Staff Picks Week 12: Featuring Guest Steve Zakuani

Another set of midweek matches means that we’re getting our picks in early again. Last week is not one that will be remembered fondly by Clay who managed a paltry 3 correct guesses. At the top of the table was our resident league leader Cory who scored correctly on 50% of his attempts. Ian and Dustyn matched this effort as well. Our guest picker, Cozmo, the soccer and taco loving LA Galaxy super fan, managed to predict 6 of 14 accurately. His goals were to finish in the top half, which he managed, and also to beat Tyler. Tyler also finished with 6 of 14 and this grudge-match will have to be replayed to find out who possesses the superior skills of MLS prognostication.

This week’s special guest picker is none other than Steve Zakuani. Steve is currently the host of the very excellent Seattle Sounders podcast, “The Sound of Soccer”. Steve is also a former Sounder, Timber, a two time US Open Cup Champion, and oh yeah, a #1 Superdraft pick.  

Steve is also the founder of the Kingdom Hope Foundation. The Kingdom Hope Foundation is an organization that runs youth soccer camps in the greater Seattle area and provides scholarships to scholar-athletes. This past weekend, Steve put together a sensational charity match featuring guest players such as Landon Donovan, Eddie Johnson, Dwayne De Rosario, Marcus Hahnemann, James Riley, and Seattle Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka.

The match was a smashing success and featured goals from Eddie Johnson, Steven Hauschka, Mike Chabala, a pair from Zakuani himself, and a hat trick by Landon Donovan. You can see a full recap of the event here:

We encourage to visit the Kingdom Hope website to learn more about this ongoing project and labor of love from Zak.

We wish Mr. Zakuani and all of our staff luck in this week’s predictions.