TUKWILA, Wash. — A talented forward set to undergo surgery. A standout midfielder currently serving in a military academy.
The next Roger Levesque?
Sounders FC selected an eclectic mix of five players in Tuesday’s MLS Supplemental Draft, starting with Virginia forward Will Bates and Air Force midfielder Kevin Durr in the first round.
Seattle also added South Florida midfielder Kevin Olali (second round), Lindsey Wilson College midfielder Lebogang Moloto (third round) and UNC-Charlotte forward Jennings Rex (fourth round).
“They are all players that we ranked pretty high,” said sporting director Chris Henderson in a news release.
Some of the later picks might join the Sounders as soon as Wednesday, but patience might be required when it comes to the team’s first two choices.
Bates, ranked seventh in Cavaliers history with 46 goals, is set to undergo knee surgery to repair his meniscus. Earlier in his college career, the All-ACC honoree had an anterior cruciate ligament repaired.
“We feel if (the meniscus surgery) goes well, we’ve got ourselves a good player,” coach Sigi Schmid said.
Durr’s arrival is also to be determined as he has to arrange his exit from the Air Force Academy. The 21-year-old has an impressive pedigree, though, having come up through youth teams in top German clubs Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen.
Olali impressed at the Sounders’ invitational combine in December as a wide attacking player; Moloto earned All-America honors in his two years at the NAIA level.
“He’s just a forward that runs all over the place,” Schmid said with a laugh. “Somebody said he could be Roger Levesque. We’re not sure.”
Supporters, MLS talk over Cascadia Cup trademark
MLS officials and leaders of supporters groups in Seattle, Portland and Vancouver held a conference call this week to discuss a dispute over trademark rights to the Cascadia Cup.
The league recently submitted a copyright application for the rights to the fan-sponsored Pacific Northwest trophy, which predates the cities’ involvement in MLS. As a result, the supporters groups formed the Cascadia Cup Council, which also applied for the rights.
A joint statement from the supporters groups Tuesday called the talks “productive and respectful.”
“The supporters groups ... look forward to working with MLS to resolve this issue,” the statement read. “The Cascadia Cup Council continues to believe that it is well positioned to represent the interests of the Cascadia Cup trademark and the supporters who created it.”
• Reign FC goalkeeper Hope Solo, midfielder Megan Rapinoe and forward Amy Rodriguez have been called up by the U.S. national team for training camp leading into Feb. 9 and 13 exhibitions against Scotland. Rapinoe, who is on loan with France’s Lyon, might miss some of camp but should be available for the games.
• The Sounders announced home games against Montreal (March 2) and FC Dallas (May 18/Aug. 3) will all kick off at 7:30 p.m. instead of the previously scheduled 7 p.m. starts.
• Anthony Arena, a Kenmore native and Sounders FC U-23s product, was drafted Tuesday by Houston in the first round. Washington midfielder Ben Fisk was selected by New York in the second round and Machael David of Tacoma was taken by Colorado in the third round.