Duran was named a 2nd team All American and as a senior at Creighton was the Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year.
In May of last year Duran trained with the Sounders and then took in a home game.
At that time he realized he would not mind in the slightest if the Sounders drafted him, which they did.
Here are 5 reasons why Duran makes the Sounders better.
1. He fits into the Sounders plans
Seattle would like to play more from the back from their defenders, who can not only distribute the ball, but also make plays while they have the ball.
Duran is perfect at this as the 6’1″ DF is a converted midfielder.
Sounders FC technical director Chris Henderson stated about Duran after the team took him, “He’s very composed on the ball. He has good feet. His maturity is beyond his years. He’s a guy that we think can come in and contribute and fight for a spot every day.”
2. He knows what to expect
Since Duran was a collegiate player that trained with a MLS team he will know what to expect from the MLS.
3. The Sounders know what they got in the draft
Since Duran trained with the Sounders they know what they are getting from him. Sounders FC head coach Sigi Schmid stated, “One of the things you have a chance to do is get a feel for their personality and how they’re going to fit in with your team.
The other thing that stood out was that even as he stepped up into our environment, he was still very calm in the way he played.”
4. He will help the D right away
In his senior season he anchored a Creighton defense that was one of the best defensive teams in the nation, which is why he won the conference defensive player of the year.
That is great for the Sounders, who lost 2 of their starting defenders as well as G Kasey Keller.
5. His size will help on crosses
Duran is 6’1″ and being in the defense he will be a great addition to the Sounders when they play teams that can cross the ball. His big frame can thwart opposing teams when they look to cross balls, especially ones deep in the box.
While Duran will help on defense the Sounders got some offensive help taking FW Babayele Sodade from University of Alabama-Birmingham in the 2nd round of the SuperDraft.
He is 6’3″ and in his senior season he scored 13 goals in 21 matches.
Schmid said about drafting Sodade, “With us losing Nate Jaqua and with O’Brian White still coming back from injury, we felt it was good to look at a little bit of depth in that position. He showed well at the combine.
He’s had a good career at UAB and he’s the kind of player who could be a surprise guy like C.J. Sapong was last year.”
The Sounders open veteran training camp on Thursday, January 19 at Starfire.