One of the stickiest rumors we’ve had this offseason is that the Seattle Sounders are pursuing Colombian midfielder Andres Felipe Roa. The 24-year-old is apparently looking for a way out of Deportivo Cali and the Sounders were reportedly interested. The rumors have been swirling around for a few weeks now, with our very own Niko Moreno doing a lot of the reporting.
As recently as today, there was this report at the FutbolTimes.com that said of all the offers Roa has, the Sounders’ one is the most attractive.
Roa is a somewhat intriguing target, having turned in strong campaigns in 2015 and 2016 before falling off a bit last year when he scored just one goal in about 2,100 league minutes. He’s considered mostly a central attacking midfielder, who can potentially shift out wide, similar to Nicolas Lodeiro and Victor Rodriguez. He does have a couple Colombian national team caps and was on their roster for the Copa America Centenario, but did not play.
But best I can tell, there’s not much to this rumor. For one, some of the recent reports have suggested he’s going to go on loan to Tigres of Liga MX. I’m also not sure the Sounders were ever seriously pursuing him, as a Sounders source indicated there wasn’t much to these rumors (although it’s entirely possible they were looking at him at some point). Finally, he’d also take up the Sounders’ final international roster spot, which would be a curious decision since he doesn’t appear to be the TAM-level signing they’re surely planning to make at some point this year.
While there could be something to the Roa rumor, Garth Lagerwey has recently suggested he’s in no rush to get someone signed immediately, and this simply does not look like a player he’s about to bring in.