Not that there was much mystery at this point, but the Seattle Sounders officially acknowledged that Panamanian center back Roberto Chen has been on trial for the past week or so and that he left the team to get ready for the Gold Cup.
The Sounders also said they had been watching Chen's progress ever since they first saw him as a 17-year-old starting for San Francisco in CONCACAF Champions League.
"I think he's done well since he's been here in training," Schmid told reporters on Monday. "We'll have to see how it goes from there.
"We've had an eye on him. We liked him when he was at his age. He did his ACL between then and now, so he had to recover from there. In the interim we've been waiting for him to heal and trying to get him back up here so we could get a look at him. It was good to get him up here and get to know him."
Word out of Panama is that the Sounders are intrigued enough to look into signing the 19-year-old, and are now attempting to negotiate a fee.
Según informacón obtenida por @rpctvpanama el DT del Sounders quiere contar con Chen. Ahora depende de las negociaciones de los equipos.— Edgardo Vidal (@EVidal1507) July 2, 2013
Although no one was saying this, it would be reasonable to assume that Ashani Fairclough was made expendable by Chen, who is a little younger and more experienced.