What’s in vogue? TALKING ABOUT THE MLS OFF-SEASON, OF COURSE! There was news last night on the Sounders eligible for the upcoming re-entry draft. Then of course you have the boat load of deals as Real Salt Lake attempts to get younger (and shed some money), the Timbers acquired the rights to a New York Red Bull home grown player and a couple of intriguing pieces, and the Bulls themselves to be making moves themselves.
I do want to talk about is the much made about report out of Philly yesterday morning. Jeff Parke, as it has been speculated about previously, seems to be of interest to the Union and is currently being courted. Hulk, as I commonly refer to him as, currently is out of contract but has his rights still controlled by Seattle. A deal will have to be reached though between the two clubs. I’m fairly certain that it won’t be an issue as it will be a mutual agreed upon departure for both Park and the Sounders considering both their circumstances.
I’ve resolved that Parke wasn’t going to return anyways. Ianni and Hurtado worked well at times last year and maybe, if, and that of coruse is the big part of it, if, Hurtado can remain healthy it should be a very productive defensive duo.
The question really be about compensation and I imagine–considering the Sounders apparent cap situation–they’ll be seeking something in the way of cash allocation. It’s not generally disclosed so we’ll be left to feast about rumors on how that will work itself out.
Next in line the Sounders declined 3 options last night, Mike Seamon, O’Brian White (which may left a few supporters rather confused… that he still was affiliated with Seattle after his injury) and Andrew Weber. Nothing soul crushing. I personally think that Seamon could end up being a poor man’s Brad Evans but that’s entirely debatable.
It doesn’t mean they are going anywhere. The front office has the opportunity to try and work out deals until Friday, but it looks as if after that it’s nearly a done deal they’ll be on their way out.
We’ll have to see if that’s the way the Sounders go. We know based upon some of the comments of Adrian Hanuaer that the club is likely to shrink the number of available bodies on the roster due to the reduced amount of extra matches and over-seas cup competition. This would seem to be another small step in that direction.
Lots still on going… lots still to be revealed.