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Which Sounders are most likely to be picked in MLS Expansion Draft?

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The Seattle Sounders have lost players in every previous Expansion Draft in which they've participated. Considering they are one of the deepest teams in the league, they seem pretty sure they are going to lose at least one player again. Let's take a closer look at the 13 players from which Orland City and New York City FC have to choose (more Busch faces means higher chance of getting picked):

Jalil Anibaba: There were high hopes when the Sounders picked up the 26-year-old in a trade with the Chicago Fire. Despite logging nearly 1,300 minutes and seeing time at all four backline positions, his season was mostly seen as a disappointment. Athletic, but error prone, Anibaba's best moments were when he was asked to be a stay-at-home right back. Still, the Sounders probably wouldn't mind bringing him back but that upside could be enticing to the expansion teams.

Chances he'll be picked: .

Tristan Bowen: Another player acquired via trade whose relative youth and athleticism made for some high hopes. Alas, he fought injuries and struggled to work his way up the depth cart, playing just 60 minutes. He might be intriguing enough to take a flyer on, and the Sounders might be interested in bringing him back if he makes it through, but his future is very much up in the air.

Chances he'll be picked: .

Kenny Cooper: His three goals and four assists probably understate how useful he was to the Sounders this year, as he was a major reason they were able to win their fourth U.S. Open Cup. But he also made almost $250,000 to play less than 1,000 minutes. He has proven he can score in this league when given minutes and that could be very intriguing to an expansion side.

Chances he'll get picked: .

Leo Gonzalez: Quietly the Sounders' most consistent defender for most of his six seasons here, he had another very good season. But he's also 34 and probably doesn't have too many years left. Sounders would surely love to have him back. Helping that end is there are several younger and higher upside left back options available.

Chances he'll get picked: .

Kevin Parsemain: An interesting case study to be sure. Wowed fans with a couple wonder strikes in preseason, but missed most of the year with a knee injury. Would be a bit shocking if either team took him.

Chances he'll be picked: .

Zach Scott: Coming off his best defensive season and still "just" 34, you might think he'd be an interesting pick for one of these teams. But he's also playing with no cartilage in his knee, is undergoing offseason foot surgery and still undecided if he'll play anywhere next year. The chances of him relocating to the East Coast also seem slim at best.

Chances he'll be picked: He's not getting picked.

Cam Weaver: The local boy wanted one last chance to play for the team he watched as a youth and even played for back in the USL days. He got it. At 31, he's young enough to give it another go next year but after playing only 31 minutes, you've got to assume he's at least considering retirement and finishing that house he keeps Instagramming pictures of.

Chances he'll be picked: He's not getting picked.

Michael Azira: Only played about 600 minutes and is 27, but might be one of the more intriguing players on the Sounders roster when it comes to potential expansion picks. He looked solid when given a chance and would be a steady contributor off the bench. He's not going to make MLS Best XI, but expansion teams need players like this.

Chances he'll be picked: .

Josh Ford: Finally managed to stay mostly healthy, but completed a fourth consecutive year without seeing first-team minutes. Coaches and teammates rave about his shot-stopping ability, but it sounds like the team is only interested in bringing him back as a Sounders 2 player. That upside makes him a wild-card here, though.

Chances he'll be picked: .

Aaron Long: If you blinked you may have not even realized this was the only player the Sounders added during the midseason transfer window. He never played and only made the bench a couple times. If he's back, it will almost certainly be with S2.

Chances he'll be picked: Not getting picked.

Jimmy Ockford: The 22-year-old center back played 620 minutes while on loan to the New York Cosmos and scored a couple of goals. Sounders like his athleticism and work rate, but it's totally unclear what the future may hold. He'd basically be an extra SuperDraft pick if either expansion team chose him.

Chances he'll get picked: .

Dylan Remick: There were games when it looked like the 23-year-old left back looked to be a star in the making, using his world-class speed to race up and down the sideline. There were also games when he looked like he didn't belong the field. The truth, as is usually the case, lies somewhere between. Sounders would surely love to bring him back, but it would have been hard to justify using one of their 11 protected spots on him. He's cheap, young and athletic, three things expansion teams love.

Chances he'll be picked: .

Eriq Zavaleta: A couple years ago he was one of the top prospects in the SuperDraft. Two years later, there are still a lot of questions, mainly about what position he'll play. He's got the size to be a center back and he's now logged about 1,300 first-team minutes at the position, so maybe that's more decided than we're giving him credit for. The big question will be what kind of contract he's looking for. He's no longer Generation adidas, so whatever he makes will count against the cap, but convincing him to take closer to half of what he was making might be a tough sell. That said, he's got size, skill and youth. Could be intriguing.

Chances he'll get picked: .