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Sounders wrap up 2017 SuperDraft by picking Seattle U defender

Former Academy player Bjornethun one of three players chosen by the team in the 3rd & 4th rounds

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The 3rd and 4th rounds of the MLS SuperDraft, done over conference call rather than the live ceremony and broadcast of the first two rounds, tends to be a place for clubs to find players for the future without risking too much. The Sounders had three picks between the two rounds on Tuesday, and they used all three.

The Sounders chose Georgetown midfielder Bakie Goodman with pick 56, Wright State defender Jake Stovall with pick 66, and Seattle University defender Kyle Bjornethun with their last pick and 88th overall. Bjornethun is a former Sounders academy player who played with current Sounders forward Jordan Morris.

Goodman offers another option in the more defensive midfield roles for the Sounders, an area where they drafted Oduro and have two former S2 players competing for time.

Stovall is a centerback out of Wright State. He was First Team Horizon League as a senior in 2016. As a freshman he made the league All Freshman team.

Bjornethun was a preseason Hermann Watch List defender who twice won WAC Defensive Player of the Year. He mostly played as a right centerback, but has been a right back and defensive mid with the Sounders U23s as well.

Seattle general manager Garth Lagerwey said on Friday that the team was hoping to get depth and plan for the future with this SuperDraft, which explained why they picked a young center back (Brian Nana-Sinkam) and defensive-minded midfielder (Dominic Oduro). The team is likely doing the same with the three players drafted on Tuesday; this also means the Sounders will likely look for veteran depth in attacking positions before the season begins.

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