Sounders assistant coach/scout Kurt Schmid spoke with the media early this afternoon by conference call, discussing the MLS SuperDraft coming up Thursday.
Here are some highlights:
On the quality of this draft class: I think it’s similar to last year. There’s 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 picks there, and the quality is pretty consistent for a bit. Overall positionally, I think the fullbacks are maybe a little thin. I think centerbacks, there’s quite a few of them.
On how that lines up with the Sounders’ needs: It matches our needs fine. We try to pick the guy who we fell is the best player, but all things being equal talent-wise, yeah, we’ll pick a guy that we feel we need a little more. I think getting a young centerback in would be nice. I think at the fullback spots we’re OK with Leo and DeAndre and Dylan right now. I think if we could find another midfield depth right now, that would be nice as well. But you know obviously with some homegrown signings with (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. That’s something that we’ve essentially already drafted a midfielder and a forward.
Schmid said he couldn’t speculate on where Okoli and Kovar might have been drafted, or even what kind of roles await them this season. He said the club doesn’t necessarily expect them to come in and start 34 games, but he notes the club also probably didn’t expect all that it got from homegrown DeAndre Yedlin last season.