SEATTLE -- Sounders FC has lost three players in the past two expansion drafts, the maximum amount, and stands to lose another at noon Wednesday.
That's when the Montreal Impact, which will join MLS in 2012, will select 10 players from teams' unprotected rosters to help fill out its own.
In preparation for the draft, Seattle was able to protect 11 players and team officials chose forwards Fredy Montero and Sammy Ochoa; midfielders Osvaldo Alonso, Brad Evans, Alvaro Fernandez, Erik Friberg, Lamar Neagle, Mauro Rosales and Steve Zakuani; defenders Jhon Kennedy Hurtado and Jeff Parke.
Michael Tetteh, a rookie last season, is exempt as a member of Generation adidas.
The rest of the roster is open to selection and, due to the Sounders' quality depth, general manager Adrian Hanauer said the team is bracing itself for another loss.
"We couldn't protect everyone, so some of those who contributed significantly to our success are bound to be exposed," Hanauer said in a news release. "It will be interesting to see how Montreal approaches this."
Last year, Seattle midfielders Sanna Nyassi and Nathan Sturgis were selected by Vancouver in the expansion draft and later traded to Colorado and Toronto, respectively.
In 2009, Philadelphia chose Sounders FC's Sebastien Le Toux, who was an MLS All-Star and named to the MLS Best XI the following season.
* By virtue of the Los Angeles Galaxy winning the MLS Cup on Sunday, Seattle has qualified directly to the group stage of the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League. The Sounders had already earned a CCL preliminary-round berth by winning the U.S. Open Cup in October. When L.A. doubled up on automatic group-stage entries by winning the MLS Cup (having already earned the Supporters' Shield), Seattle was granted one of those berths for earning the league's second-best regular-season record in 2011.
* According to a Sports Illustrated report, play-by-play man Arlo White is being pursued by NBC Sports for soccer broadcasts in 2012. NBC Sports' new three-year TV deal covering MLS and the U.S. men's national team starts next year. White took over on the Sounders call before the 2010 season.
Joshua Mayers: 206-464-3184 or jmayersseattletimes.com.