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Estrada Signs with Sounders - What is Impact on Remaining Trialists

This according to Goff at the Wa Post.

Forward David Estrada, Seattle's first-round draft pick from UCLA, has signed with the Sounders.

And so now the roster is starting to get full without players getting cut to make room. Here's the current training list with only the guys under contract listed

Goalkeepers (3): Terry Boss, Chris Eylander, Kasey Keller
Defenders (8): Taylor Graham, Leo Gonzalez, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Patrick Ianni, Tyrone Marshall, James Riley, Zach Scott, Nathan Sturgis
Midfielders (6): Osvaldo Alonso, Brad Evans, Stephen King, Freddie Ljungberg, Sanna Nyassi, Peter Vagenas
Forwards (5): David Estrada, Nate Jaqua, Roger Levesque, Fredy Montero, Steve Zakuani.

Players there are classified by the team as reported to MLS (eg Zakuani as Forward). Now you long time MLS fans will note that only Nyassi is sure to be a Developmental Player (if that still exists in the new CBA), and it is possible that Estrada is as well.

That's 22 of 24 slots filled.  I have heard no reports yet of Tyson Wahl being resigned yet (he was a Free at the end of year). So things are getting a bit dicey for the remaining trialists and Wahl. Either 1 senior and 1 developmental or 2 developmental slots are all that are open. For more than two on the following list to make the squad they are going to have to bump a Senior player from last year.

Keeper: Patrick Lane
Defender: Lamar Neagle, Tyson Wahl (Senior only), Jamel Wallace
Midfielder: Mike Fucito, Josh Gardner (Senior only), Jakob Yakir Lusky, Michael Seamon
Forwards: Tye Predido, Jarrod Smith (Senior only)

Now with Seamon and Predido going back to school that does mean that the other guys get a slightly larger window of opportunity. February 15th we will probably see a set of cut-downs, as that is the day before they fly to Spain.

Of course I'm assuming a 24 man roster with the 20+4 format of last year. That could change, or player could get a long-term injury forcing them on the Injured List (max 4 players) for the first six matches allowing another player to make the roster.

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