Sounders may have competition for Roberto Chen's services

Otto Greule Jr

Sounders coach Sigi Schmid, as well as a report out of Panama, suggest a deal might not be as close to finalized as initially believed.

You might want to hold off on buying that Roberto Chen jersey. Although San Francisco's president recently suggested a loan to the Seattle Sounders was basically finished, the latest signs are that the situation is a bit more complicated.

First there was this report out of Panama that said Chen was weighing offers from Mexico, as well as from the Sounders. Apparently, Chen's play in the Gold Cup has garnered some added attention and teams in Mexico are unsurprisingly willing to spend a bit more than the Sounders are.

That would seem to support statements made by Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid who told KJR, "I'm not sure if that's something that is going to work out near term or more long term." Schmid did re-assert that Chen was a player they "had their eye on for awhile" and made it clear that they liked the 19-year-old Panamanian defender, but the already squeezed salary-cap got a little tighter when the team had to make the emergency signing of Andrew Weber.

I'd have to think there's still some room to do something, but it's obviously possible that the Sounders simply feel as though they have bigger needs than getting into a bidding war over Chen.

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