Okay, admittedly I took an unexpected sabbatical, as I previously mentioned due to work and other various and menacing factors. While I was gone quiet a bit happened. My last post was a preview of Red Bulls vs. Sounders, back on February 20th, a match that I only briefly had an opportunity to watch and most of it was performed in the sleet/snow in what can only be amassed as one of the more bizarre happenings during the pre-season. Here is a little “catch-up” on what you may have missed if you were out and about like I was the past week and a half.
Thursday, February 21st
A nice tidy game report of the last of the Desert Diamond round robin matches. Of course Mario Martinez stood out again, as did Alex Caskey.
There was talk a lot further back than this but this is when things really got serious, and supporters really took note. It’s not a slam on Jeremiah Oshan but obviously he was working off of an hunch that was obviously logical but not necessarily fact. Deep down, inside us all, we didn’t want to necessarily believe after acquiring Shalrie Joseph that the Sounders would let go one of their better midfielders. This was the crumbling away of that foundational belief.
Likewise to Tiffert, there had been a lot of talk about the next Designated Player and Eddie Johnson’s next forward pairing. Things started coming clear at this point that the connection with Martins was more than just a name on a list and bunch of rumor mongering. This could get real.
Friday, February 22nd
Remick had an very good showing in the pre-season and him getting a contract was more than just an obligation to drafting him in the 2nd round.
Sounders drew Liga MX side Veracruz in a friendly with the efforts to have a better idea of what they could be facing in UANL Tigres this coming week. The results were a little underwhelming, but remember that this was just a friendly.
Saturday, February 23rd
Traore was pretty likely to garner that contract with the club, it was really a matter of if no one came a long better or if he could stay healthy. He should be a good pairing a long with Hurtado a long the back line.
For the second time in a week the Sounders deposed the men of Salt Lake from their chance at an early pre-season trophy and doing so with a predominately reserve line-up against what looked like a possible glimpse of the RSL starting XI.
Monday, February 25th
This was the moment that it went from being an outside possibility to really happening.
Tuesday, February 26th
This is when people freaking crazy.
Wednesday, February 27th
They are pretty. They had been leaked. This just made the pretty things that had been leaked, official.
Thursday, February 28th
Saturday, March 2nd
Christian Tiffert and Sounders part ways. Joshua Mayers for the Seattle Times
Again the Sounders use the stage of their home opener, and just hours before kick-off, to buyout a designated player from their contract. As you read elsewhere, and as I’ve mentioned above, it wasn’t a shocker but that doesn’t mean it didn’t sting. Best of luck to him and wherever he ends up.