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Sounders hopeful Onyekachi Apam can play role in 2014

It may be a couple weeks before Onyekachi Apam can make his first-team debut.


After signing former Nigerian international Onyekachi Apam effectively sight unseen, the Seattle Sounders revealed on Monday that their newest defender will likely join the team over the weekend when they return home from their longest road trip of the season.

Apam is apparently undergoing a physical with the hope of being cleared immediately, probably won't be suiting up with the first team any time soon, but still might play a role this year.

"I think he has his appointment today, so I haven't heard the results yet, but that should be out pretty quickly," Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid told reporters following Monday's training session. "We'll figure it out how it works. We've got a reserve game in Colorado as well, so we've got one more reserve game that comes up pretty early for him, so I'm sure we're going to get him some time and an opportunity."

Assuming Apam doesn't play with the first team against the Rapids on Oct. 5, that leaves just three more matches until the playoffs: a home match against the Vancouver Whitecaps and a home-and-home with the LA Galaxy to finish the season. Expecting Apam to be any kind of defensive savior this season is probably overshooting by a large degree, but the Sounders seem to think the signing could pay some immediate dividends.

"He's got pace, which is one of the things that we're looking for a little bit," Schmid said. "He's a player we're looking forward to and can maybe be a guy who can provide some good minutes for us down the stretch."

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