Today, at 10 PM, the Summer Transfer Window closes. While teams can still add a player that is a free as of the closing of the window (this includes amateurs), there can be no additional transfers, loans or even trades within Major League Soccer.
Fire sales are not common within MLS, but if a team were to try and move their older players to free time for a youth movement this is that time. They could also try to sell their under-performers abroad, though that has the standard difficulties of matching the buying team’s transfer window (these vary).
Seattle Sounders could be looking to move talent. Players over the age of 30 that aren’t likely part of the next championship window include Ivanschitz, Mears and Valdez. None have great value within the league due to other teams’ strengths at their positions, age and performance. But a mid-round draft pick and freed up salary could be a benefit to Seattle.
They could also look to bolster the team that is desperate for points in 2016 and for talent that helps for a couple of years.
As for the final week of the transfer window? Lagerwey wasn’t as dismissive as expected. "Don’t rule anything out, particularly within the league." He said that opportunities pop up out of nowhere within MLS, and that the club’s roster and cap flexibility would allow for more deals to be done if the right one came along. But Lagerwey stressed that signing Lodeiro and Fernandez were the "major acquisitions" of this window.
The biggest news of deadline day, so far, is that the Philadelphia Union added Alejandro Bedoya.
Other moves within the final week of the deadline;
- Igboananike to DC from Chicago
- Dallas signed former Timber Paparatto on a free
- Houston grabbed Arboleda on loan from Indepente Sante Fe
- Red Bull signed Royer from FC Midtjylland
- Timbers signed Taylor and Arokoyo
- Barnes moved from Houston to Vancouver
Seattle signed Lodeiro and Fernandez last week, so they are clearly one of the players in the window.
This is your deadline day open thread.