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August 7, 2014 at 1:48 PM

David Estrada traded to D.C. United

Sounders FC attacker David Estrada has been traded to D.C. United for a third-round pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft, the club announced Thursday. Estrada has been with the club since 2010, when he was drafted with the 11th pick in the draft, but spent long stretches on loan – including two stints with the Charlotte…

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January 21, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Sounders take Stefano Rijssel, Fabio Pereira in final rounds of MLS SuperDraft

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…

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January 20, 2014 at 11:24 PM

MLS SuperDraft, Day 2 tracker

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…

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January 16, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Sounders FC’s Chris Henderson: ‘I don’t think … I’ve seen a first round like that.’

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.”

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January 16, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Schmid: ‘We’re still looking at a couple things for midfield (help) and then we’ll be set to go.’

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.

Here is a transcript:

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January 15, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Who the Sounders could pick in Thursday’s MLS SuperDraft

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.

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January 14, 2014 at 1:37 PM

A stop and chat with Kurt Schmid about the MLS SuperDraft, homegrown signings

kurt schmid mug 2013Reporters 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.”

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