Sounders pick Air Force stand­out Bone in 1st round

Tri-City Herald - - Scoreboard - BY GE­OFF BAKER

There will still be some work ahead for the Seat­tle Sounders to get Ta­coma na­tive Tucker Bone, their first-round pick in the MLS Su­perdraft on Fri­day, into a Rave Green uni­form.

For one, Bone, 22, a semi­fi­nal­ist for the Her­mann Tro­phy – col­lege soc­cer’s ver­sion of the Heis­man Tro­phy – still has mil­i­tary ser­vice re­main­ing. The Air Force Acad­emy does have a World Class Ath­letes Pro­gram (WCAP) that, ac­cord­ing to its web­site, “al­lows top-ranked Sol­dier-ath­letes to per­form at the in­ter­na­tional level while also serv­ing their na­tion in the mil­i­tary” de­pend­ing on how highly they are val­ued.

“It all de­pends on how he does,” Sounders gen­eral man­ager Garth Lager­wey said Fri­day af­ter tak­ing Bone with the 20th over­all pick and then us­ing a sec­ond round pick,

44th over­all, on Creighton mid­fielder Joel Ryd­strand,

23. “It’s a lot of things that we re­ally have to try and tackle as we go. We were pick­ing 20th. We re­ally were focused on pick­ing the best player avail­able.”

Seat­tle Univer­sity star Ser­gio Ri­vas was the sec­ond player se­lected in the sec­ond round, No. 26 over­all by the San Jose Earthquakes at the Chicago-based draft. It marked the third straight year in which a Seat­tle Univer­sity player was drafted – the Sounders took Alex Roldan in the first round last year – while Utah-born Univer­sity of Wash­ing­ton for­ward Kyle Cof­fee was se­lected 41st over­all by Real Salt Lake.

Ex­pan­sion squad FC Cincin­nati used their top over­all pick on UCLA at­tack­ing mid­fielder Frankie Amaya.

Bone will have to fin­ish his acad­emy en­roll­ment in May and can’t com­pete for a job with the Sounders prior to that.

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