Extra Time Radio has a great interview with Seattle Sounders FC President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey. The MLSSoccer.com crew covered a wide swath of issues facing the club. He addresses the Clint Dempsey situation, (clearly before Thursday's announcement of a second judgement against the forward) how the team will cope without Clint and Obafemi Martins and the quest for a new stadium (there isn't really one). It is must listen radio just for those three things.
The gold comes in the beginning when he teases that the organization is about a week from announcing two player signings. It is most clear that one is Tyler Miller to S2, but it could be a different drafted player.
Another one I can tease for you guys, because we're going to shortly announce a signing of a draft pick that we had. That is going to be an S2 signing. That's not done yet, but hopefully it will be soon.
More exciting is the tease about a new first team player.
It's a player our fans will know, let's put it that way. It is not a DP. That's not the market we're in right now.
He was only clear that it is not a keeper to the 1st team.
We may be able to announce as soon as next week. Obviously that person wouldn't be eligible until July 8th when the window opens, but we have been working on something so we'll see if we can bring it to fruition in the short term.
Lagerwey even goes so far as to say that with that signing the team will have a roster slot and international spot open. To make moves beyond those two teased signings and filling the open space the club would need other moves.
He was also clear that the signing is not phenom Jordan Morris. The Stanford student and United States National Team player is doing well in school, clearly has a future in soccer and enjoys going to college in Palo Alto.
He's really enjoyed his college experience at Stanford. I completely enjoyed going to college too, so I can understand really wanting to go to Stanford. That's part of who he is and the choice he's made. Honestly the other stuff is kind of irrelevant. I hope that Jordan signs with the Sounders at some point. We have a good relationship with the family, and are certainly hopeful that he will choose to do that. Ultimately it is up to Jordan.
The Sounders are short forwards capable of succeeding in MLS play right now. And they will be until Clinfemi take the pitch again after the Gold Cup. President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey is not going to make your Morris dreams come true. He is going to add some talent, and quickly, maybe as soon as next week.
With the MLS transfer window opening on July 8th there is no longer a reason to think that the Sounders are standing pat. They continue to search for talent that will help them make a run at the two major trophies still available while making the knockout rounds of the CONCACAF Champions League.