I will preface this comment by saying that it is easy to ride the high wave of expectation post-SuperDraft projecting the best outcome for the Sounder's two picks.
But I must say that with these picks, the addition of the northern Euros and, dare I say, the subtraction of Riley, Wahl, etc. I feel like the water level of of the roster has been raised dramatically. And that competition for roster spots, 18s and starting spots will significantly raise the level of play from the bottom up. There was a clear charge from the coaching staff and some in the fan base (myself included) that the defense needed retooling and it was done. The maturity of Montero and work rate of Fucito and Leveque sets the bar for the newer forwards. And if the midfielders continue to work its magic through the skill and example of Ozzie and Mauro, it will be hard to keep my imagination from thinking about trophies this upcoming season.
I don't expect an immediate impact from any of the new signings (but bonus if that happens). I do expect that the technical staff are keen enough to bring in the rookies and newcomers who are able to compete and challenge the veterans and let them know that how valuable their spot is.
On paper and as defended by their own words, the additions made by the Sounders technical staff could be genius. But surely reality will hit and one of the additions will not pan out, injury-bug may strike yet again (knock on wood). What any fan whose club had a successful season wishes is that it gets better from last year. I am not any different. Though we won't know whether that's exactly the case until the games are played out, Sigi, Adrian & Co are sure making me believe this upward trend continues.