Seattle Sounders FC filled out their 28-man MLS roster today with the official signings of draftees Oneil Fisher and Charlie Lyon. The two youngsters should see most of their playing time with Sounders 2, as that's where they've been scrimmaging lately.With the injury to Tyrone Mears and Seattle's lack of natural right backs, Fisher could snag a few starts with the first team.
GM Lagerwey says injury to Mears doesn't seem "that serious" although tear confirmed and missed time expected.— Don Ruiz (@donruiztnt) March 17, 2015
Fisher is a slight, speedy right back out of University of New Mexico. Seattle took him 40th in the draft. He spent almost the entire preseason with Sounders FC, only training and playing with S2 this past week. Fisher earned appearances with Jamaica's U20 team and may wind up joining Lowe as Jamaica tries to qualify for the 2016 Olympics.
Since Mears will miss the Xolos friendly and maybe more matches Sigi will need to balance Fisher's explosive speed against his lack of pro experience. If the choice is to go elsewhere the options are Evans, Scott, Azira and Remick.
Lyon is a the club's third keeper. Drafted out of Marquette the 6'2" Biomedical Sciences major set a school record for goals against average at 0.833 and is second in the Golden Eagles history with a save percentage at 81.1%. He joined S2 late in preseason and started the last few matches of the preseason.
Sounders currently meet the 2015 roster limit of 28 players and would have to trade, transfer or cut a player in order to make another first team signing while the transfer window is open. The MLS Primary Window closes in early May.