Seattle Sounders coach Schmid confident of big things from Zakuani

Seattle Sounders coach Sigi Schmid has no doubts No1 Draft pick Steve Zakuani is destined for big things.

"He has a huge upside, the potential to be different, an outstanding type of player," said Schmid. "That's what made him the No. 1 pick. And from what we've seen in training only confirms that.

"I think physically he still has an upward range and he is working toward that.

"What I have been pleased with is he has come out with a bright attitude everyday, worked hard everyday and that is all I can ask for. His talent and his ability to run with the ball and take people on is there. He is keeping possession, which is something I told him I needed him to do. Once his fitness catches up to him his timing will be good and he will get some goals."