The Seattle Sounders didn't make quite as many cuts as they suggested they would, but the group of remaining players has gotten a bit smaller. The team announced on Wednesday that Will Bates had been waived and that trialists Danny O'Rourke, Miguel Gonzalez, John McCarthy and Omar Browne were all dismissed from training camp. That leaves the Sounders with seven unsigned players and four open roster spots (which assumes Shalrie Joseph won't be back).
The unsigned players still in camp are Jimmy Ockford, Kevin Parsemain, Gonzalo Pineda, Fabio Pereira, Michael Azira, Cam Weaver and John Arroyo. Although the Sounders could choose to sign four of those players, they could also elect to leave one or two roster spots open and save some salary cap space.
Of the recent cuts, Bates is probably the most surprising, but even that isn't shocking. Once a highly-prized college prospect, Bates has battled various injuries that have limited his ability to even stay on the field for a prolonged period of time. The Sounders picked him in the first round of the 2013 Supplemental Draft in the hope that he'd be able to make a full recovery. He was able to get healthy enough to play in nine Reserve League games, but was again battling injuries throughout this preseason. On what was apparently his final day with the Sounders, Bates was limited to training on the side.