Those rules offer no relief for the Sounders, who can't take advantage of any exceptions for Generation Adidas players or homegrown players, and who must protect DP's Blaise Nkufo and Alvaro Fernandez or risk losing them.
I discussed the draft a bit today with Sounders technical director Chris Henderson.
On whether there were any surprises in the draft rules: "It’s the same as what we thought it would be."
On what the team learned from last season's expansion draft, when Sebastien Le Toux was lost to Philadelphia and went on to become an All Star: "We learned that we’re going to lose a good player. You have to look at everything. The playing, the salaries, the contracts and make your decisions as a staff. We think that we have a really good roster and we’re going to lose a good player or maybe two. We lost Sebastian last year. And there were other good players that we left unprotected that we wouldn’t have liked to lose, either. He’s had a super year there. We just have to make sure that we’re preparing for the next move. If we lose a guy there, how do we replace him."
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On the possibility of roster moves before the draft: "There’s things you can try to find out: Vancouver and Portland, who are they leaning toward taking. There’s a small trade window just before. It’s a one-day trade window that I think will come the Friday before the draft. There’s like a five-hour window. … If you’re going to make a trade for a player you want to protect him. There’s (SuperDraft picks or) allocation money also that you could trade for."