It’s that time of year again, Sounders FC fans! With the transfer window closing, social media was abuzz on on Thursday with rumors of player signings around the league, and our Sounders were no exception. Over the last few days, we’ve seen the club linked to a handful of international players, with the possibility of one becoming the third Designated Player, after reducing Osvaldo Alonso’s contract with the new “Targeted Allocation Money.”
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So, after the recent signing of Andreas Ivanschitz, who would be the latest addition to the Rave Green? At first, there were 2 major candidates, let’s take a look at both.
Candidate 1: Roman Torres, Defender
Seattle and U.S. fans may remember this name from the Gold Cup. Roman Torres anchored the defense during Panama’s run through the tournament, and the unfortunate victim of a controversial red card in the semifinals against Mexico. Torres currently plays for Milonarios in Colombia, a club familiar to the Sounders organization after the loan of Fredy Montero.
While many have doubts about using designated player money on a defender, especially with the return of Brad Evans, Torres could provide much-need depth during the stretch run in the MLS season, combined with CONCACAF Champions League games.
Candidate 2: Nelson Valdez, Forward
The rumors about Valdez rang true, as the Sounders announced his signing today. A mainstay on the Paraguayan national team, Valdez will provide additional depth in the forward position, a need that became apparent during the absence of Obafemi Martins and Clint Dempsey. Valdez has spent time in several top leagues around the world, including Bundesliga and La Liga, and could be a dangerous scoring threat off the bench or give Dempsey and Martins additional rest during the second half of the season, especially given our schedule that will include CONCACAF Champions League games.