This isn't the big name signing that Seattle Sounders fans have been hoping for, but it sure looks like they are close to signing Trinidad & Tobago teenager Cordell Cato, a forward/midfielder who has played for his country's U-20 team. The Trinidad Express says the deal is basically done, but Sounders GM Adrian Hanauer was more cautious when asked for comment.
"He’s a player that we like, but nothing official," he wrote to Sounder at Heart in an email that could have been ripped straight off @FakeAdrianH's Twitter feed.
Reading through the code a little, I think we can safely say the Sounders are at least close to signing Cato. We know the Sounders had Cato in for a trial last year (in fact, Sounder at Heart reported on it) and that they liked what they saw. He's young (19) and that appears to be something else the Sounders are looking for.
Aside from all that, there's really not much to say about this kid. There's really nothing out in the interwebs that can give us any sense of how good (or bad) this signing may be, but it's probably a low-risk gamble with a potential for some upside. Assuming it's true, the Sounders should still have at least four open roster spots and nearly a month before the season starts.