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Zavaleta not set in stone as center back

In addition to closing in on Shalrie Joseph as a midfielder, it seemed recently that the Sounders were settling in on top draft pick Eriq Zavaleta as a central defender.

Today, coach Sigi Schmid was asked if he has been cemented into that position.

"Not necessarily," Schmid said. "He still might pop up up front. You never know. I thought he had a good game in the last game against Salt Lake. I thought him and Ashani (Fairclough) played well together. He got off to a little bit of a shaky start in the game against New York. But he recovered from that. He’s done well, and that’s where we’ve needed him to play right now with Djimi (Traore) not here, with (Patrick) Ianni injured we’ve been short a couple of center backs. Now, once those guys are on board we might shove him up front again and look at him a little bit.

"But he’s got a future in this league, he’s got a future on this team. Exactly where is a little indeterminate right now. He’s still an athlete, too, that’s growing into his body. When you look at him, there’s a lot of corners there, a lot of edges he’s got to round out a little bit. We think he has capabilities where as he grows into his body, it will be easier to determine where he will end up."