I imagine that Sounders FC has submitted its list of “discovery” players to the league office. These are United Soccer Leagues guys or internationals the club has scouted and have an interest in signing.
I believe the team can submit as many as 10 names, and a few former USL Sounders are probably on that list.
Here’s an item from a very good soccer blog, Steven Goff’s Soccer Insider, from washingtonpost.com. I should say, there’s the link and then scroll down to read the following from Goff:
“Meantime, I am hearing that the expansion Seattle Sounders have their sights on Cuban midfielder Osvaldo Alonso, the USL rookie of the year at Charleston this past season. He defected in 2007.”
I’ve been told, when asked about the list of discovery players, that the identities of the players are kept confidential up until an individual is signed, per MLS policy.