The last four potential Designated Players connected with the Seattle Sounders were all potent attacking talents that were meant to help the team score goals. They varied in age from the 23-year-old Paraguayan Derlis Gonzalez to former Japanese star Keisuke Honda at age 31.
How are these players doing with their current teams?
Derlis Gonzalez (Dynamo Kiev)
The pursuit of Derlis ended when Kiev rescinded their deal. Of all the failed DP rumors, this is the one that got closest. But at Kiev, things aren’t going well for Derlis. He has yet to score in the 17/18 season. Gonzalez has six starts and two sub appearances for 517 minutes played on a team that is dominating its league.
Kiev is 7-0-2 +17 and second in the Premier League of Ukraine.
Seattle could still pursue Derlis next Winter.
Hilal Soudani (Dynamo Zaghreb)
This rumor died when Soudani signed a multi-year extension with the Croatian side. But last offseason, the interest was real. At the time, Soudani was plagued by minor injuries. Since the season started, Hilal has not started every game. With five starts and a sub appearance, his minutes in the season are limited to just 437, but he’s scored in four straight matches for six goals.
Zaghreb is dominating Croatia’s 1. HNL, leading the 10-team league with a 8-0-2 +18 performance.
Soudani is 29 and signed for several more years.
Keisuke Honda (Pachuca)
This rumor will not be resurrected.
Hiroshi Kiyotake (C. Osaka)
Seattle went after Kiyotake in two different transfer windows, but eventually lost out as he returned to Japan after playing in Spain with Sevilla. Like many players, he chose to return home, but at age 27, he could decide to make another move someday.
With Osaka, Kiyotake has four goals in eight starts and three subs, earning 759 minutes since signing. Osaka is competing for an AFC Champions League spot, currently sitting fourth. They are 6-1-4 +11 since he joined the squad.
This rumor is unlikely to be re-awakened.