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2012 MLS Draft - Live Thread

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MLS teams gather in Kansas City to draft from their selection of college seniors, Generation Adidas players and a few pre-signed internationals. You can watch live on ESPN2/3 or MLSSoccer.com at 9 AM or just follow along here. MLSSoccer.com's final mock draft (their third) has Puget Sound native Kelyn Rowe going as high as third or as low as 14th. Their expectations are for Seattle Sounders FC to select three different players at pick 15 - Dom Dwyer, Ethan Finlay or Babayele Sodade. Pick 34, even harder to predict, sees differing selections for the Sounders as well - Jacob Hustedt, Miguel Ibarra or Eder Arreola. Dwyer and UW leftback Jamie Finch were Seattle's selection's in the SB Nation Mock Draft. The only other Seattle native at the combine, keeper Chris Blais, is not expected to be drafted today.

It is important to remember that Seattle sees 10 or 11 players that they like. Last year they had a similar narrow list drafting several in the second round, including a Generation Adidas player. Seattle's board received very little adjustment based on the Combine, but other teams don't necessarily follow that practice.

As soon as Hanauer & Co do something, draft or trade, an immediate snapshot reaction will be posted in its own story. The team will have the brain trust and any players drafted today on a conference call and we'll have a report based on those as well.

Lastly, here's a reminder of team needs according to Sigi Schmid; depth everywhere but keeper. There are currently three unclaimed roster slots, but the team expects competition throughout the roster. This includes the opportunity of a non-drafted invitee making the roster.