The first question that might come to many people’s minds is what is a Super Draft? Well don’t worry, even for the biggest soccer fans, er I mean Futbol fans, in Europe don’t quite know what a draft is in this sport either.
The draft started back when the league first started back in 1996, back then though it was just called the College Draft. It’s purpose was the create a draft system similar to the other top leagues in the United States, where the top college athletes would get drafted to play in the league. Only players in the United States college system are eligible, i.e. NCAA and WIAA. Teams would get a place in the draft based off their regular season and post season success, with expansion clubs getting the first pick. There are 4 rounds with each team getting a selection, at least to start.
Now that that’s out of the way.
The Sounders had just 3 draft picks this year, due to trades with the Chicago Fire. Those trades resulted in Seattle obtaining goalkeeper Stefan Cleveland and rights to defender Jonathan Campbell. In exchange, Seattle swapped their 1st round pick with Chicago’s 2nd for Cleveland and giving up their 4th for Campbell.
Going into the draft, Seattle’s biggest need was on the defensive half of the pitch. With the loss of Roman Torres and what many believe will be the loss of Kim Kee-He as well, the center back position was the biggest position for the defending champs. So of course, they selected a defender with their first pick.
Round 2, Pick 9: Danny Reynolds
The Sounders selected Shilton, England native Danny Reynolds with their 2nd round choice. The 6-1 defender comes out of UNC-Wilmington where he had 4 goals and 5 assists in the 2019 season. He is a versatile defender who can play many different positions on this team. He was selected as the CAA Defensive Player of the Year and made the All-CAA First Team in 2019. He also made the CAA all-tournament team in 2018.
He is most likely going to start and spend most of his time down with the Tacoma Defiance, the Sounders USL side. Being a rare left-footed defender means if Danny can preform well enough, he will eventually be called up to play with the Sounders. The need for a center back will help his case, but he probably would fit in better as a left back.
Round 2, Pick 26: Timo Mehlich
The German midfielder was the other 2nd round pick for the Sounders. He scored 11 goals for UNLV this season and even added an assist for good measure. In 2019, Mehlich secured USC All-Far West Region Second Team and All-WAC First Team with the Runnin’ Rebels.
Rumors are that Mehlich might sign with a USL team, meaning we might not see him this season. If he was to make a trip to the MLS, Seattle would hold his rights at that level.
Round 3, Pick: Julian Avila-Good
Some what of a local section at 78th overall, Julian spent his college days at Seattle University. The midfielder is originally from the Winnipeg. He was one of two Seattle U field players to start all 23 matches in 2019, recording one goal and three assists. Avila-Good scored the game-tying goal in the WAC Tournament Championship and started both NCAA Tournament contests in his senior season. In total, the Canadian international appeared in 75 career games over four seasons for the Redhawks.
With the draft over, Seattle looks forward to the 2020 campaign. The club has already started training at Starfire as they rev up for their first match, a CONCACAF Champions League matchup with Honduras side Olimpia. The first meeting will be in TEGUCIGALPA, HONDURAS on Feb. 20th. The second leg will be in Seattle just a week later on the 27th.