Early Expansion Draft Predictions

Early Expansion Draft Predictions

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On November 25, 2008
  • 4 Comments
  • Expansion Draft

The unprotected lists are out from every MLS club and now it is time to play that wonder speculation game about who Seattle Sounders FC will pick in tomorrow’s draft.

Of course there will be a couple trades tomorrow in the draft. A lot of early speculation surrounding a couple picks are already filling the rumor mill. A lot of talk that Seattle has already squared a trade or two with LA for a couple defenders. But until we see those trades come down we can predict who Seattle will take in their 10 selections.

  1. Brandon Prideaux (Chicago)
  2. Lawson Vaughn (Chivas)
  3. Brad Evans (Columbus)
  4. Tim Ward (Colorado)
  5. Francis Doe (DC)
  6. Aaron Pitchkolen (Dallas)
  7. Nate Jaqua (Houston)
  8. Khano Smith (New England)
  9. Nathan Sturgis (Real Salt Lake)
  10. Kelly Gray (Toronto)

No picks from LA, New York, Toronto, and Kansas City.

We’ve said all along Seattle would go fairly defensive in this draft but looking out there I kind of think they will still pick a couple offensive players. Jaqua is an obvious choice even with his higher salary ($156,000). Should they not pick Smith from New England, they may go with a younger guy like Pat Phelan or even a Wells Thompson from the Revs.

For the most part though I see them taking a lot of fairly cheap guys here. Most on this list make less than $50,000 with only Jaqua, Sturgis ($75,000) and Prideaux ($72,000) making more than that mark. Getting solid talent at a decent price is always the way to go in any event.

They have a shot at getting some real deals in this draft but some of the bigger names out there won’t be selected due to their current price-tag (ie a Ante Razov or a Carlos Ruiz).

Who do you see Seattle taking tomorrow? Place your predictions below.

  • JD Rollins

    I could actually see them taking Garey from Columbus.

  • JD Rollins

    I could actually see them taking Garey from Columbus.

  • Sounder at Heart

    Why would the Sounders need to go cheap?<br />
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    After the draft they would have only 4 to 6 Senior slots left.<br />
    <br />
    What are they going to do with over a Million dollars, no DP slot, and no allocation money?

  • Why would the Sounders need to go cheap?

    After the draft they would have only 4 to 6 Senior slots left.

    What are they going to do with over a Million dollars, no DP slot, and no allocation money?