With the MLS winter transfer window ending next Wednesday, May 11th the Sounders are still in hot pursuit of a DP to fill the open spot left by Martins when he left. To celebrate the end of the window, here is the first of a two part article summarizing all those who have arrived and those who have left this offseason.
Players that left Seattle
December 6th– Lamar Neagle to DC United
This is the third time Neagle has been traded from the Sounders, the first two saw him go to the Charleston Battery and the Montreal Impact respectively. In his most recent stint with the Sounders from 2013-2015, Neagle found himself a regular starter as well as a fan favorite. Those three years saw him make 93 appearances and score 21 goals for the Rave Green, including a goal that helped Seattle win the Community Shield in 2014 in the double header against LA and a brace against Vancouver that put the Sounders into the knockout round of the 2015-2016 CONCACAF Champions League. With the arrival of Nelson Valdez and Andreas Ivanschitz in the summer and the eventual move to the 4-3-3, Neagle only would have found minutes as a sub so it was for him to go to DC. So far, Neagle has played 8 games for DC and has scored 2 goals.
December 9th– Micheal Azira to the Colorado Rapids
The Sounders decided not to renew the 28 year old Ugandan international and was picked up by the Colorado Rapids. While he was with Seattle from 2014-2015, Azira had 25 appearances for the Rave Green. As a backup defensive midfielder, most of his appearances either came from being a substitute or as a replacement for an injured Alonso. Since moving to Colorado, he has started all 9 games of the season.
December 15th-Marco Pappa to the Colorado Rapids
6 days after Azira left for Colorado, Pappa was traded there as well. Seattle picked up Pappa in 2014 after he was released by the Dutch club SC Heerenveen and during his two seasons with the Sounders, the Guatemalan
international played in 49 games, scoring 9 goals and assisting 11 times. The most memorable game for Pappa was October 25th, 2014 against LA when he came on as a sub for Brad Evans and scored 2 goals for the Sounders in the 85th and 95th minutes to clinch the 2014 Supporters Shield. Similarly to Neagle, once Valdez and Invanschitz arrived, Pappa was not going to find much time on the field and for the salary he was receiving, it was best for him to leave the Rave Green. With the Rapids, Pappa has played in 7 games and scored one goal against LA in a 1-0 win for the Rapids.
December 22nd– Leo Gonzalez to Herediano
Gonzalez was with the Sounders since their first season, joining midway through the inaugural season, and appeared 133 times in the Rave Green, with 2 goals and 4 assists from his left back position. The Costa Rican was a player Seattle could always rely on in the back and was named the club’s Defender of the Year in 2013. After last season, Seattle opted not to renew Gonzalez’ contract and he went unselected through the Re-Entry Draft. Gonzalez announce he would never play for another MLS side other than the Sounders and signed for Herediano, where Gonzalez started his professional career in 2000 before signing with Seattle.
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December 24th– Andy Rose to Coventry City
Andy Rose has been with the Sounders since the 2012 season. RSL had selected Rose with the 6th overall pick of the 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft but they later traded him to Seattle for the rights to Leone Cruz. In the 4 seasons Rose was with Seattle, he had 91 appearances and 5 goals, including a stint in 2014 where he had 3 goals in 2 games which entailed a game winner in the 94th minutes against RSL that helped push the Sounders to the win the Supporters Shield. Rose was also a fan favorite in Seattle but he elected to go home to the U.K. to play for Coventry City where he has made 11 appearances and scored 2 goals.
December 28th– Chad Barrett to the San Jose Earthquakes
For the 2014 season, the Sounders picked up Chad Barrett in the MLS Re-Entry Draft. Barrett hit a revival while in Seattle, making his name for scoring late goals, an example being the 2014 season opener stoppage time goal against Sporting KC to make it 1-0. During his time in Seattle, Barrett had 44 appearances and scored 12 goals, 5 of which were game-winners. Chad Barrett signed with the San Jose Earthquakes after the Sounders opted not to pick up the option on Barrett’s contract.
January 7th– Gonzalo Pineda Retires
At the end of last season, Pineda decided to retire. The Seattle picked up Pineda after being released by Guadalajara in 2013 and became an integral part of the Sounders midfield after signing on March 5th of 2014. The midfielder made 56 appearances in the Rave Green and had 4 goals and 9 assists to his name over the two seasons he was in Seattle. After announcing his retirement, Pineda made his interests known that he wanted to become a coach and is now a part of the broadcast team for Univision Deportes.
February 25th– Obafemi Martins to Shanghai Greenland Shenhua F.C.
This was the transfer that blew us all away and hurt us the most coming into the 2016 season. Seattle picked up
Martins in 2013 as their next DP after paying a $4 million buyout clause to Levante for him. On March April 20th, Martins scored his first Sounders goal against the Colorado Rapids to give the Sounders the first win of the 2013 season. In his 3 seasons with the Sounders, Martins was a goal machine, scoring 40 goals and assisting 23 times in 72 appearances. In 2014 alone Martins finished the season with 17 goals, a club record, and had 13 assists, tying Mauro Rosales’ club record. That same season he was one of three MLS MVP finalist. This past offseason, though, Martins wanted to make a move to Shanghai Greenland Shenhua who offered the Nigerian International a huge pay raise. Since his move, he has only made 6 appearance, all of them as a substitute, and has yet to score a goal.
March 8th– Damion Lowe to Minnesota United FC (Loan)
Lowe has never made a competitive appearance for the Sounders but did play in the 2-2 friendly against Club Tijuana. Signed in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft by the Sounders, the center back has only played competitively for S2, where he had 17 appearance last year and scored 1 goal against T2 on May 22nd. This season, he is playing on loan with Minnesota United FC in the NASL where with whom he has had 4 appearances and has scored 1 goal.
As the transfer window deadline inches closer, we will look at who Seattle has brought in this window in preparation for some possible signings.