Seattle Sounders FC came into this morning’s MLS SuperDraft with a reletivly short list of needs they were looking to fill — three of which were a center back, young left back and forward depth.
They met all three of those needs in only two picks.
With only a minute left for Toronto FC to make the 10th overall selection in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft, the Sounders called a five-minute timeout.
Eriq Zavaleta, a 6-1 forward with good jumping ability, could be a more effective Sammy Ochoa off the bench and in US Open Cup action.
A timeout when it wasn’t their pick. Cue General Manager Adrian Hanauer’s genius to kick into overdrive.
During the timeout the Sounders traded their 16th pick and extra allocation money to TFC for that 10th overall pick where they picked up forward/center back Eriq Zavaleta, a Generation Adidas player from Indiana University.
This is a pick for the Sounders that screams versatility all the way. Zavaleta started his collegiate career as a central defender for the Hoosiers, but last season moved to the forward slot where he scored 18 goals and notched five assists. He’s a pick that adds depth at multiple spots. Zavaleta was also the No.4 overall prospect on the Sounders draft board according to Sounder at Heart’s Jeremiah Oshan.
To say that Zavaleta is happy with Seattle selecting him might be an understatement too. (Full news conference)
“I really couldn’t have envisioned it to go any better. This is the most ideal situation I could have,” Zavaleta said. “I thought that this dream couldn’t get any better and it has.
Another key to the pick is that Zavaleta is a Generation Adidas player which means that his salary does not count toward the salary cap — something the Sounders are still over.
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Following the Zavaleta pick, Seattle had to wait until the 35th pick in the draft for their final selection where they grabbed Brown University left back Dylan Remick who was considered the team’s top rated left back in the draft according to manager Sigi Schmid.
Remick, a 6’0″ 165 lb. defender, has lighting quick pack from the left back spot and will immediatly add depth to a position that is getting older very quick for Seattle. It’d be surprising to see Remick challenge either Leo Gonzalez or Marc Burch right away, but as both of them age, Remick should develop nice.
Remick was also named a NSCAA second-team All-American in 2012, the first Brown soccer All-American since Jeff Larentowicz.
Here are some of Remick’s collegiate highlights.
Overall this needs to be considered a very good draft for the Rave Green who were able to fill needs, add depth and in the case of Zabaleta snag a player that could contribute early on in his career in more than one position.
Madison is the Digital Media Producer at the Yakima Herald-Republic. Originally from Spokane, Madison is a die-hard Seattle Sounders FC and USMNT fan. Along with loving soccer, he has an affinity for tacos and good bourbon — heck, even bad bourbon sometimes.