For the past several months MLS teams have looked to bolster their rosters through various convoluted methods. Tonight almost all of those methods close. There are no more drafts planned (waiver drafts may be necessary if teams waive players). There are no more trades (until the secondary transfer window opens).
There are no more international signings until the secondary window is open, July 10 through August 8.
Today is the last chance to get a significant boost for a couple of months. It is important to note that players from within the US/Canada soccer system can still be signed outside of this period, as can any player who was out of contract at the time of the USSF transfer window closing.
Seattle Sounders have the ability to add a Designated Player in this window, or probably something like a player requiring TAM funds this window and a DP in the secondary/summer window.
They have only one international slot open. The have two senior roster spots open and a single reserve roster spot open. They can also open a reserve spot by putting Jordan Morris on the Disabled List.
This late in the window, and with no active rumors, it is rather unlikely Hanauer, Lagerwey & Co. add a significant piece.
Plus, it’s not like late additions tend to be amazing.
With their current record, if the Sounders are going to challenge for a top-two finish in the Western Conference, a bye in the first round of the playoffs, and a chance at hosting MLS Cup, they need a significant addition and/or a rapid improvement in general health.
This is your primary transfer window Deadline Day open thread; join us to discuss rumors and signings around the league today.