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Saturday, January 10, 2009

2009 MLS Combine reports: Zakuani fails to impress on day one

The first day of the MLS Combine in Florida has ended and attendees are beginning to post their initial reactions to how the players showed.

SoccerByIves.net likes what it sees from Husky George John

Seattle Times: Brian Schmetzer gives day one impressions

The Pro Player Pipeline says of possible #1 pick Steve Zakuani: "quick; stealing the ball or going past his new butler (Russell); not able to pull the trigger when in the box; needs to relax."

Zakuani shrugged off the 'first pick' talk in this MLSnet.com story.

3rdDegree.net has combine feedback here. "One coach joked to me that Sigi would now be on the phone shopping his #1 pick desperately. I never was convinced about this Zakuani lock #1 to Seattle talk. A college forward is not a great investment IMO for an expansion team when there are a couple strong defenders available. I will not be remotely shocked if Sigi takes a center back who can start now #1, someone like Omar Gonzalez for example."

MLSnet.com has a combine story entitled "First-day jitters."

FORT LAUDERDALE -- Even players like University of Maryland midfielder and Generation adidas selection Jeremy Hall felt the first-day jitters Saturday at the adidas MLS Player Combine.

"Everyone comes out nervous," Hall said. "Everybody's trying to make a team. We want to show the coaches that we can fit on a roster. Hopefully, the next two days will settle down a bit."

With a Generation adidas contract in hand, Hall has a little bit less to worry about than most draft picks. That deal ensures Hall will play somewhere in the league next year.

"It was a tough decision, but with Generation adidas, it was a good opportunity for me with the roster spots being cut down," Hall said. "I had a good year last year, but I want to challenge myself and take it to the next level. It was a good opportunity for me to take."

From the club: Sounders FC ready for the SuperDraft

Tacoma News Tribune: Sounders get ready for draft

“There have been some nice things put on the table so far, and I think it’s only going to get maybe better for us,” said FC technical director Chris Henderson, Henderson, who will attend the combine along with coach Sigi Schmid and assistant Brian Schmetzer. “Other teams are desperate for that No. 1 spot.”

Around the league
RSL may renovate its group of strikers
Blanco will be back with Fire
Lopez returns to KC at reduced salary

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