Fredy Montero looks like he may be rounding into form. Finding him the right strike partner could determine just how good this team could be. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
With the opening of the international transfer window about to open on Friday, there's a distinct possibility the Seattle Sounders will not be announcing a new Designated Player before then. As best as we can tell, the rumored African DP who is supposedly set to be announced this week, is not someone being tied to the Sounders. The Vancouver Whitecaps have a press-conference scheduled for Tuesday morning, presumably to announce their newest DP.
Meanwhile, the man who still seems to make the most sense for the Sounders, Prince Tagoe, is reportedly practicing with Hoffenheim in Germany. I get the sense this Tagoe remains a possibility, but it seems highly unlikely that he'll be here in the next few days.
I lay out this scenario mainly because I have a feeling that if the Sounders don't have a new DP locked up by July 15 that there will be a vocal portion of the fan base that simply loses their minds. They will be calling for Adrian Hanauer's head. They will claim that all the promises were empty. They'll claim that this team just doesn't want to win bad enough.
All I'm asking for is a little perspective. Let's keep in mind that this team is playing as well as they ever have in their history. Over their past 34 matches, in fact, they are 19-6-9, a mark that would almost certainly win them the Supporters' Shield if it were to be accomplished over one season. They are currently riding an eight-match unbeaten streak that has featured three road wins, a couple comeback victories and results against the leaders of both conferences.
This team could definitely use reinforcements, preferably a game-changing forward to pair up with Fredy Montero, but it doesn't need just anyone. The Sounders need the right player. If that means we need to wait a few more games, I'm perfectly fine with that.