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Seattle Sounders coach Schmid happy he took Zakuani as No1

Seattle Sounders coach Sigi Schmid has no regrets keeping their No1 SuperDraft selection last year to pick up Steve Zakuani from Akron.

There's talk that Philadelphia Union are prepared to trade their first-choice in today's MLS SuperDraft.

"Steve did well," Schmid told mlsnet.com. "As I said often, for an attacking player it's much more difficult than as a defender. It's a lot easier for a defender to get picked early and make an impact in the league because ... stopping a player is easier sometimes than creating. So an attacking player always has a tougher initiation into the league.

"I think his best soccer is still going to be ahead of him because he had to adjust to a lot of the changes in terms of the physical nature of our league. Now you get matched in speed oftentimes. You get matched in strength. more clever defenders than you run into in college. So you have to make those adjustments and still he was able to contribute.

"In almost every game there were three, four really good opportunities on the verge of creating [or scoring a goal] that disappeared because the final pass wasn't good enough or the shot wasn't accurate or the decision wasn't right. Once we get one out of four of those decisions going right, all of a sudden his goal total doubles and his assist total doubles and that makes a big difference in our games. I was really pleased with what he did."

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