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SBN Mock Expansion Draft: Mock Impact Take Mike Fucito

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A mock expansion draft has the Seattle Sounders losing Mike Fucito. How do I feel? Angry
A mock expansion draft has the Seattle Sounders losing Mike Fucito. How do I feel? Angry

In SB Nation's Mock Montreal Impact Expansion Draft I was asked to predict what the Seattle Sounders would do. My thoughts change on a daily basis, but of the main questions I had them protecting both Brad Evans and Erik Friberg. Which leaves two of the three young goal scorers available. The mock GM picked Mike Fucito. You can follow the rest of the attempt at building the latest addition to MLS in the StoryStream.

This pick points out two different issues. First of these is something that Adrian Hanauer and Sigi Schmid have towards Montreal that I also have toward the mock drafter. If you know the "opposing GM" you can craft your protected list based on that. If I'd known ahead of time who was picking for Montreal I would have protected Fucito and left James Riley available.

Secondly, the Sounders are deep with strong talent. While we all know this, the example provided here in a mock expansion draft has Seattle losing their 5th leading scorer (8th by PP90). That isn't a huge deal. Yes, it would leave Seattle with needing probably two of the following: a strong Sammy Ochoa season, successful O'Brian White recovery, great conversion from winger to forward of Lamar Neagle, or a cheap and effective addition through the draft/free agency. But that feels somewhat likely. The Sounders would be particularly weakened in left-footed set-play service, effective direct play options and a player who excels vs non-MLS and good MLS teams (RSL/FCD). The loss wouldn't be irreplaceable, but still significant.

I still hate Kevin McCauley for this pick. You shouldn't need to ask why.
Full Mock Impact

Fucito

McLoughlin

Da Luz

Cardoza

Palidini

McCarty

Wingert

Harrington

Cochrane

Gleeson