Feb 13, 2013; Tucson, AZ, USA; Seattle Sounders defender Djimi Traore (50) heads the ball under pressure from New England Revolution midfielder Diego Fagundez (14) during the first half at Kino Sports Complex. Seattle beat New England 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

Mikaël Silvestre Out, Djimi Traore In

I haven’t really had a chance to hear the presser with Sigi Schmid from earlier today, but from Don Ruiz has it up the blog that Mikaël Silvestre is no longer on trial with the club. I guess that’s not really surprising. After his departure from the Timbers the general vibe was that he wouldn’t remain with the club long, but then again what do I know about vibes? They’re not conerete and if there was one thing I learned today it’s that the most important thing start with a “C” and ends up with an “E” (I promise you, I didn’t make that up…).

Considering Silvestre’s background and general pedigree, it’s not that hard to believe that him hitting the road may be less about his age and ability, and more about how much he would receive in terms of compensation and playing time. I don’t have that on any authority, it’s purely my own conjecture. But it makes sense in my own mind and based off the opinion of most analysts citing his performance in games was average. Though Silvestre holding his own must not be as good as others that are already in camp.

Interesting note is that Seattle actually holds his discovery rights. Maybe the reason he didn’t sign with Portland? Maybe?

A long with the news that Silvestre left training camp, the buzz off social media has Djimi Traore signing with the club. He would presumably be a 3rd centreback, rotating back and forth between Patrick Ianni and Jhon Kennedy Hurtado. You know, once Ianni doesn’t have a broken foot.  That’s still so strange to me.

Having Traore will of course be nice as he will serve the Sounders in terms of some needed veteran depth a long the back line. Most depth back there is comprised of youngsters. I’d make some type of lame movie reference about how their too young to appreciate it, but I feel it would either be lost or just really lame, so I’ll move on. Guys like Dylan Remick, Eriq Zavaleta and Andrew Duran will be around the back line waiting for their opportunity. The addition of Traore will just help pad those guys with experience and prevent a situation where the Sounders have to go immediately to that youth.

A long with being able to play centreback, Traore can fit in on the left side and can help supplement both Marc Burch and Leo Gonzalez as needed. Maybe it would even give the Sounders an opportunity to cut bait with Leo Gonzalez. But again, that’s just me being crazy. Crazy to think that carrying three left backs and a potential fourth seems a bit over kill.
More should be coming to give us a better indication of this club at 30.


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