Chris Henderson confirmed what just about everyone who follows the Seattle Sounders has been thinking ever since Blaise Nkufo suddenly left the team: They are in the market for a forward. The Sounders technical director talked to reporters at training today (quotes come via Don Ruiz at the Tacoma News Tribune).
"We’re always looking for forwards among other positions. Last night I watched a game, and three games this morning and those players happened to be strikers. I think most teams are looking for someone who can score goals, and that’s the name of the game is to score more goals than the other team. I think we looked at that. We’re looking at other positions, too, but when you’re trying to improve your roster and get things going offensively it’s a position we look at."
There are rumors floating around in cyberspace that Didier Drogba is interested in coming to MLS, but there's absolutely no reason to think he's the guy the Sounders are targeting right now, especially not before the MLS transfer window closes on April 15. More likely, Henderson is looking at players in MLS or in countries like Brazil, Argentina or Mexico. I'd say this is a good sign, as it shows the Sounders are at least aware of the need to add a real goal scorer to this team.
O'Brian White has looked decent as the starter target forward, scoring his first goal on Saturday. But there's no reason to expect him to suddenly turn into a reliable 10-goal scorer. Nate Jaqua would probably be a solid option, but there's no reason to think he stay healthy all year. Mauro Rosales looks promising, but Sigi has already said he's not really interested in pairing him with Fredy Montero (who, by the way, was in a sling today). That basically leaves the Sounders needing to look beyond their current roster if they are going to find a truly reliable scoring forward.