Sounders Among The Haves

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 19: Leon Osman of Everton (R) competes with Eidur Gudjohnsen of Fulham during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Fulham at Goodison Park on March 19, 2011 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

It's an odd thing for a Seattle sports fan. Despite odd votes that indicate East Coast proximity bias, or worse, among mainstream media in the United States and Canada, when it comes to players and agents around the game the Seattle Sounders are a have. No they are not the New York Red Bulls or the LA Galaxy (or Toronto FC if they were good), but they are a have. Every couple transfer windows we get this reminder. In January 2011 it was the Diego Forlan rumor. Now it is the trial of Eidur Gudjohnsen outside of the window.

Kyle McCarthy points out that it takes a special kind of club to entice a player to take a cut-rate salary to play for a possible trophy. Two clubs are doing it with Nordic players right now - LA and Seattle. Two haves in MLS. While a team like a KC or San Jose is stuck trying to deal from strength to fill a weakness, the Sounders are able take a flyer on a player who was once great.

Whether Gudjohnsen is the right player for the side will be figured out during his trial (and possibly during the Reserve Game at Starfire on Sunday against Chivas USA), but the Sounders have a chance. They have that chance because of the trophies they win, the wins they've gathered, their strong reputation among former players and because of the crowds.

Hanauer & co. do not have the glitz of SoCal. There isn't Hollywood, or Venice Beach or the Catalina Wine Mixer. Instead there is great soccer in a great community. Because of that and the men behind the team Seattle is a possible destination for players like Joan Verdu, Christian Tiffert and Eidur Gudjohnsen.

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