Of all the unsigned players still training with the Seattle Sounders, Fabio Pereira seemed to have the longest odds of actually making the team. Turns out, it's always smart to bet on a Brazilian.
The Sounders announced Thursday that Pereira is their latest signing, effectively leaving four open roster spots and four unsigned players still in training camp. What made Pereira such an unlikely candidate to fill one of the remaining spots was that the Sounders could have retained his MLS rights even if he had been allowed to sign with a lower-division team.
Apparently, the Sounders were unwilling to let him get away.
"Fabio is a young player who is skillful and has a nose for goal coming out of the midfield," Head Coach Sigi Schmid said in a team release. "He has good vision and desire. We are excited to add Fabio to our mix."
Pereira's signing does create some interesting roster situations, though. Assuming Pereira occupies an international roster spot -- and there's really no reason to think the Sao Paolo-native doesn't -- the Sounders have just one of their seven spots still unfilled. Of the players still in training camp, Cam Weaver is the only American. John Arroyo and Kevin Parsemain will surely count as internationals, while Michael Azira's situation is less clear as he's lived and worked in the United States for several years and may well have a green card.
Even if the Sounders are able to acquire another international roster spot, it seems unlikely that all four of the remaining unsigned players will make the final roster barring another unforeseen move.