[UPDATE: Christian Sivebaek has reported that he will be in Denmark on Thursday with a Danish club, meaning that Sivebaek's future with the Sounders likely all but over, though it is unclear whether this is really the Sounders waiving Sivebaek or if they have agreed to a transfer. His tweet is embedded below. -agtk]
Twitter lit up today when it was reported that Christian Sivebaek had been waived by the Sounders. It should be noted that there has been no confirmation on this. Joshua Mayers has reported on Twitter that "the Sounders have no comment, but I didn't see [Sivebaek] at the end of practice" While we wait for confirmation regarding the fate of the big Dane, we can at least analyze the implications of this potential move.
Obviously this shows a lack of faith in the Sivebaek by the coaching staff. But it also shows faith in their other options. While Sivebaek was a pre-season darling, his play early in the season saw Alex Caskey easily surpass him on the depth chart. Further aiding the demise of Sivebaek was the potential flashed by Cordell Cato in the U.S. Open Cup. While neither Caskey nor Cato have set the world afire, it would appear that Sivebaek has done nothing in practice to get a second look either. Considering the amount of hype he had earlier in the season, this is very disappointing.
However, this is not just an indictment of Sivebaek. Obviously the Sounders' recent results have been below their standard. As the Sounders have always shown a willingness to shake things up, even in the middle of a season, it is very likely that this move was made to bring in a new player. Waiving Sivebaek would free up an international roster spot allowing the Sounders to add an additional international player. With MLS's international transfer window opening on June 27, this is just the type of roster move one would expect.
So fire up the rumor mills and let the silly season begin. The transfer window is about to open.
On the rumors that I'm leaving Seattle, I can say that I'm going to Denmark Thursday to go through the medical examination in a Danish club.— Christian Sivebaek (@Sivebaek28) June 20, 2012