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Former Spain international training with Sounders

Diego Capel was once a promising youth international, but has been without a team since August.

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There was a new face at Seattle Sounders training on Thursday: former Spain international Diego Capel. Sounder at Heart was able to confirm the 30-year-old’s identity, but it was less clear how seriously the Sounders are considering the possibility of signing him or if he’s even on their Discovery List.

Although the Sounders have publicly stated a desire to add attacking talent, Capel doesn’t quite fit the profile of the type of player they’re likely pursuing. Capel is a bit older and more of a midfielder than a forward, but he is pacy and has a resume that includes about 350 first-team appearances for top flight teams in Europe. He also has more than 60 appearances for various youth national teams and two senior national team caps with Spain after coming up through Sevilla’s system and spending eight years there. Most recently, Capel was with Belgian giant Anderlecht, where he had two goals and five assists in 25 appearances. He has been out of contract since August.

Capel would likely require a TAM contract as he reportedly turned down a very lucrative offer to play for Notts County in League Two, which is surely another factor the Sounders would need to consider.

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