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…More
The second day of the MLS SuperDraft starts at 11 a.m. Tuesday on a leaguewide conference call. The third and fourth rounds remain, and Sounders FC owns the No. 55 and 77 overall picks. Some guys taken at 55 or later in previous years? Chris Wondolowski. Dan Kennedy. Jeff Parke. Jeff Larentowicz. Here is a story…More
Sounders FC sporting director Chris Henderson spoke briefly with reporters after the MLS SuperDraft. Here is a quick transcript:
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(What are your impressions from what looked to be a wild draft day?) “It was a crazy draft. I don’t think, in the years that I’ve been here, I’ve seen a first round like that. So many moves and action. There was a lot of things behind the scenes that didn’t happen also. I thought it was a good draft. We feel really good about it and it addressed some of the needs that we had. It was an interesting draft with all the movement.”More
The MLS SuperDraft has a little bit of everything. We saw draft day trades, highly projected players falling, and two timeouts were called! Here’s who I thought had the best day at the draft, and which teams got the best value in the second round.More
Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid spoke with reporters after Thursday’s MLS SuperDraft, where Seattle selected defenders Damion Lowe and Jimmy Ockford. Schmid spoke to how the draft went (the Sounders tried to trade up), how roster construction has gone, the new-look defense, Eriq Zavaleta’s future, expecting Obafemi Martins to report Day 1 of preseason and more.
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First, here’s who a few experts have the Sounders taking in the first round…
Simon Borg, MLSSoccer.com: Tesho Akindele, Colorado School of Mines, midfielder/forward
Matthew Doyle, MLSSoccer.com: Kyle Venter, New Mexico, defender
Nate Sulat, MLSSoccer.com: Schillo Tshuma, Maryland, forward (Generation Adidas)
Ives Galarcep, Goal.com: A.J. Cochran, Wisconsin, defender (Generation Adidas)
TopDrawerSoccer.com: Ben Sweat, South Florida, defender (with 13th pick)
Obviously, the last two mocks are not up-to-date with the Sounders’ trade on Wednesday with the Fire, but Kotlov and Sweat could both be options for the club with the 8th pick.More
With the MLS SuperDraft set for Thursday, I figured it was a good time for a reminder of which picks Sounders FC holds, particularly after Wednesday’s trade, which saw Seattle and Chicago swap first-round selections. The Sounders will pick once in each of the four rounds at No. 8, 21, 55 and 77 overall. The first…More
Reporters got a chance to speak with Sounders FC assistant coach and scout Kurt Schmid on a conference call Tuesday. Schmid was available to preview the upcoming MLS SuperDraft, assess the state of college soccer and speak a little bit about recent homegrown signings Sean Okoli and Aaron Kovar.
Here is a full transcript:
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(What are your impressions of this year’s draft class?) “I think it’s similar to last year in terms of there are maybe fewer difference-makers than some years past, but I think you can still find guys, and once you get past the first handful of picks or so, I think there are a lot of solid players there and the quality is pretty consistent for a bit. Overall, positionally, I think the fullbacks are maybe a little thin. I think center backs, there’s quite a few of them. Those are sort of the big positional reads that I have.”
(How do you think the draft class aligns with the team’s needs?) “I think it matches our needs fine. We try to pick the guy who we feel is the best player, but all things being equal talent-wise, then yeah, we’ll pick a guy that we feel we need a little more. I think getting a young center-back in would be nice. I think at the fullback spots we’re OK with Leo (Gonzalez) and DeAndre (Yedlin) and Dylan (Remick) right now. I think if we could find another midfield depth (player) right now, that would be nice, as well. But you know obviously with some homegrown signings in (forward Sean Okoli and midfielder Aaron Kovar), those are two guys that would essentially be draft picks that are already on the team, so we don’t need to worry about those two spots. We’ve essentially already drafted a midfielder and a forward.”More
J.R. Eskilson covers soccer across the country for Top Drawer Soccer and always has a pulse on the college game. We asked him about the quality of the 2014 SuperDraft class, who the Sounders may look to draft on Thursday, and what the club is getting in homegrown signings Aaron Kovar and Sean Okoli.
Seattle Times: As of this moment, what player do you think D.C. United will take with the first overall pick?
J.R. Eskilson: D.C. United is in a tricky spot. The franchise would be better off if it traded out of the top pick – added a player and more picks. The Generation Adidas class does not have any breakout stars – there are a lot of good players but no player that I would point to and say that guy is going to be great from day one. If D.C. United sticks with the spot, I think they roll the dice and take Christian Dean with the top pick. He is a big center back, athletic, strikes the ball clean. I don’t think he is the most pro-ready out of the bunch – I actually prefer his teammate Steve Birnbaum – but he is Generation Adidas so the salary does not count against the cap and it gives D.C. something to build around for now.
ST: If you were starting a new MLS franchise and had the first pick of the draft, would you still take Dean?
JE: No. I’d go after Andre Blake. D.C. United has a good, young keeper in Bill Hamid so there is no need to select a keeper in this draft. The reason Blake appeals to me beyond the obvious skills and athleticism is the vast difference between him and the next goalkeeper in the draft. Defensively, I think there are center backs that could go in round two or three that are close to par with the top names on the board. The same could be said in midfield – maybe to a lesser extent at forward. Goalkeeper is the position where the greatest difference is between the first players and second on my draft board.More