Andrew Duran Early Preseason Training (Courtesy Chris Coulter / SoundersPhotos)
Seattle's two SuperDraft picks signed with the team today. Andrew Duran and Babayele Sodade can now officially call themselves members of Seattle Sounders FC. Picked in the first round Duran offers depth across the backline. Sigi Schmid describes his play in the press release.
"Andrew was our first round pick and we feel he is a very solid defender," said Sounders FC head coach Sigi Schmid. "He either wins his duels or doesn't lose his duels, which is important. His passing has been good for us out of the back and he's also very versatile, two-footed and has played at left and right back as well as in the middle."
By making the roster Sodade increases his chances of representing Canada in Olympic Qualifying. His role with the Sounders will be as a typical target forward.
"Sodade represents something a little different from our other forwards," said Schmid. "He's a big, physical presence up there. We think there's a lot of raw talent there and we like his attitude-he works very hard, he's got good speed and good feet for a big guy. Sodade is a player who will provide us with some alternatives up front."
While neither player is high on the depth chart at this time the team has demonstrated a willingness to develop players over multiple years as exhibited by David Estrada, Mike Seamon and the departed Fucito and Neagle.
There may be further announcements, but the team is currently roster compliant. Pending any announcements to the Injured List the status of Alex Caskey and Andy Rose is up in the air. Andrew Weber announced over twitter that he signed, but that is not yet official.