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Report: Martinique striker Kevin Parsemain to join Sounders

25-year-old striker Kévin Parsemain is headed to Seattle, according to a report from radio station RCI Martinique

The last time we saw Parsemain in the US, he was scoring against Mexico
The last time we saw Parsemain in the US, he was scoring against Mexico
Justin Edmonds

In a move that would further bolster the Sounders attack, Martinique striker and attacking midfielder Kévin Parsemain is reportedly headed to Seattle. It is currently unclear if he's here for a trial with the team, similar to Panama's Omar Browne, or if he's joining the Sounders on a loan/permanent transfer deal. Given Seattle's depth at his position, it's more likely that this is just a trial for now.

Parsemain can play as a center forward, a second striker or an attacking midfielder. He also played two of Martinique's three matches in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup as a CAM.

After starting his pro career in the 2005-06 season with Club Franciscain of Martinique's top flight Championnat National, Parsemain joined then Ligue 1 side Le Mans FC in 2006 and played for its reserve team in France's fourth division for 2 1/2 seasons before moving to then third-division side Evian TG in the winter transfer window of 2009. Parsemain moved back to Martinique after the conclusion of the 2008-09 season, joining Racing Club Rivière-Pilote, where he has remained until now.

In his three seasons in France, Parsemain scored 3 goals in 38 appearances. His club statistics in Martinique are much more difficult to track down, but he did lead the league in scoring in the 2010/11 season with 20 goals in 24 appearances. According to his club's website, he has 2 goals in 990 minutes over 11 appearances this season. He has also won 3 league titles and 2 domestic cups in his 5 full seasons in Martinique.

Parsemain has 33 caps for Martinique's national team, for whom he has scored 22 international goals. He helped Martinique qualify for the CONCACAF Gold Cup for the first time in 10 years with his performance at the 2012 Caribbean Cup, leading Martinique to a fourth-place finish behind a tournament best total of 13 goals in 11 matches between the tournament proper and qualification.

At the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Parsemain was one of the bright spots on Martinique side that nearly progressed the the knockout stage of the tournament for the second time in the team's history. He converted a penalty against Mexico before halftime in the final match of the group stage that cut Mexico's lead in half just before halftime. He played well enough to be included in American Soccer Now's "Top 10 Gold Cup Breakouts", just below Roberto Chen.

In order to get a little bit of an idea of what Parsemain can do, here are three YouTube videos of him in action at the Gold Cup and the 2012 Caribbean Cup:

2013 Gold Cup

2012 Caribbean Cup: Martinique vs. Montserrat

2012 Caribbean Cup: Martinique vs. Suriname

Watch for sightings of Sounders draft pick Stefano Rijssel as a forward for Suriname in this clip

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