Zakuani making the most of Seattle Sounders chance

Steve Zakuani is making the most of his opportunity in MLS with the Seattle Sounders.

Steve Zakuani is making the most of his opportunity in MLS with the Seattle Sounders.

The number one draft-pick at the 2009 MLS SuperDraft has experienced a successful first pro season after crossing from University of Akron via Cleveland Internationals.

The Zaire-born Congolese attacker believes he has come on in leaps and bounds since signing with the Sounders and says coach Sigi Schmid has had a big part to play.

“I think my game is night and day compared to when I first came to Seattle as a rookie to train in January to now near the end of the season, I am a completely different player,” the former Arsenal academy player said in an interview on Ohio.com.

“He (Schmid) is one of the best coaches, if not the best coach in the league. I learn something new every day training with him. I know he likes the way I play and I like the way he coaches. He never lets me rest, he keeps challenging me.”

The 21-year old admitted his first MLS goal was dedicated to his former university because of the job they did in helping him become a pro footballer.

“ I scored right before halftime,” he said of his goal against Toronto FC in April.

“It was a great feeling, it was my first professional goal and a goal I will not forget. It was a goal after the game that I dedicated to the University of Akron because the two years I played there helped me get to where I am today.”

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