Eriq Zavaleta reacted to his selection by the Seattle Sounders with great enthusiasm.
In a conference call, shortly after his selection, he said:
“I wasn’t exactly sure how this draft would go.
I had a very positive meeting at the combine with Seattle. I knew of their interest. I let them know how honoured I would be to be a part of the organisation.”
As to his role, he indicated he wasn’t completely in the dark but the club’s needs were paramount:
“There’s a hint. I think we go into training camp and fill a need on the team. Right now, I’m just excited to get there and work hard.
Wherever I went I just wanted to go to a great organisation. I couldn’t have gone to a better one.”
His father is full bred El Salvadorean and his mother, Greg Vanney’s sister, is American.
Zavaleta admitted he wasn’t an expert on the city but gave the impression of chomping at the bit to come and learn. He plans to be in training camp next week.
“I know it’s a great city. I don’t know too much more about it. I’m anxious to learn. I’m looking forward to playing for such an incredible team and such a great fanbase.”
Zavaleta also revealed that his own scuba dive goal celebration was modeled on that of Roger Levesque.
“I’m excited to get some wins and make this rivalry one sided,” he added when answering a question about playing in derbies, in an answer his role model would surely appreciate.
In another piece of news, Sounders FC U-23 alum, Fernando Monge was drafted today to Major League Soccer by the Montreal Impact.
Monge was drafted with the 18th selection of the MLS SuperDraft 1st Round.