Mikael Silvestre and Cordell Cato rights could net Sounders draft picks or small amount of allocation

Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

MLS rules provide some benefit to Seattle Sounders FC for players that are no longer in their plans, or are more wanted by another team.

The Seattle Sounders did not take a long look at Mikael Silvestre. He was an opponent in their preseason match against the Timbers and was in camp for a match and a single training session. Despite that they may still sign him, or they will wind up with compensation from the Portland Timbers. A BBC broadcast assistant indicated Friday that Silvestre signing was imminent.


More recent tweets from Geoffrey C Arnold of The Oregonian Portland are the frontrunners, but must negotiate with Seattle for the rights to sign a player that was first claimed via the Discovery process. An estimate of a player like Silvestre's value is difficult, but it would be a small amount of Allocation Money and/or a draft pick. Something like a second round pick would seem appropriate. StumptownFooty is not happy about this at all.

Cordell Cato is still in camp with the San Jose Earthquakes as well. They have a longer history with the T&T youth national, but Seattle actually signed him at one point. Due to the qualifying offer made Cato, a probable transfer fee and communication issues the player is not with the Sounders despite them controlling his rights.

San Jose would have to deal with the Sounders to sign Cato, as well as reach an agreement with Defence Force in T&T. This lowers the value of a young, raw player and so a future low Supplemental Draft pick or a short term international slot trade would make sense for value. Seattle does not need international slots at this time.

In the end, two players who are quite unlikely to be Sounders FC players in 2013 could help provide roster flexibility now and/or draft picks later.

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