The preseason pace is picking up.
Here are some updates from the Sounders:
Eight members of the Sounders FC management and coaching staff will be in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for the adidas MLS Player Combine. The combine features 75 top pro prospects and begins Friday and concludes January 12 at the Central Broward Regional Park.
General manager Adrian Hanauer and technical director Chris Henderson will be joined in Florida by head coach Sigi Schmid and his staff of assistants: Brian Schmetzer, Ezra Hendrickson, Tom Dutra, David Tenney and Kurt Schmid.
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Earlier this week, MLS announced the complete Generation adidas Class of 2010, plus the signing of several college seniors.
“This is a pretty deep class, with a lot of similarities to the 2009 class,” said Henderson. “From this group, both the Generation adidas players and the next group of college seniors, there will be some players who make an impact right away in 2010.” There are 12 players signed to Generation adidas Class of 2010. In addition to training and playing with an MLS team, Generation adidas players receive educational grants to further their college education. Generation adidas players do not count against an MLS team’s salary budget. The 2009 Generation adidas class produced seven first round selections in last year’s SuperDraft. The Sounders FC took Steve Zakuani (Seattle Sounders FC) with the first overall pick. Omar Gonzalez, chosen third overall by the Los Angeles Galaxy, went on to become the 2009 MLS Rookie of the Year The three finalists for the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy, awarded to the top player in Division I, are all signed. Corben Bone of Wake Forest and Teal Bunbury of Akron, are members of the 2010 Generation adidas class. Akron’s Andre Akpan is one of the League’s collegiate senior signings. The M.A.C. Hermann Trophy winner will be announced on Friday, January 8 in St. Louis.
Seattle Holds Three Picks in 2010The 2010 MLS SuperDraft will be held on Thursday, January 14, beginning at 11 a.m. PT at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The SuperDraft will run approximately four hours from start to finish with the first hour being broadcast live on ESPN2. The remainder of the draft can be followed on MLSnet.com.
The SuperDraft will be comprised of four rounds with a total of 64 picks (16 per round). Philadelphia Union, the League’s expansion team, will draft first. Sounders FC holds three selections in this year’s draft.
Seattle’s 2010 SuperDraft Picks:Round 1 (Pick 11)
Round 2 (Pick 27)
Round 3 (No Pick; Traded Rights to Pick 43 to Houston for Defender Patrick Ianni)
Round 4 (Pick 59)
Seated at the Sounders FC draft table in Philadelphia will be General Manager Adrian Hanauer, Technical Director Chris Henderson, Head Coach Sigi Schmid, Assistant Coach Brian Schmetzer and Assistant Coach/Scout Kurt Schmid.