November 8, 2012; Sandy, UT, USA; A trainer tends to Real Salt Lake defender Tony Beltran (2) after he sustained an injury during the second half against the Seattle Sounders FC at Rio Tinto Stadium. The Sounders defeated Real Salt Lake 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Risk Vs. Reward

There is a delicate balance that must be considering into entering into any transaction. Obviously there is a certain degree of success that comes with whatever you are trying to acquire. As I understand it, there is a certain percentage of electronics, albeit small, that when purchased off the shelf are not going to work as intended due to various malfunctions associated with such items. It’s of course a small percentage and ultimately not going to affect the business but we have to realize that it’s going to happen and we can’t nesscarily allow that to enter into the decision making process. You’re still going to busy that talking doll for little Suzzie this Christmas, even if there is a 3% chance that she comes broken.

Much of the complaints and focus about the Sounders roster has been somewhat… that it’s frequently broken. Obviously there are the common occurrences that have seemed to befuddle Jhon Kennedy Hurtado. Hurtado has shown to be an important cog since returning from knee surgery only two seasons ago but continues to run into issues preventing him from eclipsing the 2k minute mark. Brad Evans, also, seems to be a fit for Elijah Price award. Poor Brad has seen continuous problems staying healthy through the 2010 and 2011 campaigns, though return this past season and was shown to be vital–as well as versatile–member of the squad. But not all injuries can be attributed to a player having a body that continues to break down. You have to consider the freak instances such as those that are associated with Steve Zakuani.

The Sounders have made hedge bets with acquiring guys such as Mauro Rosales and Eddie Johnson. Guys who have boat loads of talent but are plagued with injuries. It could very well be argued that with a healthy Eddie Johnson alone, the Sounders don’t lose to the Galaxy in the first leg of the Conference Finals. We’ve had the opportunity to see both the advantages to being willing to take on risk, as well as the frustration that also follows suite. ‘Boom Boom’ Johnson is, again, the perfect example of that. His contributions over this past season were incredible and his reward of Comeback Player of the Year are well deserved. That wouldn’t have happened without a bit of risk. But the Sounders ever dependent offence upon Mauro Rosales, at times, feels a bit of a crutch. As he–at times—has been the sole creator for goal scoring opportunities.

We’ve already seen the Sounders front office seemingly pass on other risk/rewards type this off-season as Ike Opara was sent to SKC in a strong move last week. Opara, who has had issues with being able to stay out on the pitch for a full season, is much the defensive inverse of Eddie Johnson. Strong and athletic a man that has shown the propensity for shutting down offences and was the d-line captain for his U-23 squads as well as college teams.

I have to admit I was a little jealous when I heard that Sporting nabbed him and did so as cheaply as they did. But, I don’t think this is an effort by the front office to avoid players that can and will make this club better because they have some down side to them, in respect to health problems. I think a difference maker is a difference maker and you have to leap when you have an opportunity to add one to your team. I suspect that the next two weeks is going to be rather quiet. Sure, we’ll see more Fredy rumors and there may even be some Mauro related ones too. Who knows… maybe in two weeks the Sounders sell of Gspurning, trade for Dan Kennedy and acquire enough money to buy Rosales out of a DP spot and bring over someone like … I don’t know… someone cool.

Be on the lookout for someone cool.

Tags: Brad Evans Eddie Johnson Ike Opara Jhon Kennedy Hurtado Mauro Rosales Steve Zakuani

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