Current Saprissa and Costa Rican right sided player Heiner Mora-to-the Seattle Sounders rumors are shifting from "just another rumor" to "hey that sounds legit" based on his latest interview with al Dia. Both he and the President of Saprissa are quoted in the story as saying that an offer is on the table. Now, there have been a handful of players who have been quoted as signed with the Sounders that never donned the Rave Green, so this isn't a certainty.
Mora is a player who is not a pure right back. He has plenty of time as a right midfielder, center mid and even a bit as a left mid with the Ticos. Recent play with the national team is as a supersub. It should also be pointed out that Saprissa recently acquired the player and he is part of their future plans according to the al Dia story.
A player with so much non-right back experience may seem like an odd get for a team that had some defensive issues in 2011, but Seattle is clearly going to an even greater possession based attack. With more passing out of the back the Sounders offense could be very fluid, exciting and yet risky. When it goes wrong, it will be ugly. When it goes right it is the beautiful game, tika-taka, 14-passes-to-a-goal type of stuff. In ways, Seattle may be playing a 2-3-1-4 next year. Sometimes the best defense is keeping the ball off their feet.