With the quality of play from DeAndre Yedlin, the depth offered by multi-position players and a large salary hit Seattle Sounders FC will part ways with Swedish right back Adam Johansson.
Seattle Sounders FC will be parting ways with right back and Swedish National Teamer Adam Johansson so that he can get first team minutes and continue his career. The move will open up cap space as well as relieve some playing time congestion in the midfield. Just prior to the end of practice Liviu Bird tweeted the following;
Source says Adam Johansson hasn't been at Sounders FC training for a week. Yedlin doing well, so team could dump salary for other signings.— Liviu Bird (@liviubird) March 19, 2013
Sigi Schmid was asked about the lack of Johansson at practice. "Johansson's is a situation where we're going to part ways. It's really a salary cap situation primarily. Also with the trade for Shalrie Joseph, and we know that Brad Evans has played some at right back, so that's a consideration that we have moving forward - that Brad would go back there," Schmid said. "It's very important for Adam's career for him to have regular first-team minutes, because he's on the Swedish national team."
Unsaid but understood is that Evans could also compete for time in the wide midfield, forward and anywhere else. Yedlin's surprise start to the season essentially Wally Pipped Johansson, but also provides second guessing of other ways to free up the same salary space through other means (no Joseph trade, keep Tiffert). When those decisions went down the situation was clearly different.
Johansson's salary last season was just under 200,000 dollars and that space and the roster spot could be used on players that are already in training (Lund, Fairclough, Bowen) or to pursue new additions to the squad as the Primary Transfer Window is open into May. Adam Johansson is healthy and if he had been playing likely would have been on the Sweden roster for their World Cup Qualifiers this weekend.