It looks like the Seattle Sounders are officially in the market for a new backup right back.
FC Cincinnati effectively ensured that Saad Abdul-Salaam won’t return to the Sounders after selecting him in Stage 2 of the MLS Re-Entry Draft. The Sounders had previously declined Abdul-Salaam’s contract option — presumably a significant increase over the $70,250 league minimum he was reportedly paid last year. Cincinnati will have the option of negotiating a new deal with Abdul-Salaam and will retain his MLS rights as long as they extend a “bonafide” offer. Toronto FC’s selection of Juan Agudelo was the only other pick during the draft.
Abdul-Salaam was a late addition to the Sounders roster in 2019 after winning a spot with the team during a preseason trial, effectively replacing Jordan McCrary. Although he had only played right back throughout his MLS career, the Sounders were able to utilize him across the backline. Abdul-Salaam made three of his 11 starts as a centerback and one as a left back. His most notable moment came in the Sounders’ late win over the Columbus Crew when his long-throw helped set up Nicolas Lodeiro’s game-winner.
Xavier Arreaga remains the only centerback the Sounders have under contract.