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Seattle Sounders acquire SuperDraft selections Duran and Sodade

Seattle Sounders have signed 2012 MLS SuperDraft picks defender Andrew Duran and forward Babayele Sodade.

22-year old Duran, who was named the Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year and NSCAA All-American Second Team in 2011, was selected by Seattle with its first pick (15th overall) in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft.

21-year old Sodade, who was named to the All-Conference USA First Team and NSCAA All-Midwest Region Second Team as a senior at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, was selected by Seattle in the second round (34th overall) of the SuperDraft.

"Andrew was our first round pick and we feel he is a very solid defender," said Sounders FC head coach Sigi Schmid. "He either wins his duels or doesn't lose his duels, which is important. His passing has been good for us out of the back and he's also very versatile, two-footed and has played at left and right back as well as in the middle."

"Sodade represents something a little different from our other forwards," added Schmid. "He's a big, physical presence up there. We think there's a lot of raw talent there and we like his attitude-he works very hard, he's got good speed and good feet for a big guy. Sodade is a player who will provide us with some alternatives up front."

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