Sounders FC’s very first draft pick, midfielder Steve Zakuani, is no longer a part of the team. The 25-year-old fan favorite was selected by rival Portland in the first stage of the MLS Re-Entry Draft on Thursday.
Injuries limited Zakuani’s availability to about half of the five years he spent in Seattle, but his 17 league goals are still tied for third-most in franchise history.
Zakuani’s departure also means the Sounders are down to five “originals” from the inaugural game in 2009 — at least those who have stayed here the whole time — and there are still three months to go before opening day of the next season.
(Note: Leo Gonzalez was signed midway through the 2009 season, Lamar Neagle has come and gone a couple times)
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Osvaldo Alonso (acquired from Charleston on Jan. 26, 2009)
Brad Evans (acquired via expansion draft on Nov. 26, 2008)
Jhon Kennedy Hurtado (acquired on loan on Feb. 18, 2009)
Patrick Ianni (acquired via trade on Jan. 26, 2009)
Zach Scott (signed on March 16, 2009)