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SB Nation MLS Mock Draft - pick 40 Sounders take Spencer Richey

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Seattle is in nearly desperate need of at least three keepers, and that's just for their seasons (1st team & S2). In training camp they often have a few more. Expect them to pick a couple this year, maybe even the local kid.

Mike Russell

Rating keepers is hard. They fail out more often than other draft picks, but that does not mean Seattle Sounders FC should ignore them in the draft. The team needs a lot of keepers and there is one available with which they are intimately familiar. With the 40th pick in the SB Nation MLS Mock Draft Spencer Richey joined the club.

Richey entered his first senior year as one of the nation's top prospects. A massive injury meant that year went to waste. He returned for a second senior year, which was probably his worst. At one point the University of Washington keeper was expected to be in the top half of the first round. Now, he's falling.

That provides the perfect circumstances for Sounders FC. They know that his recent performance is not related to his true talent level. Coming back from a broken leg is a big deal. Last season he did put up a 75.8 save percentage with four shutouts and a mediocre 1.23 GAA.

Overall his numbers are great.

SPENCER RICHEY'S CAREER STATISTICS

YEAR GP/GS GA SAVES SHUTOUTS
2010-11 11-10 9 37 6
2011-12 18-18 14 59 9
2012-13 21-21 19 68 10
2013-14 4-4 1 15 1
2014-15 17-17 22 69 4
CAREER 71-70 65 248 30

Richey is a Seattle native who spent several years at the Bradenton Academy with the US Youth National Team. He went to the U-17 World Cup and was on the U-20 US roster. Other teams may pass on Richey. Seattle should not.

Full SB Nation MLS Mock Draft Results;

1. OCSC - Cyle Larin

2. NYCFC - Cristian Roldan

3. Montreal - Khiry Shelton

4. SJ - Ramon Martin del Campo

5. Portland - Conor Donovan

6. TFC - Leo Stolz

7. Chicago - Fatai Alashe

8. Houston - Oumar Ballo

9. TFC - Alex Bono

10. SKC - Nick Besler

11. TFC: - Romario Williams

12. SKC - Otis Earle

13. Vancouver - Skylar Thomas

14. Columbus - Aaron Simmons

15. Dallas - Dan Metzger

16. RSL - Eric Bird

17. D.C. - Andy Thoma

18. RBNY - Tim Parker

19. Colorado - Boyd Okwuonu

20. SKC - Andy Craven

21. LA - Tyler Miller

Second round

22. OCSC - Andrew Wolverton

23. NYCFC - Ricky Garbanzo

24. Portland - Seth Casiple

25. OCSC - Jose Ribas

26. Colorado - Jordan Murrell

27. Seattle - Dzezan Catic

28. Chicago - Saad Abdul-Salaam

29. TFC - Adam Montegue

30. SKC - Luke Mishu

31. Philadelphia - Manelo Sanchez

32. Portland - Andy Bevin

33. New England - Sergio Campbell

34. Portland - Anthony Manning

35. Columbus - Axel Sjoberg

36. Houston - Kyler Sullivan

37. TFC - Dennis Castillo

38. Vancouver - Tyler Arnone

39. RBNY - Connor Hallisey

40. Seattle - Spencer Richey

41. Philadelphia - Alex Shinsky

42. D.C. - Akeil Barrett