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The MLS SuperDraft is underway. Teams are gearing up for the 2009 season with fresh acquisitions, prospects, and wheeling and dealing.

Teams are beginning to take shape for their assault on the 2009 season, and the Major League Soccer SuperDraft is a big part of that. Some clubs are looking for key contributors on the pitch. Others want tomorrow's top star. Some want a bargaining chip in future trades. Whatever the motive, it's exciting.

Seattle Sounders FC, and expansion club in 2009, picked Steve Zakuani of the University of Akron. [Photo credit Tom Gannam, MLS.]

"I’m excited," the forward gushed. "It’s an honor for me, honestly, and it’s a dream come true as well. I just really can’t wait to get started, you know? I’m so happy to be going there, to be playing for Coach [Sigi] Schmid, who I’ve obviously heard a lot about. He has a great track record and I respect him a lot as a coach, so I’m just ready to get started."

Toronto FC, who held the second and fourth overall picks, selected tidy Wake Forest midfielder Sam Cronin next. He should be able to step in immediately and help MLS's lone Canadian representative in their quest to make the playoffs for the first time in club history.

Tied for last place in the 2008 season, the Los Angeles Galaxy are looking to regain past glories. With the most leaky defense last season, they went about adding to 2008's rookie of the year Sean Franklin in the back by selecting defender Omar Gonzalez of the University of Maryland.

"I'm excited to be with LA," he told Goal.com exclusively. "I can't wait to step onto the field with Beckham and Donovan and all those guys. I'm really hoping to learn a lot from those guys.

"[Head Coach and General Manager] Bruce [Arena] has coached great players in his time. He's made players what they are now. It's going to be an unbelievable experience. I'm ready to get started."

The first three picks went exactly as Goal.com's Kyle McCarthy predicted in his mock draft.

A full list of the 2009 MLS SuperDraft follows:

Round 1:

1. Steve Zakuani (University of Akron) - Seattle Sounders FC
2. Sam Cronin (Wake Forest University) - Toronto FC
3. Omar Gonzalez (University of Maryland) - LA Galaxy
4. O'Brian White (University of Connecticut) - Toronto FC
5. Peri Marosevic (University of Michigan) - FC Dallas
6. Rodney Wallace (University of Maryland) - D.C. United
7. Chris Pontius (University of California - Santa Barbra) - D.C. United
8. Matt Besler (University of Notre Dame) - Kansas City Wizards
9. Michael Lahoud (Wake Forest University) - Chivas USA
10. Kevin Alston (Indiana University) - New England Revolution
11. Jeremy Hall (University of Maryland) - New York Red Bulls
12. Jean Alexandre (Lynn University) - Real Salt Lake
13. Stefan Frei (University of California) - Toronto FC
14. George John (University of Washington) - FC Dallas
15. Ryan Maxwell (University of Tampa) - New England Revolution

Round 2:

16. Evan Brown (Wake Forest University) - Seattle Sounders FC
17. Brad Ring (Indian University) - San Jose Earthquakes
18. Babajide Ogunbiyi (Santa Clara University) - New York Red Bulls
19. AJ DeLaGarza (University of Maryland) - LA Galaxy
20. Baggio Husidic (University of Illinois at Chicago) - Chicago Fire
21. Milos Kocic (Loyola College) - D.C. United
22. Doug DeMartin (Michigan State University) - Kansas City Wizards
23. Graham Zusi (University of Maryland) - Kansas City Wizards
24. Andrei Gotsmanov (Creighton University) - New England Revolution
25. Denaldin Hamzagic (Saint Louis University) - New England Revolution
26. Lyle Adams (Wake Forest University) - D.C. United
27. Brian Shriver (University of North Carolina) - FC Dallas
28. Kwame Adjeman-Pamboe (George Mason University) - Colorado Rapids
29. Jack Traynor (Notre Dame University) - New York Red Bulls
30. Paul Gerstenberger (Boston College) - Columbus Crew

Round 3:

31. Jared Karkas (Azusa Pacific University) - Seattle Sounders FC
32. Quincy Amarikwa (University of California - Davis) - San Jose Earthquakes
33. Josh Boateng (Liberty University) - LA Galaxy
34. Mike Grella (Duke University) - Toronto FC
35. Kyle Christensen (University of Denver) - Chivas USA
36. Brandon Barklage (Saint Louis University) - D.C. United
37. Steward Ceus (University of Albany) - Colorado Rapids
38. Chris Salvaggione (UNC Charlotte) - New England Revolution
39. Kyle Hall (Syracuse University) - Toronto FC
40. Darrius Barnes (Duke University) - New England Revolution
41. Daniel Cruz (University of Nevada - Las Vegas) - Houston Dynamo
42. Neal Kitson (St John's University) - Kansas City Wizards
43. David Sias (University of California - Irvine) - Chicago Fire
44. Nick Zimmerman (James Madison University) - New York Red Bulls
45. Alex Grendi (University of Pennsylvania) - Columbus Crew

Round 4:

46. Michael Fucito (Harvard University) - Seattle Sounders FC
47. Ross Schunk (University of Redlands) - Colorado Rapids
48. Kyle Patterson (Saint Louis University) - LA Galaxy
49. Jaime Franks (Wake Forest University) - Chivas USA
50. Akeem Priestley (University of Connecticut) - Kansas City Wizards
51. Jordan Seabrook (University of Southern Florida) - Colorado Rapids
52. Jokull Elisabetarson (University of North Carolina at Greensboro) - Chicago Fire
53. Jokull Elisabetarson (Winthrop University) - Colorado Rapids
54. Raphael Cox (University of Washington) - Real Salt Lake
55. Tyrel Lacey (University of Tulsa) - New England Revolution
56. Marcus Tracy (Wake Forest University) - Houston Dynamo
57. Futhi Bhembe (Alabama A&M University) - Real Salt Lake
58. Richard Jata (Campbell University) - Chicago Fire
59. Michael Holody (University of Michigan) - Colorado Rapids
60. Michael Holody (University of Tulsa) - Columbus Crew

--Zac Lee Rigg, Goal.com

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