Unlike years before, the Seattle Sounders find themselves in a different situation as they prepare to enter the transfer window.
MLS’s second transfer window of the year opens in a little over 30 days (July 8th). The biggest question for the Seattle Sounders are should they be players in it. Lets take a walk through memory lane of mid-season acquisitions.
The Seattle Sounders shock the world and sign Clint Dempsey. For many what was looked at as a fantasy became reality when the Sounders pulled off the biggest signing in MLS Soccer history. They were able to bring the captain of the USMNT back to the USA in his prime and lure him away from Europe. However, it didn’t work out so well for Seattle in the first season. Dempsey scored only a couple of goals, and the team went into a tailspin at the end of the season, petering out in the playoffs, well before their expected crowning as Major League Champions.
Christian Tiffert entered the confines of CenturyLink field as a heralded European player with the capability of controlling the midfield as well as being an offensive weapon for the team. He was at best an average midfielder by today’s standards while with Seattle, and was bought out of his contract prior to the 2013 season to open up a Designated Player spot for current player Obafemi Martins. Tiffert never connected with the fan base and for many it was rather easy to see the two-part ways.
Blaise Nkufo was signed as the latest and greatest thing the Seattle Sounders had ever seen, except he wasn’t. He failed to make much of an impact on a team with rising star Fredy Montero, and was released from the team just prior to the start of the 2011 season.
Present Day – July
The Seattle Sounders will have to ask themselves some hard questions. Clint Dempsey, and Deandre Yedlin will be coming back from World Cup duty sometime in July. While Yedlin will likely be full of energy and have some fresh legs, for Dempsey the emotional and physical toll of carrying a country could be cause for concern as he may need a few additional weeks to collect himself. Allowing him some time to get back in the swing of things and find his legs again.
Seattle has suffered some injury set backs on the back line with players like veteran Djimi Traore, but could be getting back to healthy as the heat of July rolls in. While the defense has given up its share of goals and head coach Sigi Schmid has said the team might be looking to pursue a center back, does the team need it? There has not been a history of success by adding a player in the middle of the season so why start now?
This team while deep could use some more depth on the defensive side of the ball. With Traore getting older and a e injury which could linger for the rest of the season, Seattle might need to make a medium addition in order to fill any holes on the defensive line.
There are no more Designated Player spots available, there are still international roster spots available. While Seattle will likely not be a big whale in this years transfer window, they could be a player none the less.