There will be quite a few new faces at Seattle Sounders training camp today, but one of them won't be Steffen Hagen. It would appear that the Sounders have called off their rumored pursuit of the Norwegian defender although they may try again in the summer, according to a reporter with Telemarksavisa.
The Tippeligaen season follows a very similar calendar as MLS, going from March until November.
While the center back was widely reported as having interest in joining the Sounders, he had at least a year left on his contract with Odd and would have required a transfer fee. Estimates suggested that it would have cost somewhere between $250,000-$450,000. Combined with a salary of somewhere between $150,000-$250,000 a year, Hagen would not have been cheap. At least one report suggested the two sides simply couldn't agree on a fair price.
Given that the Sounders have picked up a trio of center back in the last couple weeks, this news is hardly surprising. Newly acquired Jalil Anibaba will likely be competing with Djimi Traore for the opportunity to start alongside Chad Marshall. The Sounders also used their top two picks in the SuperDraft on center backs, picking Damion Lowe No. 8 and Jimmy Ockford No. 21.