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February 12, 2009 at 5:20 PM

Roster trimmed down; Jackson, O’Brien let go

The team just sent out an advisory that, among other things, says several players are no longer with the team as it gets set to play the San Jose Earthquakes in an exhibition game tomorrow night.

Here are the players that have been let go:

GK Kevin Guppy, D Danny Jackson, M Quavas Kirk, M Leighton O’Brien, M Ryan Pore, M Fernando Screpis and D Adam West.

Guppy was a longshot anyway though he made some nice saves in practice. Jackson, O’Brien and Pore are a bit surprising — all appeared to be doing well but apparently the coaches thought otherwise with each game. Screpis, with all respect to him, looked lost out there, at least in the game that I saw in person. Kirk was likely a casualty of the emergence of Steve Zakuani and Sanna Nyassi. Seattle has two solid center midfielders in Brad Evans and Osvaldo Alonso, and Stephen King played well this week, perhaps making O’Brien expendable. Also, designated player Freddie Ljungberg is a center midfielder who will be back next month some time, it’s believed.

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