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Schmid says Sounders have drafted well

Sounders FC Draft History2009Round (Overall)1 (1) Steve Zakuani FW Akron2 (16) Evan Brown DF Wake Forest3 (31) Jared Karkas DF Azusa Pacific4 (46) Mike Fucito MF Harvard

2010 1 (11) David Estrada MF UCLA2 (27) Michael Seamon MF Villanova3 (43) traded to Houston for Patrick Ianni in 20094 (59) Jamel Wallace DF San Diego State

20111 (11) traded to Portland with international spot (alter HOU) for allocation money in exchange for 2nd round pick2 (20) Michael Tetteh DF UC Santa Barbara

Acquired from Portland 2 (21) Leone Cruz DF SMU

Acquired from D.C. for Stephen King2 (27) Servando Carrasco MF Cal

Acquired from Chicago for Freddie Ljungberg2 (29) Bryan Meredith GK Monmouth3 (47) Alex Caskey MF Davidson

2011 Supplemental1 (11) Josh Ford GK Connecticut2 (29) Corey Attaway MF UC Irvine3 (47) Sean Morris MF Seattle U.

I asked coach Sigi Schmid this week what he thinks of the Sounders' draft record so far:

"I think we've done well," he said. "You look at players, I mean Zakuani is with our team, so is Mike Fucito. Michael Seamon is still with our team: Brian Meredith, Josh Ford, Servando Carrasco ... those are all players that we picked up in the draft. So from that standpoint I think it's pretty comparable to what other teams do, especially after the first year we were never picking in the top 10. When you're outside of the top five or top 10 it makes it a lot more difficult. ... If you can get a couple of players out of each draft that can stick with your team, that's good, especially when you're outside of the top 10. And when you're in the top 10, you need to find a guy hopefully that's going to be an impact guy for you very quickly. We haven't had that option since Year One (Zakuani), and we did that very well in Year One with Steve Zauani."