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.

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."