Shavar Thomas, Mason Trafford, maybe other trialists join Sounders camp

G. Newman Lowrance

The cycle of trialists coming in and out of Sounders preseason training camp continues with a fringe Canadian international, a Jamaican international and maybe a couple of Brazilian youth players.

When Seattle Sounders FC sent out their most recent release concerning their activities in Casa Grande there was a new name listed. Most recently with the Montreal Impact and Sporting Kansas City now free agent Shavar Thomas is in camp as is previously rumored Mason Trafford. There are reports out of Brazil that two youngsters from Fluminese are going to join Seattle on a trial with intent to loan.

Shavar Thomas is a nine year veteran of MLS with stops at six different teams. Most of his time was with Sporting KC in two different stops. A frequent call-up with Jamaica Thomas is an example of a veteran experienced talent that is essentially replacement level. With depth issues at centerback a having 4th vet make the squad would not be a surprise. But he's also an older player (32) who is on the down swing.

Trafford played with Neagle in college and over in Finland. The 26 year old is a fringe Canadian international who is currently available on a free. He's a back that both plays centrally and out left, but both are in a defensive role. He played for the Whitecaps back in '08 & '09. He's been off the Canadian MNT radar until just this past winter.

Reports out of Brazil indicate that Leo Lelis and John/Joao Cleriston are going on trial with the Sounders. The intent is stated that the two youth players for Fluminese may be loaned to the MLS side. Lelis was recently scouted as raw with plenty of core talent and athletic ability. Cleriston is a midfielder, predominately central it seems from his video. Both would be flyers on the lines of the young Hondurans that were on trial last year. There is also a chance that the reports of this happening are premature as was the case Crisanto and Velasquez Colon earlier in the offseason.

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