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Ex-Ajax FB George Ogararu Joins Sounders On Trial

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George Ogararu of Sion in action during the Swiss Super League in 2011. (Photo by Sebastien Feval/EuroFootball/Getty Images)
George Ogararu of Sion in action during the Swiss Super League in 2011. (Photo by Sebastien Feval/EuroFootball/Getty Images)

In what promised to be the Eidur Gudjohnsen showcase, another player with European pedigree entered the Seattle Sounders' roster picture. Romania international George Ogararu, 32, played right fullback in the second half of Sunday's 4-2 Reserve League win over Chivas USA and apparently could sign with the Sounders if all goes well.

Ogararu spent the last couple years with Switzerland's Sion, but was mostly used on Sion's reserve team last year. As recently as 2010-11, though, he started 25 games and scored a pair of goals. Ogararu told reporters after the reserve game that he's been friends with Mauro Rosales since their days at Ajax together and that the Argentinian played a large part in his checking out Seattle.

"I was thinking about [MLS] and after I spoke with Mauro ... I just said, 'OK, it will be a good, nice experience,' and we'll see how it goes," Ogararu was quoted as saying in the Seattle Times.

Ogararu has made 11 appearances with Romania's national team, most recently in 2009 when he appeared in World Cup and European Championship qualifiers.

Like Gudjohnsen, it's unlikely that the Sounders would be expecting Ogararu to provide much more than depth in the immediate future. In Ogararu's case, he could come in handy as the Sounders have been reluctant to use Adam Johansson more than once per week and Zach Scott is not as effective in possession game.

The Sounders have until Sept. 15 to finalize any deals, as that's when MLS rosters freeze.