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January 22, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Sounders pick five in supplemental draft

MLS Logo.jpgIt’ll be tough to provide much live coverage of Tuesday’s MLS supplemental draft on the blog since its 11 a.m. start time conflicts with Sounders FC training.

I’ll try to pass along picks on Twitter, though you can also use this draft tracker on the league website. Keep in mind, Seattle acquired the No. 5 pick overall in the trade that sent Jeff Parke to Philadelphia. The four others are the team’s natural picks.

The Sounders have had a bit of draft success in later rounds, whether it be Mike Fucito (2009, fourth round), Alex Caskey (2011, third round), Josh Ford (2011, fourth round) or trading to get Andy Rose (2012, third round), so we’ll see if they can keep that up.

Here are Seattle’s picks, which I will fill in after practice:

No. 5 (first round via Philadelphia) — F Will Bates, Virginia

No. 16 (first round) — M Kevin Durr, Air Force Academy

No. 35 (second round) — M Kevin Olali, South Florida

No. 54 (third round) — M Lebogang Moloto, Lindsey Wilson College

No. 73 (fourth round) — F Jennings Rex, UNC Charlotte

NOTE: Anthony Arena, a Kenmore native and Sounders FC U-23s product, was drafted Tuesday by Houston in the first round. Washington midfielder Ben Fisk was selected by New York in the second round and Machael David of Tacoma was taken by Colorado in the third round.

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UPDATE 1:00 p.m. — Some thoughts from coach Sigi Schmid after the jump, plus some highlights for Bates and Moloto…

(How’d you do in the draft?) “OK. In the supplemental draft (there are) always a lot of players in there that teams for various reasons have a feeling that this guy might have some success or not have success. We were happy with the guys we picked. There were guys that we had scouted and we had seen, either in games or in our combine, and feel that there’s something there. We’ll bring them in and see how that develops.”
(And Andy Rose proved last year that there’s talent to be had, right?) “There’s definitely talent. Now it’s called the supplemental draft. Before it used to be a four-round (SuperDraft). I think I picked Alejandro Moreno at sort of the end of the third; he had a pretty good career for himself, so there’s always guys. Jeff Parke is the infamous one who got picked lasts in the draft; he’s has had a pretty good career, so you never know who’s going to come through and pan out in the very end.”
(How many of those were at your combine and what can you tell us about them?) “Four. Four out of the five were at our combine, so our combine is important for us in that regard. Bates is a player who scored almost as many goals in four years as (first-round SuperDraft pick Ryan Finley) did at Notre Dame, and he fell a little bit because he had some knee issues there. He’s going to have knee surgery for his meniscus that we’re going to talk about, so there’s a little bit of a risk, but we feel if that goes well, we’ve got ourselves a good player. He won’t be here in the immediate future, so we have to see about him. Kevin Durr is in the Air Force Academy, so with him we’ve got to talk, see how that whole thing works. We think he’s a good player. His background was he grew up in Germany, has played with Bayer Leverkusen’s youth. He played at Bayern Munich’s youth teams. Unsolicited from other coaches, they would say, ‘Hey, there’s a good player there.’ Air Force guys can play pro; he has to work that out and talk about things, but it’s something he’s interested in doing. Moloto is a young African who’s done well in the NAIA and somebody’s whose stock probably fell going into the draft. Everybody thought he might’ve been a first or second rounder; his stock fell a little bit. Olali is a wide player who was very impressive at our combine. He’s a winger who can go at people. Then Jennings Rex, he’s just a forward that runs all over the place. Somebody said he could be Roger Levesque, we’re not sure.”
(Does he have a mustache?) “He’s got an interesting haircut and all that. Maybe (Roger) transplanted himself in Charlotte. You never know.”


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