Obviously, it’s the weekend and with the holidays coming up I wouldn’t expect to see much attention given to the ol’ site-er-eoo. I’ve got family coming in and for us living on the very edge of the world–or in the very least sometimes it feels that way–it’s a big deal.
That being said while I was catching up on the latest set of news there kind of seemed to be a pattern forming.
Apparently I’m not the only one that this seemed apparent too. Abbott Smith over at Sounder[at]Heart beat me to this thought, and of course did it better than me… but I’m posting it anyways… so whatever.. I thought of it too, just 7 hours after he did.
The latest story out of Toronto is that they are looking to trade out of the #1 pick in the superdraft. This seems rather surprising to me considering the number of cheap and youthful pieces that could in the very least serve as depth if not even challenge for a starting job.
There could be many reasons for this decision, maybe they are simply lining up allocation dollars to add a designated player. Using the pick as a source of leverage to acquire some money.
Then again, the best players available aren’t necessarily a fit anymore and maybe they see an opportunity to trade down, still come away with the guy they want and then again pick up a little extra on the side.
For whatever reason it looks like there will be a few early picks up for grabs. Especially if Chivas goes along with their rumored plans of selecting American-born Mexican Mikey Lopez from North Carolina.
This doesn’t really necessarily affect the Sounders unless you consider that the Sounders have been the only team in the lottery for both Mobi Fehr and Gale Agbossoumonde, missing out on both young sensations.
So putting the dots together you can certain, with some education, speculate that the Sounders may take a run at Walker Zimmerman, Andrew Farrell or even Eriq Zavaleta. All are considered to be solid prospects and all projected to be selected in the first 5 picks.
With the Sounders showing sincere effort to acquire youthful, cheap and projectable talent. It would make sense that they would go out on a limp and possibly take a shot at one of the better talents in the draft.
Of course they could just wait around to the end of the first round and grab one of Tommy Mueller, Eric Schoenle, Taylor Kemp or even Joe Franco.
This draft is deep enough with talent along the back line, that I don’t see it as an absolute need to trade up and acquire one of the top talents. But, should they do that it would be really interesting to see where they stand.
Use their second pick to find an able body left back and really do something to solidify the biggest weakness on this roster.
I know everyone is depending on them to make a move for an HGP and a couple of international signings. But the truth is that moving Leo Gonzalez and replacing him with a younger more durable piece that makes less money could be all this squad really needs going into next season.
Maybe they make another couple of moves trading away an older players or even buying out guys like Mauro Rosales. It really won’t take too much to get under the cap. The starting XI is solid and really, has enough depth for a squad that isn’t going to compete this year in the Champions League.
Just a random thought while reading Soccer By Ives, Merry Christmas and well… anything and everything else.