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At first glance the Sounders seem poised for a lot of turnover this offseason, but that may not be the case.

Farewell, sweet prince.
Mike Russell / Sounder at Heart

As of Wednesday, the Seattle Sounders have just 18 players under contract, suggesting this could be an offseason with significant change. But the overall sentiment from the press conference featuring Garth Lagerwey and Brian Schmetzer was that they both expect to have a team that looks an awful like the one that just won MLS Cup when they start their Concacaf Champions League campaign next February.

Among the current out-of-contract players who could end up back on the team are midfielder Harry Shipp and centerbacks Román Torres and Kim Kee-hee. That would still leave plenty of room for change, but it would also return the vast majority of Seattle’s significant contributors.

On the other hand, it sounds like Victor Rodriguez and Brad Smith are almost certainly leaving, at least for now.

Jeremiah, Miki and Ari were all at the press conference and give their impressions of what went down on the latest Sounder at Heart podcast.

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