With the Summer Transfer Window opening wide for MLS in just two weeks (July 9th) interest is high among the fanbase to see if the Seattle Sounders FC can add a bit more talent to the squad. According to Sporting Director Chris Henderson they are trying to do just that. There are issues about the salary budget/cap, roster limitations and zero open Designated Players spots though.
"I think we go out, and we're always looking, but now as it starts to get closer, we're looking at some specific positions. And we'd have to make some moves in order to do it, so those are conversations we have - whether it's going to be right for the team and right for us to try and make a push to improve the team in the window. It's all timing."
It may take tough maneuvering within the league to open space for a quality player up the spine (where Henderson says the current focus lies), but Sounder at Heart recently learned that Seattle pursued at least one DP level talent to add to the squad this Summer.
Henderson talked about how they saw David Navarro and other Levante players during the Obafemi Martins acquisition saga and that Navarro would do well in the league. Presumably recently linked to MLS, though to no teams, Sergio Ballesteros also fits the mold of someone seen who could succeed.
Kurt Schmid and Henderson both scouted Europe recently (some of those visits were at U20 international tournaments) and Henderson was in South America.
There are many pieces in play, but if the puzzle works out the club may not be as stable as once thought.