Several players with international experience among the rather enormous group of non-roster players invited to the early days of Sounders training.
Most of these players will probably be gone with a week or two, but the Seattle Sounders brought in their biggest group yet to the early days of training camp. No fewer than 14 non-roster players are currently with the Sounders, among them several notable former MLS players and a handful of players with international experience. We wrote about some of them previously, but here's a list of some of the more interesting names that we didn't already know about.
Guy Stephane Essame: The 28-year-old midfielder who has three caps for Cameroon since 2008. Most recently has been playing in the Russian Premier League, spending four seasons with FC Terek Grozny. Was supposedly set to join Paraguayan club Olympia.
Blair Gavin: Former No. 10 SuperDraft pick, who was traded to the Revolution in the Shalrie Joseph deal. Only played two games after the trade. May be best known for rocking the most impressive facial hair in MLS history (sorry Alexi).
David Opoku: A striker who played two years at UC Santa Barbara, scoring 15 goals with seven assists from 2010-11. He spent last season in Finland with Myllykosken Pallo −47.
Jose Cuevas: Another in a long list of Charleston Battery alumni to grab the attention of the Sounders. He was the team's second-leading scorer last year with eight goals and leading playmaker with six assists.
Marvin Angulo: A 26-year-old Costa Rican midfielder, played for Herediano last year where he had a goal and four assists in limited minutes. Has 39 goals in 182 career league matches with Herediano and two appearances for Costa Rica.
Jonas Rasmussen: Was impressive enough at 16 to be signed by Arsenal but didn't stick and ended up back in his native Denmark. Still just 21, the 6-foot-1 forward spent the last two seasons with Hvidovre IF. In 2011-12, he led the team with 18 goals while playing in the Danish third division.