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Why two seemingly conflicting messages about a future signing are both correct

Sounders have the flexibility to add players across the talent spectrum.

Max Aquino / Sounder at Heart

Sounders fans want a new signing. The team is off to a 2-4-0 / -3 start in all competitions, and winless in league action. The primary transfer window for MLS remains open until May 1. Seattle Sounders FC have the cap space, the Allocation Money, an international slot and the resources to sign a player, and yet the rumor mill is dry. There are both indications that they will wait until the secondary transfer window (July 10 to Aug 8) and there are indications that they might find someone tomorrow.

Just read the statement from the President of Soccer and General Manager Garth Lagerwey as summed up by Geoff Baker for the Seattle Times:

Lagerwey last week in Guadalajara, Mexico — where the Sounders lost to Chivas in a Champions League quarterfinal match — suggested there won’t be any major signings until the summer. Certainly, he has little leverage in signing what few candidates are out there, given how the soccer universe is well aware the Sounders need offensive help.

Now read what head coach Brian Schmetzer told Dave Mahler on Sports Radio KJR.

We’re active because of Jordan Morris’s injury. We’ve been active and searching for another attacking piece. Garth and Chris Henderson, they’ve been looking hard all across South America, Europe. They’re working hard because we need to replace Jordan. So we would sign someone if the right player came up. We’re definitely looking.

These can both be true, and it’s likely because of the unique way MLS structures its roster and salary cap.

The Seattle Sounders have the room to add a player using Targeted Allocation Money and to buy down Ozzie Alonso’s contract in order to add a Designated Player who would make more than Alonso’s deal.

If both statements are true, as Sounder at Heart believes, it means that the organization wants to add two major talents to its depleted, injured roster. Schmetzer is likely talking about a TAM-level player, whereas the conversation between Lagerwey and Baker is likely regarding a DP.

Health update: “I’m hoping for all of them, Rodriguez might be a long shot,” Schmetzer said about the health of the team against Montreal on March 31. That means everyone but Morris and probably Rodriguez should be available.

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