Toronto Moving Up, Seattle Moving Down?

Toronto Moving Up, Seattle Moving Down?

  • 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.

  • JesseMT

    Hey Hooligan – <br />
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    You're a Hoops fan, right? Any chance the Sounders could pry Adrian Serioux away with a #1 pick? There's news now that the Roy Miller deal might not work out because of an issue getting health insurance for his pregnant fiance. If Parke signs in Europe and Miller stays, we'll be screwed without a solid central defender.

  • JesseMT

    Hey Hooligan –

    You’re a Hoops fan, right? Any chance the Sounders could pry Adrian Serioux away with a #1 pick? There’s news now that the Roy Miller deal might not work out because of an issue getting health insurance for his pregnant fiance. If Parke signs in Europe and Miller stays, we’ll be screwed without a solid central defender.

  • WVHooligan

    Honestly, I just don't see Serioux getting moved like everyone is saying…then again I've been wrong plenty of times before so who knows. I do know a lot of talk here hasn't centered around Serioux getting traded.

  • Tim

    I bet Johann Smith will be packaged in…i dont know how Seattle missed out on him the first time, they picked the wrong J. Smith in the expansion draft.<br />
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    TFC needs defenders, and they really lucked out with Julias James last year, so here's hoping Mo can find another rose in the thorns.

  • Honestly, I just don’t see Serioux getting moved like everyone is saying…then again I’ve been wrong plenty of times before so who knows. I do know a lot of talk here hasn’t centered around Serioux getting traded.

  • Tim

    I bet Johann Smith will be packaged in…i dont know how Seattle missed out on him the first time, they picked the wrong J. Smith in the expansion draft.

    TFC needs defenders, and they really lucked out with Julias James last year, so here’s hoping Mo can find another rose in the thorns.