March 1 was MLS roster-compliance day. This meant that every club was required to be under the salary cap (they call it a budget and admit that it is somewhat fungible) and that each club must have a minimum number of players and not exceed the maximum number of roster spots. Presumably, Seattle Sounders FC met those conditions and that's why no other signings or cuts were announced. It seems that the six trialists that ended preseason with the club still have a shot to make the roster, at some point. Some trialists played a lot, others played quite a bit less.
Seattle has five roster spots open -- including Shalrie Joseph's spot, which we fully expect to be opened -- four of which can be used on internationals.
The following table shows how many minutes they were used and what roles they played for when they wore the Rave Green.
|PLAYER||Gm 1||Gm 2||Gm 3||Gm 4||Gm 5||Gm 6||Gm 7||Gm8||Gm 9||Minutes||Primary Role||Other Roles|
|Azira||45||66||19||64||*||45||60||299||Defensive Mid||Right Back|
|Ockford*||45||30||90||45||210||Right Back||Center Back|
|Pereira||45||30||30||27||60||192||Attacking Mid||Box-to-Box Mid|
|Catic||45||30||16||91||Attacking Mid||Left Wing|
|Arroyo||30||22||52||Right Wing||Left Wing|
One trialist clearly stood out to Adrian & Co.: Jimmy Ockford was not drafted with a contract. But he earned one and then was loaned to the Cosmos. Another trialist gained a cult following due to his goalscoring prowess: Kevin Parsemain remains unsigned, at this time, but he demonstrated a knack for goals. Micheal Azira is under contract with the Charleston Battery (and has 90 minutes of use by them not on the chart) which could complicate the possibility of joining the Sounders despite his status as the most-used trialist.
Both Pineda and Weaver would have to make the roster as senior players. They are old enough that they no longer qualify for the developmental portion of the roster. Pineda's heavy usage indicates some value, but he may have contract demands. Weaver showed strong hold-up play, but that was it. Arroyo hardly saw the pitch. He's a wild card in that there is little out there about his style of play besides "young attacking talent." The 20-year old would be a project.
Morad and McCarthy both earned deals with lower division clubs. Others are on their way to doing that as well. They may some day be Sounders, that's a path that others have taken.
Trialists are likely to trickle in and out of training throughout the year, but the time of dozens is over. The season is just six days away.