An indication that the new season is just around the corner is the departure later this week of Sounders FC management and technical staff for the 2011 adidas MLS Player Combine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. General manager Adrian Hanauer and technical director Chris Henderson will be joined at the combine by head coach Sigi Schmid and his staff. The annual player combine will be held at Central Broward Regional Park from January 7-11. The Combine will separate all players into four teams and feature two games per day on January 8, 10 and 11. Last week, MLS announced the nine-player Generation adidas Class of 2011, plus the signing of four college seniors. Among the signees are two of the three finalists for the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy, the highest individual honor in intercollegiate soccer. Will Bruin of Indiana and Darlington Nagbe from Akron are each members of Generation adidas. The third MAC Hermann finalist is Colin Rolfe from Louisville. The award winner will be announced Friday in St. Louis.
SuperDraft: Four Picks in First Two RoundsSounders FC holds four picks in the first two rounds of the 2011 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas. The SuperDraft will take place at the Baltimore Convention Center on Thursday, January 13 at 9 a.m. PT. In addition to its 11th overall selection in the first round, Seattle acquired two additional second-round picks via trades last season. It obtained D.C. United's pick (21st overall) in the Stephen King trade and Chicago's choice (27th overall) in the Freddie Ljungberg deal. Sounders FC also has its own pick at Number 29. "We increased our efforts in scouting and we were able to cover the college game quite thoroughly," said technical director Chris Henderson. "We are pleased with the level of talent coming out and we feel that with the number of picks we have we will find players to contribute to our roster in 2011." Expansion teams Vancouver and Portland, respectively, hold the first two selections in the 2011 SuperDraft. Sounders FC Draft History2009Rnd/Overall1/1 Steve Zakuani FWD Akron2/16 Evan Brown DEF Wake Forest3/31 Jared Karkas DEF Azusa Pacific 4/46 Mike Fucito MID/FW Harvard 2010 1/11 David Estrada FWD UCLA2/27 Michael Seamon MID Villanova3/43 traded to HOU 4/59 Jamel Wallace DEF San Diego State