Sounders pick Air Force standout Bone in 1st round
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.