Reimagining the 2008 MLS Expansion Draft


As a reminder, the Sounders selected:

Houston Forward Nate Jaqua

RSL Midfielder Nathan Strugis

New York Defender Jeff Parke

Toronto FC Forward Jarrod Smith

New England Midfield Khano Smith

Los Angeles Midfielder Peter Vagenas

Kansas City Defender Tyson Wahl

San Jose Defender James Riley

Chicago Midfielder Stephen King

Columbus Midfielder Brad Evans

In hindsight, I would have also drafted Brad Evans, Tyson Wahl and James Riley. Here are the players that I wish that the Sounders had selected:

Chicago Midfielder Marco Pappa

Chivas Goalie Zach Thornton

Colorado Defender Jordan Harvey

Columbus Midfielder Brad Evans (but Steven Lenhart as a Sounder would have been fun)

DC Midfielder Marcelo Gallardo

Dallas – nobody worth selecting

Houston Forward Chris Wondolowski (Houston also had Defenders Corey Ashe and Patrick Ianni and Forward Nate Jaqua available)

Kansas City Defender Tyson Wahl

Los Angeles Forward Joran Kirovski

New England Defender Chris Tierney

New York Forward Mike Magee

RSL Midfielder Andy Williams

San Jose Defender James Riley

Toronto FC Defender Marco Velez (former USL Sounder returns)

I think Zach Thornton would have done a nice job taking over goalkeeping duties after Keller retired. Jordan Harvey would have pushed Wahl down the depth chart. Marco Pappa would have been interesting with the early Sounders squads and Forwards Mike Magee and Chris Wondolowski would have been fun in those early years! Overall, I think Seattle did a great job, considering the players that were available.

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