Mike Fucito had a big week. He graduated from Harvard University. Next week he gets a big opportunity. To win that MLS contract with Sounders FC. Multiple sources have told me that early next week he will be joining the team.
Sounders FC also protected Jared Karkas, so both player's rights are held by Seattle, even though the protected date has passed.
Fucito, if he performs as well as his coach feels he should, would slot into a role backing up the withdrawn forward, left or right wing/mid and the attacking mid. I was recently told that he played the entirety of his senior season with the injury, and likely some of his junior. Despite that he finished 4th in Harvard's all time points list (2*goals + assists).
From his coach at Harvard
Mike Fucito is one of the 10 best players in college soccer. He wasn’t healthy all season and was still a 2nd team All-American pick. At the 41st pick in the draft he’s an absolute steal. He’s fast, strong and tenacious. He loves to get at players and there is hardly an athletic match up in which he’ll end up second best.
Mike: I played for Paul Mariner with the Bolts
Having trained with an MLS caliber head coach already, having solid vision and tenacity to score and play through pain had one follower of Fucito call him the "Tom Brady of the MLS draft". I'd settle for Davy Arnaud, but if he is the MLS Brady, then the team has waited patiently for the last piece of its offensive puzzle.
Reality does spark me to say, yes, he was the 41st pick in the MLS draft. Reality also reminds me that he didn't join the team immediately out of camp. Reality can get checked into the boards by a coach who told me that he would have been top 20 if healthy all season.
Fucito isn't the only answer the woes of the Rave Green, but he is likely one of them.