French International and former Manchester United, Arsenal and most recently Werder Bremen defensive man Mikaël Silvestre has found his way out of Portland into Seattle this afternoon. The former trialist for Portland was cut, apparently –and with the complete lack of depth that is the Sounders backline, has found his way into the Sounders squad.
I suppose there are a few different ways to view this.
I like looking at it from the stand point of, “wouldn’t it be something if the Timbers cut a guy that ended up starting the season with Seattle?” And not just be allocated to the roster and be something of a third centreback. But actually featured in the starting XI.
I think it’s most of viewed as a step back, for some people, in our pursuit of a early season replacement for Patrick Ianni. Looking at the reactions by most Silvestre is viewed more as “he wasn’t good enough for Portland, he shouldn’t be (and isn’t) good enough for us.”
This is kind of an assumption made by most fans and it’s not necessarily correct. There is another and, to me, more obvious reason that Silvestre is with Seattle now and not Portland.
Maybe, they weren’t willing to pay a 35 year-old, regardless of pedigree, what he’s asking to be paid. Maybe they don’t have the finances to make such a deal, I don’t know. I’m not as familiar with their cap situation as Seattle.
I would think they would have the room but maybe it was about principle and the fact he wasn’t worth what he was asking for–regardless of if they could afford it or not.
By all accounts, despite his age, he was doing just fine in the training camp. Maybe they wanted more than “just fine”.
The recent move of Eric Alexander and clearing up room possibly leads someone to presume that they could be making a move for someone else. Maybe, someone younger and liking in the plan for a longer time.
Just because Silvestre didn’t work out with the Timbers doesn’t mean that he can’t be useful or worth going after for the Sounders. They don’t need him to be a long term solution. They just need him to be a worthy of starting job for roughly 1500 minutes.