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Sounders SuperDraft decision due 11 a.m.

Things could change at any moment, but they haven't changed yet, so here' my Sounders SuperDraft preview.

Last night I got what is likely my last pre-draft chat with Sounders coach Sigi Schmid.

I had been on the road most of the day, so the first thing I had to ask was whether the Sounders still had the No. 1 pick.

Schmid's answer: "Not yet, anyway, but the night's still young."

Interesting as that answer is, Schmid seems to have absolutely no problem holding on to the No. 1 pick.

"I think we picked up a good mix of veterans from the expansion draft," he said. "We're still looking at signing a couple of foreign players for sure, and we'll add some veteran players as well. So I think we're going to get a good mix that way. So I think I'd feel OK about that. But if the right veteran came along, we're certainly not going to close our eyes to it.

"Using the No. 1 pick we want it to be a player that A, has a big upside and somebody that can step in and contribue now. If you can get that out of a first-round pick, I think that's tremendous as well."

As for positions of need, well, there are enough of those where the Sounders are free to go with the best soccer player available.

"Everything's really open," he said. "Being an expansion team not having played any games it's not like we can say "OK this is the area now we really need to concentrate on or focus on. We're just trying to keep adding good players. I'm a coach who – when I was a college coach and even in MLS – sometimes have a tendency to move players to different positions. ... I think when you find a good player and you have too many players in one position, generally you can find one of the guys who might be adaptable to another position, so it's a matter of getting good players."

Of course, we'll find out about all of this within a matter of hours.

The plan is to keep the running blog open all day with the picks/trades as they happen, and hopefully for your comments.

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