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While no signings have been announced there are indications where the team is heading with its draft picks and discovery claims.
Shortly after yesterday's conference call with the Seattle media the Sounders announced that trialist Mikael Silvestre is no longer with the team. At the time of the call they held his Discovery Rights which means that if Portland had wanted to sign him an arrangement would have been necessary. Sigi Schmid also explained his thoughts on draftees Eriq Zavaleta and Dylan Remick not playing as well as how Djimi Traore is doing.
He noted that Zavaleta is under contract already and called Remick "another guy that we definitely want to keep." So if the team knows those two are on the roster that would explain their lack of play. The first half was about the current First X and Traore.
"Obviously he’s a player that we’re looking at and I think that he’s done well in the two games that he’s played," Schmid said of trialist Djimi Traore. "We’ll continue to look. I know there are talks that are in the process, but what the results of that will be, I’m not sure."
Schmid also noted that too much tea leaf reading can take place in preseason matches. It is not always a case of First Team, Second Team, other guys. Other teams have even played their Reservists and trialists to start matches (RSL did, more on that later).
"Again, we’re looking at some people that we’re still making some decisions on, so sometimes the lineups we put out there aren’t necessarily a reflection of the current depth ranking within in the team," Sigi expained "It’s more a situation of, ‘We need to look at these guys and make a decision here,’ because we’ve already made some decisions (elsewhere). You can’t look too much into it sometimes."
Not even the home opener will see an Ideal XI as the team will not be at a fitness level for most players to go 90 twice in a week. Of course, Osvaldo Alonso and Marc Burch will already be out. This will mean that any attempts at guessing a Depth Chart in March will be based as much on scouting the players as Sigi Schmid's selection.