- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On January 12, 2009
- 6 Comments
- 2009 MLS SuperDraft, 2009 SuperDraft, Omar Gonzalez, Sam Cronin, Stefan Frei, Steve Zakuani, Trades
Gotta love a good draft rumor the week leading up to the SuperDraft. If you told me a week ago about this idea I probably would have laughed it off a bit but the more I look into the better it sounds on both ends. Several reports including SBI are saying that Toronto and Seattle could be trading picks in this week’s draft.
Toronto would move up to #1 and of all things Seattle would take some allocation and move down to #4. Yup, that would mean Toronto would own the top two picks. After all the talk about Toronto shipping the second overall pick to the best buyer this deal sounds more reasonable for Toronto.
Apparently this is all stemming from a poor MLS Combine for a couple players that Seattle had in mind for the top pick. Mainly Steve Zakuani isn’t living up to his billing at the Combine so far. Sure Combine results are tough to tell anyways from year to year but they do hold weight with clubs.
Plus the idea of getting some extra allocation for the expansion club is a smart move I think. Moving down to number four won’t be a big swing in the quality of player they could draft. Not to mention there could still be a outside shot that Steve Zakuani would fall to that spot if they were there. Toronto would be at the top two and would probably take Stefan Frei and Sam Cronin with the top picks. Some believe they will take Cronin only to deal him to someone else. Which I could see them do it with Omar Gonzalez as well.
Honestly I like this deal for both clubs if it turns out to be true. Toronto gets better in possible in areas they need help with; Mo Johnston gets to play the trade game like always; and Seattle gets some solid allocation and a good prospect for Sigi Schmid.
What do you all make of this possible pick swap between these two sides? It could be a domino effect that could change a lot of things in this draft.