Here’s some good background information from the club, in advance of Thursday’s MLS SuperDraft:
Seattle Holds Two Picks in Thursday’s SuperDraft
The transition from offseason to preseason begins Thursday when the MLS SuperDraft is held at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. Four days later, on Monday, January 21, Sounders FC players and coaches will convene at Starfire Sports in Tukwila, Wash., to start preparations for the 2013 campaign.
The 2013 MLS SuperDraft will include two rounds and 38 overall selections. Sounders FC holds a pair of picks on draft day, the 16th and 35th overall selections.
Fans may watch the 2013 MLS SuperDraft, presented by adidas, live on MLSsoccer.com, ESPN3, ESPNFC, and YouTube. The first round begins at 9 a.m. PT on Thursday.
For the ninth consecutive year, the MLS SuperDraft will be held in conjunction with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Convention. Toronto FC holds the top pick as clubs were ranked in reverse order of regular season finish.
A four-round Supplemental Draft will take place via conference call on Tuesday, January 22, 2013. Seattle holds the 5th (acquired via trade with Philadelphia), 16th, 35th, 54th and 73rd picks in the Supplemental Draft.
Sounders FC representatives at the SuperDraft will be owner and general manager Adrian Hanauer, head coach Sigi Schmid, sporting director Chris Henderson, assistant coach Brian Schmetzer and assistant coach/scout Kurt Schmid.
Upcoming Key Dates (subject to change)
Thursday, January 17 – MLS SuperDraft (Indianapolis)
Monday, January 21 – Preseason Training Begins (Starfire, Tukwila, Wash.)
Tuesday, January 22 – MLS Supplemental Draft (New York)
Tuesday, January 29 – International Friendly: USA vs. Canada (Houston, Texas)
Tuesday, January 29-Tuesday, February 5 – Preseason Training Camp (Casa Grande, Arizona)
Wednesday, February 6-Sunday, February 10 – Preseason Training (Starfire, Tukwila, Wash.)
Wednesday, February 6 – 2014 World Cup Qualifying: USA at Honduras (San Pedro Sula, Honduras)
Monday, February 11-Saturday, February 23 – Preseason Training Camp (Tucson, Arizona)
Sunday, February 24 – Return to Seattle
Sounders FC Competition Schedule (subject to change)
Tuesday, February 5 – Training Game: Sounders FC vs. Portland Timbers (Tucson, Arizona)
Wednesday, February 13 – Desert Diamond Cup: Sounders FC vs. New England Revolution
Saturday, February 16 – Desert Diamond Cup: Sounders FC vs. Real Salt Lake
Wednesday, February 20 – Desert Diamond Cup: Sounders FC vs. New York Red Bulls
Saturday, February 23 – Desert Diamond Cup Final/3rd Place Game: Sounders FC vs. TBD
Saturday, March 2 – MLS First Kick: Sounders FC vs. Montreal Impact, Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field, Seattle
Wednesday, March 6 – CONCACAF Champions League: Sounders FC at Tigres UANL, Estadio Universitario, Monterrey, Mexico (leg one)
Tuesday, March 12 – CONCACAF Champions League: Sounders FC vs. Tigres UANL, Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field, Seattle (leg two)
Sounders FC Draft History
Sounders FC will participate in its fifth MLS SuperDraft on Thursday. Seattle has made 14 selections in the SuperDraft since 2009, most notably the club’s first-ever draft pick Steve Zakuani. Along with the speedy left winger, Seattle’s roster includes a total of six players that the club selected in the SuperDraft: David Estrada, Servando Carrasco, Alex Caskey, Andrew Duran and Babayele Sodade.
The club has also made seven selections over the past two years in the Supplemental Draft. Of those selections, goalkeeper Josh Ford is the lone remaining player, though Sounders FC acquired midfielder Andy Rose in a trade during the 2012 Supplemental Draft.
1 (1) Steve Zakuani FW Akron
2 (16) Evan Brown DF Wake Forest
3 (31) Jared Karkas DF Azusa Pacific
4 (46) Mike Fucito MF Harvard
1 (11) David Estrada MF UCLA
2 (27) Mike Seamon MF Villanova
3 (43) Traded to Houston for Patrick Ianni in 2009
4 (59) Jamel Wallace DF San Diego State
1 (11) Traded to Portland with international spot for allocation money in exchange for 2nd round pick
2 (20) Michael Tetteh DF UC Santa Barbara
*Acquired from Portland
2 (21) Leone Cruz DF SMU
*Acquired from D.C. for Stephen King
2 (27) Servando Carrasco MF Cal
*Acquired from Chicago for Freddie Ljungberg
2 (29) Bryan Meredith GK Monmouth
3 (47) Alex Caskey MF Davidson
1 (11) Josh Ford GK Connecticut
2 (29) Corey Attaway MF UC Irvine
3 (47) Sean Morris MF Seattle U.
1 (15) Andrew Duran DF Creighton
2 (34) Babayele Sodade FW UAB
2 (33) Tim Pontius DF UCSB
2 (34) Jason Banton MF Liverpool Reserves
3 (53) Abdul Aman FW Washington
4 (72) Wes Feighner DF Cal Poly
*Acquired midfielder Andy Rose (UCLA) from Real Salt Lake in exchange for the rights to defender Leone Cruz. Rose was taken by Salt Lake with the 6th overall selection.
2013 MLS SuperDraft Preview
Sounders FC will pick 16th and 35th overall in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft on Thursday. Seattle also holds five selections in next Tuesday’s Supplemental Draft.
Toronto FC holds the first and third overall selections in the SuperDraft and the L.A. Galaxy hold the final pick. Cascadia Cup rivals Portland traded away its lone first-round choice while Vancouver will select fifth and 10th overall.
Seattle’s 2013 MLS SuperDraft Picks
16th overall (natural)
35th overall (natural)
Seattle’s 2013 MLS Supplemental Draft Picks
5th overall (acquired via trade with Philadelphia Union)
16th overall (natural)
35th overall (natural)
54th overall (natural)
73rd overall (natural)
2013 Draft Notes
* Seattle traded an undisclosed draft choice to Toronto FC for the No. 1 allocation priority (Marcus Hahnemann)
* Seattle traded an undisclosed draft choice to Real Salt Lake for the No. 1 discovery priority (Mario Martinez)
* Seattle traded its third round natural selection in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft for the first overall pick in Stage 2 of the 2011 MLS Re-Entry Process (Marc Burch)