Michael Tetteh has shown glimpses of being a special player, but has yet to appear in a MLS game for the Seattle Sounders. Now, he's being loaned to Orlando City of third-division USL-Pro until July 10. The Sounders can recall him at any point. The move does not free up a roster spot or any salary-cap space.
While the move comes as a bit of a surprise, it does make some sense. The bulk of Tetteh's minutes have come during Reserve League play, and this would mean he only misses one likely chance to play. The Sounders only play one Reserve League match between now and Aug. 9. Orlando City will play four matches in that time.
Tetteh has played in all six Reserve League games and scored two goals. He also played all 90 minutes in Tuesday's U.S. Open Cup victory and made his first appearance on the gameday 18 last Sunday against the New England Revolution. Clearly, the Sounders have Tetteh in their plans.
The loan to Orlando City seems to really be about getting him some more minutes. Orlando City plays in front of average crowds of nearly 6,500 fans and has a USL Pro-leading 34 points through 16 matches. Assuming he starts, this should be a good place for him.