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Chenkam, Estrada, and Olsen offer forward depth. It’s not enough to rescue the season, but it can help.

David Olsen dribbles against some schmuckle keeper for T2
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With the transfer window closed there are only a handful of ways that Seattle Sounders can add talent until July 10. They can sign a player who was not under contract as of May 1 at 8:59 p.m. Pacific; they can sign a Homegrown Player; they can sign someone from other American soccer divisions, including from S2.

Down in S2 there is some young talent that might be able to help out. They will not save a season. They can help weather the storm as President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey looks for his DP and secondary signing in July or August.

Felix Chenkam

The 19-year-old hold-up forward is tied for the team lead with three goals. His future is as a classic target type, with a touch of speed. He can offer that speed now. Chenkam’s use as a pivot is still under development as he continues to learn English. Ideally he will be a forward who a midfielder can ping the ball off of in a 1-2 that results in a shot.

For now he’s raw, counting on physical skills more than tactical awareness. His off-ball techniques are getting better. He may be best with long minutes as he wears down defenders with his size and contact.

Felix has 408 minutes in five starts and one sub appearance.

David Estrada

The energetic former MLS player also has three goals. Like Chenkam he has three chances created. At this point Estrada is usually used as a sub, providing energy and leadership off the bench with 339 minutes in three starts and four sub appearances. He is tied for the team lead in appearances with seven.

Estrada has extraordinary energy. He never gives up on a play and his bulldog attitude netted him two of his goals. David embodies the spirit of other Sounders legends. Wearing the 74 he is part Zach Scott and part Roger Levesque, and all St. Hattricks Day.

In MLS he would be a late sub that doesn’t offer much in the way of hold-up, basically taking a similar role to Neagle.

David Olsen

S2 generally plays Olsen in the Dempsey role. He is half midfielder and half forward. Playing in that hole he’s scored a goal, assisted another and nabbed five chances created in five appearances (427 minutes). He can take a bit of time to get into his groove, but when he does he is the most technical player on the team. He tries ish.

David interacts well with speedy wingers (particularly Nick Hinds) and can ping the ball off of Chenkam as well. He may play a bit too unconventionally, but recently has strengthened his efforts and defense. He’s also known as the most tactically astute of S2 players, regularly coaching others on the runs they are supposed to make. At 22 he is a seasoned vet for S2.

If he were to get the MLS call he would be in an interesting position as the role he’s best at is one that is reserved for Dempsey, Lodeiro and now sometimes C.Roldan. But with 10-15 minutes he’s the most likely of the three to score.

Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez

He’s 16. While he might eventually earn an MLS deal signing him now would be a poor move for a team that wants to challenge for MLS Cup again. Set him aside as someone to watch as he gets more playing time. AO-C has yet to get a minute of league time.

Other ‘forwards’

Nick Hinds, Shandon Hopeau, Azriel Gonzalez and Ray Serrano all play in forward(ish) roles, but are really wingers. Hinds and Hopeau offer speed. Hinds can also fill in at left back. Gonzalez and Serrano are still in high school. Both are technical players that score a ton at the Academy level but aren’t showing it in the pros, yet.