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Sounders have Reserve Roster Spot open

With Seyi Adekoya signing in Denmark Seattle can sign another player.

Seyi Adekoya earned a contract with Vendsyssel FF in Denmark’s SuperLiga. The former HGP forward joins a squad that was promoted from the First Division after finishing third last season. This means that Adekoya is no longer on the books with the Seattle Sounders.

Adekoya was occupying a Reserve Roster Spot. Per the published version of the roster rules and regulations this spot has age limitations.

  • Players occupying roster slots 25-28 may be filled with players earning either (i) the Reserve Minimum Salary (US$54,500 in 2018) or (ii) Homegrown Players earning more than the Reserve Minimum Salary subject to the Homegrown Player Subsidy.
  • Reserve Minimum Salary Players must be 24 years or younger during the League Year (age of player is determined by year - not date - of birth).
  • These slots may not be filled with Senior Minimum Salary Players or Generation adidas Players.
  • All players in slots 25-28 must be paid a base salary that is at least the Reserve Minimum Salary (US$54,500).

The current players on the Reserve Roster are draftee Alex Roldan, former S2 player Nouhou, and Homegrown Players Henry Wingo, Handwalla Bwana and Felix Chenkam.

Filling this slot at this point in the season almost certainly limits the signing opportunities to HGPs or S2 guys.

Players that make the most sense are:

Trey Muse, keeper, University of Indiana - He is pondering opportunities overseas or returning to Indy to chase an NCAA title. Maybe an HGP deal means that the organization can hold onto him.

Sam Rogers, centerback, S2 - Rogers just returned from illness and may not be quite the best defender on that squad (Ele is quite good too), but is an extraordinary passer with soft feet.

Nick Hinds, left winger/left back, S2 - If Seattle wants to add speed there is little they could do that would match Hinds. But, he’s a pure speed guy with a cross that struggles and who can lose focus defensively.

Shandon Hopeau, right winger, S2 - Hopeau also offers speed, a bit less than Hinds. He is better with the ball at his feet. He’s best when cutting in at the elbow.

Ray Saari, holding midfielder, S2 - Currently recovering from a hamstring injury, Saari is a strong passer at the USL level with good dribbling skills. He uses his small body well and has a winner’s mentality, willing to give his body for everything.

David Olsen, forward/CAM, S2 - Olsen’s development has stalled. He’s an S2 version of Dempsey, including the down season. But, the ball does amazing things when near him.

It’s less likely they look outside the organization for this level of player at this time of year, but of course anything is possible. It should not be expected that the team will sign someone to contribute regularly right now with this spot.

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