At this point, there's really no doubt that the Seattle Sounders are looking to make some additions. GM Garth Lagerwey has confirmed as much and Sporting Director Chris Henderson has been leaving clues all over Twitter, snapping pictures of stadiums he's visited in Argentina and Chile.
Now, it looks like we have at least one name he was likely looking at: Jeisson Vargas. While that probably isn't someone the average soccer fan is going to recognize -- unless you're a rather rabid follower of Chile's Primera Divsion -- this is a name that should definitely pique your interest.
A quick rundown: Vargas has eight goals and seven assists in just 20 appearances in 2015/16 for Universidad Catolica (currently second in the Primera Division); has been called into Chile's senior national team for World Cup qualifying (although he hasn't yet played for them); is still just 18 (meaning he'd count just $150,000 against the salary cap NO MATTER WHAT the Sounders paid for him as he'd qualify as a Youth DP); and has scored goals that will make your head explode (take particular note of the first one):
If you just watched that video and are now thinking to yourself "Why isn't some bigger club after him?" I have some unfortunate news: They are, supposedly. The same article that links Vargas to the Sounders also mentions that he's getting interest from Germany's Dortmund, Belgium's Anderlecht and Italy's Udinese. So it's probably a little early to get too excited about him.
But ... he's still worth getting kinda excited about.
Vargas looks to be very much an attacking player, seeing time on both wings and as a creative force in the middle. In other words, he's the kind of player the Sounders' attack could probably use. He's fast, hits what scouts often refer to as a "heavy ball" -- meaning it dips and dives -- and generally just looks like a ton of fun to watch play soccer.
It's also worth noting that neither Anderlecht and Udinese have reputations as big spending clubs. It's possible the Sounders could actually outspend them if they really wanted to (although outspending Dortmund would be tougher).
In the meantime, just sit back and enjoy that video again.