Steve Zakuani - first pick in 2009 MLS SuperDraft
Steve Zakuani (9 February 1988) is a striker who was selected by the Seattle Sounders FC with the first pick of the 2009 MLS SuperDraft.
Zakuani was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and later moved to United Kingdom and played for the Arsenal F.C. youth teams before enrolling at the University of Akron and starring on their soccer team. As a sophomore, after leading the nation in scoring with 20 goals and 7 assists, and finishing as runner-up for the Hermann Trophy, awarded to the nation's best collegiate soccer player, Zakuani was selected by the Sounders as the number one pick in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft on a Generation Adidas contract. In 2008, he played for the Cleveland Internationals in the Premier Development League. Zakuani turned down a larger contract offer from Preston North End to sign with Major League Soccer.
Zakuani is proof of what is attainable through a soccer scholarship at a US University. Zakuani will now be playing against players like David Beckham, Freddy Adu and Juan Pablo Angel as well as continuing his education through Generation Adidas. This could be you!