As the MLS Transfer Window looms on the horizon (literally--it closes at 10 PM tonight), the Seattle Sounders don't appear to be making any last-minute moves. General Manager Garth Lagerwey told 950 KJR last week that he expects to add "a couple" of big signings, but not until the second MLS transfer window that opens on July 3.
Head coach Sigi Schmid seemingly confirmed the club's intention of waiting until the summer to add new players when he told the media after Wednesday's training session:
The best way I can explain it is if someone gives you $50,000 are you gonna say 'OK, I need to spend this by a certain date'? are you going to make a bad investment and buy a bad car or do a bad home improvement just so you can get it done by that time? Or are you going to sit there and 'say let's make sure we've got all the i's dotted and t's crossed' and make a good investment?
Based on both Largerwey and Schmid's comments, it sounds like the club have some players lined up, but for either financial or contractual reasons, they are going to wait until the Summer. Nearly every other soccer league in the world will end their seasons in May or June, and will most likely have opened their transfer windows by the beginning of July.
Regarding another important summer event for the Sounders, Sigi Schmid appeared rather optimistic regarding the recently announced friendly with West Ham United on July 5th, saying that he sees it as a great opportunity for players to get some minutes under their belts. "Obviously as the squad gets healthy and a lot of guys are returning at that stage from Copa America, there are different players to choose form and sometimes it's good to keep the guys in a rhythm." Schmid praised West Ham and manager Slaven Bilic, whom he said "has done a really good job with that team and they've had a really good season and are on the uptick so I think it'll be a good game." He also noted that the players look forward to these matches, as they get a chance to compete against good teams that have a worldwide fanbase.