TUKWILA, Wash. — After his identity was discovered rather quickly, the Seattle Sounders have now openly acknowledged that former Spain international player Diego Capel has been training with the team since last week.
The 30-year-old midfielder could provide some technical ability and veteran savvy to a position that has been racked with injuries early in the season. He would also provide the Sounders an option of using more of an out-and-out winger than they currently have available.
“Good, clean player,” Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer told media on Tuesday when asked about Capel. “Good passing, good vision. He’s a very experienced player.”
As you might expect for a player who’s been without a team since last August, though, fitness is a concern. In fact, Capel missed Wednesday’s session with a hamstring injury, casting at least some doubt on his potential signing.
Sounders Sporting Director Chris Henderson confirmed the team is still in discussions with Capel, but also implied Seattle has its eyes on a bigger target that’s more likely to arrive in the summer than before the close of the current transfer window on May 1.
“We’re right in the thick of it,” Henderson said when asked about trying to sign a new Designated Player. “We’re going to get the scouts together to look at the guys [this week], discuss them. A lot of it is ongoing, but the negotiations have evolved and we’re narrowing things down. The window is still open, and then we’ll also look at targets. There may be some guys in the World Cup who are waiting to see what they want to do.
“There’s a possibility of our group of guys, some of them are able to come [now]. Realistically, it may be in the summer window.”