Did you know that in every single season since 2011 at least one “Once a Sounder” has become a Seattle Sounders player again? It’s a list of players who have helped the club win trophies and who clearly fell in love with the Puget Sound as the Puget Sound fell in love with them.
That list is;
2011: Lamar Neagle
2012: Marcus Hahnemann
2013: Lamar Neagle (again), Andrew Weber
2014: Cam Weaver
2015: Erik Friberg
2016: Nathan Sturgis, Alvaro Fernandez, Herculez Gomez
2017: Bryan Meredith, Lamar Neagle (again-again)
Who will be the next Sounder to be a Sounder again?
This poll is closed
Andy Rose - the central midfielder is currently in Scotland with Motherwell after spending a season and a half with Coventry City (who I cursed). The club has indicated that they would take him back, at some point. At 27 Rose is in his peak years, but still offers tough defense and great aerial play.
It won’t happen: The Sounders just acquired Calum Mallace, who they think has Rose skills.
It will happen: Rose>>>>Mallace
Servando Carrasco - another central midfielder, if more defensive. The 28-year-old would be depth on this roster. As a rotational player with Orlando City, he may be interested in contending for trophies. Carrasco is a hard tackler who improved his on-ball work since leaving.
It won’t happen: His much more famous wife plays for Orlando’s NWSL team when she isn’t in Europe.
It will happen: Alex Morgan might decide to stay in Europe.
Damion Lowe - with Jamaica, he looked capable of marking the best talents in MLS. He was a stalwart for a good defense with the Loons of the NASL and solid with Tampa in the USL. Lowe is merely 24 and still has time to develop into the centerback they thought he could be.
It won’t happen: the Sounders tend to like older CBs
It will happen: the Sounders could use a young CB capable of marking Jozy Altidore
Kevin Parsemain - the star of preseason and one of the co-holders of the 2017 Gold Cup scoring record, the Martinique forward is completely healthy. He and Jordy Delem still talk about Seattle, including the chance KP77 returns.
It won’t happen: he’s kind of old for a forward at 29
It will happen: he can create goals out of nothing.
Mike Fucito - dude retired. Give it up already.
It won’t happen: see above
It will happen: if Seattle asked he would say yes.
Ugo Okoli - the USL MVP of 2016 is struggling to find a role with New York City. He’s just 24 and a decent backup holdup/target forward who can punish weak defenses. Seattle only has one player that plays that style, so there is space for this type of player.
It won’t happen: Sean/Ugo wanted to make his name outside of the Sound
It will happen: the Sounders could use his talents