The Sounders selected two internationals in the final rounds of the MLS SuperDraft on Tuesday: forward/midfielder Stefano Rijssel and midfielder Fabio Pereira.
Rijssel, a 21-year-old Suriname native, was drafted No. 55 overall in the third round. He is still under contract with Trinidadian club W Connection FC, though, so if Seattle wants him on the roster for the upcoming season, it would require a loan deal with an option to buy.
Kurt Schmid, Sounders assistant coach and scout, said in a news release that Rijssel “showed good tactical sense as well as physical qualities (at the MLS combine). He can play wide in midfield but also has some versatility.”
Pereira, a 22-year-old Brazilian, was the last pick of the four-round draft at No. 77 overall. He played at the University of Michigan, scoring 13 goals over four seasons and adding 22 assists, second most in program history.
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“We like his soccer IQ and technical ability,” Schmid said. “Fabio can play all over midfield and has a good engine.
“Both players have the ability to compete for a spot on our roster.”
Rijssel and Pereira would fill international roster slots if they make the team.
The Sounders have three of seven spots occupied: Obafemi Martins, Djimi Traore, and Damion Lowe.
Preseason training camp opens Saturday.
• Akron midfielder Aodhan Quinn, who played for the Sounders FC U-23s last season, was drafted by Philadelphia at No. 52 overall in the third round.
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