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Victor Rodriguez will soon be a free agent

Might it make sense for the Sounders to bring him back, even if just through the end of the season?

Mike Russell / Sounder at Heart

Victor Rodriguez is about to be a free agent after bidding farewell to La Liga side Elche CF on Thursday. Rodriguez spent parts of two seasons with Elche, helping them gain promotion in 2019-20 and narrowly avoiding relegation in 2020-21.

The soon-to-be 32-year-old was not particularly productive during his return to Spain, as he failed to register a goal or an assist in a little over 1,000 minutes spread out over 25 appearances.

Still, Rodriguez would be an interesting player to bring back to the Seattle Sounders and a source indicated that it has at least been discussed internally. When healthy, Rodriguez was productive enough to average basically a goal or an assist every other game during his three seasons in Seattle. He also won the MLS Cup MVP after scoring what turned out to be the winning goal in the 2019 final.

Rodriguez would also provide some attacking midfield depth, a position at which the Sounders are particularly short with Cristian Roldan likely out for most of the next month and Nicolas Lodeiro’s return still undetermined.

The main roadblock to a return is the same thing that caused him to leave in the first place: a family situation that effectively required him to be in Spain.

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