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January 12, 2019, 10:58 pm

Seattle Sounders draft Air Force’s Tucker Bone

Bone was the 2018 WAC Offensive Player of the Year, scoring 13 goals in his senior campaign with the Falcons.

Seattle Sounders draft Air Force’s Tucker Bone
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To beef up their midfield, the Seattle Sounders of Major League Soccer inverted to the United States Air Force Academy.

With the 20th general pick at Friday’s MLS SuperDraft in Chicago, the Sounders chosen Tucker Bone, who helped take the Falcons to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tourney this past season.

The minute it became authoritative ❇️

Born in Tacoma, Tucker Bone is now a Sounder! #SuperDraft by @adidassoccer pic.twitter.com/4GqON5rgDz

— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) January 11, 2019

Bone is the archetypal participant from a Service Academy drafted by an MLS team since 2015, when the Colorado Rapids exhausted a 2nd circular pick on Navy guardian Joe Greenspan. He conspicuous for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in the 2nd-tier United Soccer League Championship this past season, devising the USL All-League team.

The next step for Bone is on the job out specifics with the Air Force and U.S. Soccer so he can be recognized into the WCAP — abbreviated for the World Class Athlete Program. It was created to let jocks from Service Academies to railroad train for the Olympics and different competitions.

If recognized, Bone would be able to Begin railroad preparation and musical performance in games with MLS clubs aft he graduates from the Air Force Academy in May.

He’s assured that it’ll work out.

“It’s not too familiar, because we don’t get a lot of jocks that (turn professional), but they do have these programs in topographic point so an jock can prosecute this sort of career,” Bone told Pro Soccer USA. “I’ve tested to find out as much as I can about it and I’ve tested to be transparent with teams about it. (The Air Force) wants to see you get drafted by a team and see that you’re a legitimate candidate.

“I don’t see a situation in which the WCAP program wouldn’t work out.”

Bone grew up in Granite Bay, California and looked up to former MLS stars Clint Dempsey and David Beckham. He signed with Air Force over interest from Notre Dame, Loyola Chicago, Seattle and Pacific. His father and uncle were also U.S. military pilots.

Huge shout out to @AirForceSoccer's Tucker Bone (@BoneTucker) on being chosen by @SoundersFC as the 20th general pick in the @MLS #SuperDraft!! pic.twitter.com/pi04G0VOmZ

— Air Force Falcons (@AF_Falcons) January 11, 2019

In the Falcons high-pressing and aggressive system, Bone played as a typical No. 10, a play-devising central attacking midfielder. He went on to earn three All-WAC archetypal team selections and was twice a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann trophy, college soccer’s equivalent to the Heisman.

In his four years at Air Force, Bone tallied 25 goals and 22 assists and Air Force went to two NCAA tourneys while he was there. They also had winning records vs. Army and Navy.

The Sounders finished 2nd in the Western Conference last season with an general record of 18-5-11. They were eliminated in the conference semifinals by the Portland Timbers, who went on to play in the MLS Cup Final.

Seattle opens their 2019 season at home on March 2 vs. expansion side FC Cincinnati.

Meet the newest midfielder heading to the Emerald City: Tucker Bone. // #SuperDraft by @adidassoccer pic.twitter.com/VUYbWUA2jY

— Major League Soccer (@MLS) January 11, 2019

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