Earlier this week, we reported that Nelson Valdez — a Bundesliga veteran and Paraguay national team regular — was on his way to the Sounders. Since then, Valdez has landed in Seattle, where he was greeted by Sounders President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey.
Seattle Times reporter Matt Pentz notes that the Sounders will announce a new Designated Player signing tomorrow. We have every reason to believe that player is Valdez.
The Sounders will be announcing a new Designated Player signing tomorrow morning. Specifics still being ironed out— Matt Pentz (@mattpentz) August 7, 2015
While the DP title for Valdez might surprise some, the versatile player brings a long list of accomplishments to the Sounders. He can play out wide and provides depth at forward, and plays extremely well in the air. While Valdez is not known for being a goal scorer, he has found the back of the net at crucial times — scoring five goals in the 2010 World Cup qualifiers; earning a brace in his first match with La Liga side Hercules (against FC Barcelona); and scoring a great goal against Argentina in this year's Copa America.
If Valdez is, indeed, signed as a Designed Player, the Sounders would need to use their Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) to buy down Ozzie Alonso's contract. It sounds like those details are still being worked out with the club.
While the Valdez signing is virtually confirmed, the Roman Torres rumor remains a possibility. Papers in Panama have reported a Torres-to-Seattle deal, and he wasn't in the Millonarios lineup today, despite training with the team earlier this week. The 29-year-old Panamanian defender had a strong showing in the CONCACAF Gold Cup this year, earning a spot on the Gold Cup Best XI.
With Valdez and Andreas Ivanschitz signing, the Sounders do not currently have an open roster spot to sign Torres and would need to make some adjustments in order to bring Torres to Seattle. However things shake up, the Sounders were certainly busy during this summer transfer window.