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Seattle Sounders take ex-Arsenal youth, Liverpool winger Banton

Seattle Sounders have selected former Arsenal and Blackburn Rovers youth and Liverpool winger Jason Banton in the 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft.

The 19-year old was one of five players the Sounders took in the draft and technical director Chris Henderson is looking forward to taking casting a closer eye over the talented youngster.

"Banton grew up in the Arsenal youth system, similar to Steve Zakuani," Henderson said.

"He's bounced around to a couple clubs, but he's the type of player that likes to attack on the wing.

"You can tell he's been taught how to play the right midfield position with his movement and his moves are set up to work the wing. We think he's a guy who, depending on how things play out with our wingers, that he might be a guy who can step in on either flank."

Seattle also selected two-way midfielder Andy Rose, central defender/midfielder Tim Pontius (younger brother of DC United's Chris Pontius), forward Abdul Aman and full-back Wes Feighner.

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