With the MLS Superdraft approaching in a couple of weeks, the full force of MLS Internet punditry has turned its attention to the upcoming rookie class. The mock drafting has begun, and we were curious to see how the Sounders were faring.
West Virginia Hooligan Drew Epperley is already on version 2.0 of his mock draft. Here's his prediction for the Sounders:
11. Seattle Sounders FC – Zac MacMath*, GK, Maryland MacMath only falls so far for me due to the fact that those picking above Seattle don’t really need a keeper at this point. You could argue that Houston could use one but I can’t seen Kinnear spending a pick on a keeper. Maybe D.C. but I think Seattle takes a keeper no matter what here if its MacMath or David Bingham. With Kasey Keller having only one year left they need to groom the future.
I like this pick. If MacMath, who's been the starting keeper on whatever US Youth National Team he's been on for years now and who dominated at Maryland, is available at 11 I think we take him. Herman has looked good so far in the Reserves, but MacMath is a potential franchise keeper signed at a GA deal and we know this is Keller's last year.Here's Ives' first crack at the draft:
11. Seattle Sounders- ANTHONY AMPAIPITAKWON, M, Akron It's no secret the Sounders lacked a bit of midfield creativity, and Seattle also lost Sanna Nyassi in the off-season. Ampaipitakwon can help address both those issues. He's quick, tireless and very creative, just the type of spark the Sounders attack needs.
He has MacMath going to the Revs at 6. I don't much about Ampaipitakwong (which is the correct spelling), but we've had success drafting speedy midfielders from the Zips. It looks like he's been playing Zak's position on the left but you could imagine him moving to the right and pulling a Zakuani over there. But the Sounders don't lack at midfield depth, especially with Friberg coming in, so it'd be hard for a rookie to get playing time.We'll update as more mock drafts come in.