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds of the USL-Pro.
Steres has already trained several weeks this season with the Sounders, I believe in February and March. I’m pretty sure he even played in a few reserve games.