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You’ve just been promoted to GM for the Seattle Sounders

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In the middle of the offseason, Sounders GM has asked you, yes you, for help with his signings. What do you suggest?

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Let’s face it: we’re full on in the middle of the offseason, the transfer season, the silly season and the Seattle Sounders haven’t made a move (except for signing Waylon Francis and Handwalla Bwana). What’s the deal? Everybody being signing everybody, except us. So, let’s change that.

Now, first thing’s first, obviously Seattle still has a pretty lit starting XI. Some of the players are on the wrong side of 30, but they’ve still got a good year or two left. We’ve got some nice younger pieces to the pie, and when you combine these young studs with these old dudes, we’ve got a solid team, even without any additions. So does that mean we should stand still during the middle of the transfer season?

Well, that’s where you come in. You’ve now been handed the keys and the checkbook. Garth Lagerwey needs your help and by golly, you’re gonna help him make these crucial decisions that will not only shape the Sounders’ 2018 season but also their future. Do you build for one last push for MLS Cup glory and focus on a reload? Do you rid yourself of anybody born prior to 1987 and retool on youth? I dunno, I’m not the General Manager of the Sounders, you are.

You’ve got an influx of TAM. You’ve got a potential DP spot if you wanna buy down the cap hit of Osvaldo Alonso, if you don’t just want to trade or sell him outright. You’ve got a handful of potential Homegrown Players you could sign to their first professional contract. You’ve got trades you could make, free agents to sign, players to release. So many options.

So, now that you’re the person in charge, what are you going to do?

Current roster:

  • Seyi Adekoya - Forward - Homegrown Player
  • Tony Alfaro - Defender
  • Osvaldo Alonso - Midfielder - Designated Player
  • Will Bruin - Forward
  • Jordy Delem - Midfielder - International
  • Clint Dempsey - Forward - Designated Player
  • Oniel Fisher - Defender
  • Waylon Francis - Defender
  • Stefan Frei - Goalkeeper
  • Aaron Kovar - Midfielder - Homegrown Player
  • Kelvin Leerdam - Defender - International
  • Nicolas Lodeiro - Midfielder - Designated Player - International
  • Chad Marshall - Defender
  • Zach Mathers - Midfielder
  • Bryan Meredith - Goalkeeper
  • Jordan Morris - Forward - Homegrown Player
  • Víctor Rodríguez - Midfielder - International
  • Cristian Roldan - Midfielder
  • Harry Shipp - Midfielder
  • Gustav Svensson - Midfielder - International
  • Nouhou Tolo - Defender - International
  • Roman Torres - Defender - International
  • Henry Wingo - Midfielder - Homegrown Player

Current Free Agents:

Brad Evans - Formidfender

Lamar Neagle - Forward