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MLS Supplemental draft begins at 10:45

Just five days after the its two-round SuperDraft, the MLS phones will be ringing again today as the league holds its four-round Supplemental Draft starting at 10:45 this morning.

You call follow along with league picks through this MLSsoccer.come link. And this blog will update with each Sounders pick.

Before going any further, one basic question: Why didn't they just have a six-round draft on Thursday?

“The dividing out, probably, as much as anything, is to make it so that it’s not a 12-hour draft, and also to let teams go back home and regroup a little bit," Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer said last week. "They just try and provide some time for teams to get themselves organized for that part of it ... When you’re picking in the supplemental part of the draft, to some degree, it’s a numbers game because they’re players that we probably haven’t seen as much as the top players. It’s players that you’re not sure how they’re going to react coming into a professional environment. It’s players that haven’t played at as high of a level, necessarily, maybe coming from smaller schools. It’s a chance for us to bring three, four, five more players into camp. Sometimes there’s a diamond in the rough. Realistically, the second round of the supplemental draft is the round which we chose Mike Fucito, so there’s always a chance of that sort of pick.”

Speaking of Fucito, this MLS Supplemental Draft preview uses him as the poster boy for late-draft diamonds in the rough ... which is what everyone is looking for today ... and especially the Sounders, who don't get going until the 33rd pick today.

The Sounders have the 33rd, 34th, 53rd and 72nd picks. They lost their first-round pick to Chicago in a deal last season that allowed them to sign forward Sammy Ochoa. They gained a second pick in the second round in a trade with Dallas.

“There’s a few guys that are still out there that I think can come in and fill in some of the spots that we need for depth,” technical director Chris Henderson said. “We’re going to look for that gem who can come in and make the team and surprise us.”

New and veteran Sounders will report to training camp Thursday at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila. The club begins competitive play March 7, meeting Santos Laguna in a CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal match at CenturyLink Field. Sounders FC begins its fourth MLS regular season March 17 at home against Toronto FC.