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Then there were 14…

Posted on 26 November 2008 by ASN Staff

Seattle Sounders FC picked 10 players in the expansion draft Wednesday, to bring their total squad count to 14. The biggest name selected in the draft was likely Nate Jaqua‘s. Jaqua, who re-signed with the Dynamo over the summer after a six-month stint in Austria, scored four goals and four assists in 14 league games this season.

Jaqua, Jarrod Smith (taken from Toronto FC) and Jason Riley (San Jose Earthquakes) join Swedish star Freddie Ljungberg on a suddenly crowded front line that could also feature Khano Smith (New England Revolution) on the wing.

Former U.S. Under-20 starter Nate Sturgis (Real Salt Lake), former U.S. Olympian Peter Vagenas (L.A. Galaxy), Stephen King (Chicago Fire) and just-crowned MLS Cup champion Brad Evans (Columbus Crew) were drafted to fill out a midfield with previously-signed Sanna Nyassi and Sebastien Le Toux.

New York Red Bulls defender Jeff Parke, who is suspended for the first four games of the season after violating the league’s substance abuse policy, will anchor a young defensive line. Tyson Wahl, a third year player taken from the Kansas City Wizards, is the only other defender on the Sounders’ roster. Kasey Keller will start in goal.

The team that takes the field for the season opener on March 21 will likely be vastly different than the one assembled today. Several players could be used as trade bait and others could sign via the waiver wire, as free agents, or in the SuperDraft.

Sounders fans, your thoughts on the team so far?

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1 Comments For This Post

  1. CBielstein Says:

    Well, I’m not a Sounders FC fan, per say, but I’ll start the discussion off. I would be excited about Stephen King. Honestly, I was a bit surprised to see him unprotected, but not surprised at all that Sounders snapped him up. He did nothing but good for Chicago, and was in top form during the Fire’s last few games. I’m looking forward to seeing more from King next season.

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