The final two rounds of the MLS SuperDraft went quickly — like 30 minutes fast.
Sounders FC selected forward/midfielder Stefano Rijssel of Trinidadian club W Connection FC with the No. 55 overall pick in the third round and midfielder Fabio Pereira from the University of Michigan with the No. 77 pick.
Rijssel, 21, is from Surinam (5 foot 6, 171 pounds) and Pereira, 22, is Brazilian (5 foot 11, 168 pounds).
Here are some press release quotes from Sounders FC assistant coach and scout, Kurt Schmid:
“Stefano is a young player that Ezra Hendrickson scouted at the Caribbean combine and we all saw at the MLS Combine. He showed good tactical sense as well as physical qualities. He can play wide in midfield but also has some versatility.”
“Fabio has done well throughout his college career. He’s a player we had a chance to work with closely at our Las Vegas combine as well. We like his soccer IQ and technical ability. Fabio can play all over midfield and has a good engine. Both players have the ability to compete for a spot on our roster.”