While most attention has been focused on Derlis Gonzalez, the Seattle Sounders have been linked to another attacking midfielder. Victor Rodriguez is a 28-year-old attacking midfielder who played last season with Sporting Gijon in La Liga. The club was relegated last season, and the two parties have agreed to terminate his contract so that he can join MLS. Spanish radio has then linked him to the Sounders, and much of Spanish media is reporting the same thing.
INMINENTE | Tras rescindir contrato con el Sporting, Víctor Rodríguez firmará en los próximos días con el Seattle Sounders, de la MLS. pic.twitter.com/RLFYTHgon6— Fichajes MDB (@mercadoMDB) July 26, 2017
Zack Hicks, who writes for Royal Blue Mersey watched about half of Sporting Gijon’s matches last year and had this to say about him. “Bad dribbler, decent chance creator, didn't get a lot of finishing chances because Gijon was awful; but I think he's a decent finisher. Very versatile, can play a lot of positions. He was a rotational player on a really bad team. He's probably more of a Segunda level player than a La Liga level player. For MLS, on a free he's a good pickup if the salary is right because he'd be a solid depth piece.”
The first question to ask, is would Rodriguez be Plan B to Derlis Gonzalez, or would he be a complementary piece? It is conceivable that both players could join the club. Sporting Gijon is not a high paying club. The average player there made about $464K last season. This kind of salary could make Rodriguez a TAM level player, or lower, and not a DP. With Derlis only hitting the cap at $150K the Sounders might have enough cap room to add a second TAM player in this window.
The bigger issue with adding both players would be international slots. The Sounders only have one international slot remaining, signing both players would require an extra international slot, and the price for acquiring them via trade has gone up. Unless Joevin Jones or Nicolas Lodeiro are close to a green card, this might be the biggest hurdle to jump.
Rodriguez can play any position in the attacking band of three, but if he was joining along with Gonzalez things might be a little crowded. One of Dempsey, Lodeiro, Rodriguez, and Gonzalez would be starting on the bench along with one of Bruin and Morris. The most likely scenario is that Rodriguez is a depth piece that takes most of the minutes that were previously going to Kovar, Shipp, and Jones on the wings.