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Sounders U-23’s Peay and Stevenson Drafted in MLS SuperDraft

Tacoma, Wash. – With two Sounders U-23 stars already signed to the Sounders FC as homegrown players last week, two more Sounders U-23 alumni were drafted today in the MLS SuperDraft. 2012 Sounders U-23 defender, Taylor Peay was picked with the 26th overall selection to the Portland Timbers. Eight selections later, last summer’s U-23 midfielder, Eric Stevenson, was drafted by the New York RedBulls.

The Premier League Development was well represented at this year’s draft, with Peay and Stevenson among the 25 PDL alumni selected in the top 38 picks.

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Sounders hope for something among knee injury, Air Force guy, and “another Roger Levesque”

Sounders FC made five picks in today’s Supplemental Draft, hoping they got lucky amid some players with both flaws and potential.

“There are always a lot of players in there that teams for various reasons feel this guy might have success or not have success,” coach Sigi Schmid said. “We were happy with the guys we picked. They were guys we had scouted or we had seen either in games or through our combine and feel that

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Sounders have five picks in Tuesday draft

After picking up two players in the SuperDraft, the Sounders have five more picks Tuesday morning in MLS’ Supplemental Draft.

I asked sporting director Chris Henderson if there are still any potentially useful players who weren’t scooped up last week.

“We still have our list that we went through the SuperDraft, so we’re kind of going to go off that list,” he said. “It might be positional, but if go in order of who is left on our list, there is one or two guys that we hope could make the roster.”

It should be remembered that a productive

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Top pick eager to help at forward or centerback; Schmid says he’s leaning toward back line

We just got a few minutes of conference call time with Sounders’ first-round SuperDraft pick Eriq Zavaleta. Sigi Schmid says top pick’s future up front or on back line yet to be determined… but is might currently like him better in the back.

Here’s Zavaleta’s overview reaction to how things have played out so far:

I wasn’t exactly sure how this draft was going to go. I knew that this was going to be one of the crazier ones in years as far as trades go. You never know where you’re going to land, but I had a very, very, very good meetings at the combine with Seattle and with Sigi and the coaching staff. I knew of their interest, and I let them know how honored I would be to be a part of the Sounders’ organization, and for them to be able to trade up for me at 10 was a dream come true.

On if he knows Sounders plan for him positionally) I think there’s a hint, but I think I’m going to go into training camp and try to fill a need on the team and show myself at both positions and I’m sure that will be solved here in the coming weeks. Right now I’m just excited to get there and to work hard at whatever position they play me.

On if he’s disappointed to go No. 10) No. The number doesn’t matter to me. Wherever I went, I just wanted to go to a great organization. I couldn’t have got picked by a better one. What really matters is where I went, and this is a perfect place for me. Going one or going 10 doesn’t matter because I know I’ve got to prove myself on the field. You don’t make yourself on draft day: you make yourself on the field, and I’m ready to go prove myself.

Among the highlights, he said:
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Sounders U-23 Fernando Monge Drafted to MLS

Fernando Monge takes on the Portland Timber U-23 (photos by Chris Coulter,

Tacoma, WA – Sounders U-23 alum, Fernando Monge was drafted today to Major League Soccer by the Montreal Impact at the Indianapolis Convention Center. Monge was drafted with the 18th selection of the MLS SuperDraft 1st Round.


Sounders U-23 standout Fernando Monge was a standout midfielder in a roster with multiple MLS talents. Monge’s season was highlighted by an 88th minute, game-winner, on the road against Cascadia rival; Portland Timbers U-23. Fernando Monge

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Top of SuperDraft fits Sounders needs … but they might have to trade up from current No. 16 pick

2013 SuperDraft LogoThe strength of Thursday’s MLS SuperDraft class is along the back line, which fits the Sounders’ needs, said sporting director Chris Henderson (yes, his title has changed from “technical director).

However, that strength doesn’t seem to be 16 players deep, meaning the Sounders might have to move up or hope to strike gold late.

Here’s some of what Henderson had to so today about the coming draft.

“From this year’s class I would say the strengths are probably in the back, in the defensive positions. And then secondary, there’s a few attacking options as well. But I would say the top of the class is probably in the centerback position. But then there’s a bit of a drop-off after Read more »


MLS announces draft events, SuperDraft Jan. 17

This just in from the league:

Major League Soccer today announced details for the 2013 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas and the 2013 adidas MLS Player Combine.

For the ninth consecutive year, the MLS SuperDraft will be held in conjunction with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Convention, and take place on Thursday, January 17, at the Indiana Convention Center, in Indianapolis, Ind. The SuperDraft will beginat 12 p.m. ET.

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Five new Sounders: four in draft, one by trade

The Sounders drafted four players this morning in the MLS Supplemental Draft and then gained another this afternoon by trade.

Here’s the roundup from the club:

Seattle Sounders FC selected four players in Tuesday’s Major League Soccer Supplemental Draft. In a related move, Seattle also acquired the rights to UCLA midfielder Andy Rose from Real Salt Lake in exchange for the rights to defender Leone Cruz, taken 21st overall in 2011 MLS SuperDraft. Rose was taken by Salt Lake with the 6th overall selection in the 2012 Supplemental Draft.

Defender Tim Pontius of the University of California-Santa Barbara was taken with Seattle’s top pick (33rd overall) and midfielder Jason Banton of the Liverpool reserves was chosen with its second pick (34th overall). Seattle selected University of Washington forward Abdul Aman in the third round (53rd overall) and Cal Poly defender Wes Feighner with its final pick (72nd overall).

“I think we have a good balance with two defenders, two midfielders, and a forward. We were happy to do the trade to get Andy Rose,” said Sounders FC technical director Chris Henderson. “All of these players are going to have to fight to make the roster. We have a deep team.”

Rose, 21, played four seasons at UCLA. A native of England, the holding midfielder was named to the All-Pac-10 Conference First Team in 2010 and 2011. He started all 24 appearances as a senior and started 73 of 81 appearances in his college career, scoring five goals and adding 11 assists.

Pontius, 22, played four seasons at UCSB, making 34 starts in his 72 appearances. He was named to the All-Big West First Team as a senior when he started a career-high 20 games and scored three goals and one assist. Pontius is the younger brother of D.C. United forward Chris Pontius.

Banton, 19, played for England at the U-17 level and made his professional debut with League Two side Burton Albion in October 2011. He played in the youth systems of Arsenal, Blackburn Rovers and Liverpool before signing with Leicester City in July 2011.

Aman, 22, played one season for the Huskies, scoring two game-winning goals, and started six of his 14 appearances. Before joining UW, Aman played one season at Whatcom Community College in 2009 and was named the NWAACC North MVP after leading the league in scoring with 27 goals. He spent the 2008 season at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa, where he started 15 of 17 appearances, scoring 12 goals with five assists.

Feighner, 21, made 69 appearances for Cal Poly during his four-year college career. He was a second team All-Big West defender as a senior as he led the Mustangs to a 0.90 goals against average and seven shutouts. Feighner was part of the U-17 National Team in 2007.

Seattle had traded its 15th overall supplemental pick to Chicago in August for rights to Sammy Ochoa and acquired the 33rd overall selection from Dallas (originally Colorado) for Chris Seitz last year.

Prior to the supplemental draft, Sounders FC had selected two players in the MLS SuperDraft on January 12.

The season begins March 7 when Sounders FC will host Mexico’s Santos Laguna in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. PT on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field. Seattle opens MLS play at home on March 17 against Toronto FC.

Season tickets can be purchased by visiting or phoning 1-877-MLS-GOAL. Champions League tickets will go on sale on Monday, January 30 at 10 a.m. PT and will be available at, by calling 800-745-3000 and the CenturyLink Field Box Office as well as all Ticketmaster outlets.

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