UPDATE: A Sounders spokesperson just released this statement, "We are in advanced negotiations with Christian Tiffert. We will announce a signing when it becomes official."
Christian Tiffert has signed with the Seattle Sounders, according to just about every news outlet in Germany, including the Kaiserslautern website and his agent. The news was apparently announced at Kaiserslautern's preseason press conference and the indication seemed to be that no transfer fee was required and that it was a three-year deal.
Richard Motzkin, whose agency represents Tiffert, called him a Designated Player, which all but ends hopes that somehow the Sounders figured out to make the signing without losing someone else.
As reported in Germany, pleased to confirm that the latest @wmgllc "Designated Player" signing in @MLS is Christian Tiffert to @SoundersFC .— Richard Motzkin (@RichardMotzkin) July 27, 2012
With Tiffert's signing all but official, it's probably a good time to figure out how he may fit into the team. The expectation would be that he would take over the role currently filled by Brad Evans and Andy Rose as the more attack-minded central midfielder. Tiffert could also play on one of the wings, depending on who is headed out.
We have requested comment from the Sounders and will update as soon as we get one.