I have been reading some very thoughtful, insightful speculation as to who the Sounders will protect and why. The consensus seems to be that Fucito - despite being protected last year (when Keller took an additional slot and we were due to lose two players) - will be left unprotected. I LOVE Fucito. I think he brings a quality that is otherwise missing (since the loss of Le Toux) - the tireless hustling bulldog.
With that said, there is a name that hasn't been mentioned that could directly impact decision making and bolster the argument that Fucito will be unprotected - Mrisho Ngassa. All rumor and speculation seems to indicate that he will be in Sounders training camp. We go to see some of his speed and motor in the Man U. debacle. He recently scored an Intl. goal for Tanzania, which was at least his 13th (hard to find good references). He was invited to trail at West Ham when they were in the EPL. All indications are that he will be in camp in 2012. What is his impact on our needs?
Ngassa is a forward with excellent speed and good dribbling skills...we played him on the wing vs. Man U. He is small (5'5") and very fast and only 23. If you're on the bubble between ... say...Ochoa, Fucito, Evans and Friberg (if the intl situation doesn't make that decision for you), you've got to think that Ngassa, who is neither a CM nor a holding/big fwd, would bolster the case for leaving Fucito unprotected.
What are your thoughts?