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Depth Chart and the Second Team

One of the notable things from Jeremiah's post earlier today is that the Sounders are likely to trade or waive a player soon. In light of that let's look at how the current depth chart looks, and then we'll look at how an ideal First Team and Second Team could be run out in League play at full health.

As I've done before on this website, I'm going to list the top four players in each role of Sigi's system. With Ljungberg's status quite uncertain I'm going to leave him out for now.

Target Forward - Blaise Nkufo, Nate Jaqua, Pat Noonan, Mike Fucito
Withdrawn Forward - Fredy Montero, Roger Levesque, David Estrada, Miguel Montano
Left Wing - Steve Zakuani, Fucito, Sanna Nyassi, Montano
Right Wing - Montano, Nyassi, Estrada, Levesque
Center Mid - Alvaro Fernandez, Brad Evans, Michael Seamon, Osvaldo Alonso
Defensive Mid - Alonso,  Patrick Ianni, Peter Vagenas, Sturgis
Left Back - Leo Gonzalez, Tyson Wahl, Zach Scott, Patrick Ianni
Centerback - Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Jeff Parke, Ianni, Tyronne Marshall, Taylor Graham
Right Back - Riley, Scott, Wahl, Evans
Keeper - Kasey Keller, Terry Boss

Another way to look at this would be to look at the squad as a First Team and a Second Team.

Since Hurtado is injured for a longer period of time I won't include him, but the more lightly injured players I will include, as the decision to cut or trade should be made based on the longterm state of the club.

First Team
Zakuani Fernandez Montano
Gonzalez Alonso Riley
Parke Ianni
Second Team
Fucito Evans Estrada
Wahl Marshall Graham Scott
Extras: Sturgis Noonan Nyassi Seamon
Unknown: Ljungberg
Injured: Hurtado

This should give you an image of who may be on the cut list, if that's the direction the team chooses to go. But what else we see is that the Second Team, particularly up the spine, has several players who are capable MLS starters, some of whom may have trade value.

In the past few weeks the team has bumped Tyrone Marshall, Nate Jaqua and Brad Evans to non-starting roles. The health of the team has pushed players like Nate Sturgis, Peter Vagenas and Pat Noonan into roles of depth.

While some could quibble about who is placed where, the fact is that a healthy team of Rave Green is quite talented, and in recent weeks, quite good. It is a team that is positioned to move a talent or two via trade, and this time hopefully they do it for some allocation dollars, or a first-round pick.

Adrian has some options, but the League also knows that Seattle needs the roster space.

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