Sounders FC head coach was exuberant after pulling a player in his top four, despite having to wait until Number 10 to select him.
“We had Eriq Zavaleta in the top four and we were excited to get him where we did,” noted Schmid after the draft.
The Sounders acted quickly after draft pick 9 when they realised Zavaleta was still available.
They called a time out so they could approach Toronto FC, whose turn it was.
The club then offered its natural 16th pick and allocation money to Toronto in exchange for the 10th overall selection to snag Zavaleta.
The club also added Dylan Remick in a later selection both of which gave Schmid pleasure:
“We’re pleased and very excited to get both players. Zavaleta is very versatile and has a good soccer IQ, and obviously he’s a winner. Dylan Remick is a left back and he can also play center back.
We liked him at our combine in Las Vegas. He’s steady and simple and a very good athlete.”
Remick himself said after the draft:
“It’s an absolute honor and privilege to be a part of the Sounders organization. I am humbled and honored and I’m looking forward to continuing to improve on my position and skills with the Sounders organization.”
Remick was selected at number 35 by the Sounders.
Career Bios c/o Sounders FC
Zavaleta is a 20-year-old Generation adidas forward from Indiana University, who was named BIG-10 Offensive Player of the Year after scoring 18 goals in 2012, the third-most in the country.
Eriq Zavaleta assisted on the game-winning goal in the College Cup final to help the Hoosiers win its eighth national championship. He started all 46 appearances in his two seasons at Indiana, scoring 28 career goals. Zavaleta was named to the College Soccer News First Team All-American, Soccer America MVP First Team, BIG-10 All-Tournament Team and the College Cup All-Tournament Team. He was also named a NSCAA Third Team All-American.
Dylan Remick, a 21-year-old left-footed defender, was a First Team All-Ivy selection from 2010-12. He helped Brown qualify for the NCAA tournament three straight years, including two Sweet 16 appearances, and won the Ivy League title as a junior. Remick paced a Brown defense that tied team’s all-time single-season record for shutouts (11) in each of three straight seasons (2010-12).