As I start this post, the first pick in the MLS SuperDraft is about 45 minutes away, and as of now that pick still belongs to Seattle Sounders FC.
As I write this, the first pick in the MLS SuperDraft is about 45 minutes away. As as of now, that pick still belongs to Seattle Sounders.
Once that first pick is made, things should move along pretty quickly. The 15 MLS teams have four minutes to make a selection in the first and second rounds, and hree minutes in the third and fourth rounds. Each team get one five minute timeout.
The Sounders have the rights to the first pick in each round, meaning the first, 16th, 31st and 46th picks overall.
Here's how Steve Davis of MLSnet.com sees Seattle's goals for the day:
Seattle: The Sounders pick first, and Steve Zakuani is the name everyone is hearing as (potentially) the next MLS No. 1 pick. Of course, we've all been wrong before. Remember, at this time last year Eric Avila and Julius James were the most-often floated names to be called No. 1. Avila fell all the way to No. 17. James was taken in the ninth spot. So, bet on Zakuani at your own peril.
Then again, don't be surprised if Sigi Schmid sends the No. 1 pick elsewhere, adding an extra early selection to the Sounders' list of assets. With only 15 players currently on roster, it could serve Schmid well to utilize two good picks instead of one great one.
I'll be back with each FC pick as it is made and Sounders reaction as it is made available.
The first hour of the draft will be shown on ESPN2.