This will be a first analysis of the current roster, with my thoughts on who’s a lock for the final roster and who’s on the bubble. Before I begin, a friend in Cleveland alerted me to the latest Seattle Soccer Magazine blog post. There’s a section on the page that acknowledges this blog. A hearty ‘thank you’ from me to the person who wrote it.
M Osvaldo Alonso — On the team; question is whether he starts. It seems he will if Freddie Ljungberg isn’t ready on Opening Night.
D Mandou Bojang — Got trial in California, will he continue in Seattle?
D Evan Brown — Looks like a solid draft pick and a nice player off the bench.
D/M Ryan Caugherty — Another California trialist who got a long look in exhibition games last week.
F Jeff Clark — One of Sigi Schmid’s local small college finds in California, and might have earned a place on at least the four-man developmental squad.
GK Ben Dragavon — If Seattle keeps three keepers, Dragavon is the third.
M Brad Evans — One of Schmid’s “coaches on the field” because of their history, and oh yeah, he’s solid, too. A starter.
GK Chris Eylander — Slated to be No. 2 keeper.
M Michael Fucito (injured) — Could finally join the the team this week or next; needs to show something in Argentina.
D Taylor Graham — Could start as one of the center backs.
F-M Emerald George — With so much offense on the team, has much to show.
D Patrick Ianni — Has overcome slow start because of injury after being traded from Houston, and has a good shot at making the team.
F Nate Jaqua — A starter at forward.
D Jared Karkas (injured) — Hamstring problem slowed him and needs to play to make a case for himself. Seems like a developmental candidate.
GK Kasey Keller — Starter.
M Stephen King — His play last week might have made it easier for Seattle to trade Khano Smith.
F-M Sebastien Le Toux — A likely starter as attacking midfielder.
F Roger Levesque — Had a good week of games and made it hard on coaches to let him go.
M Freddie Ljungberg (injured) — Designated player = starter, when he’s healthy.
D Tyrone Marshall — Adds depth and experience to the back, which needed it.
F Fredy Montero — The top offensive threat on the team as of now.
F-M Lamar Neagle — Had a good week of games and seems like a developmental prospect at least.
M Sanna Nyassi — Speed, speed, speed. A scorer who is competing to start.
F Vini Oliveira — SuperSearch winner is developmental candidate.
D James Riley — Multi-dimensional defender who has been solid since camp opened.
D Zach Scott — A USL Sounder who has made the most of his chance to make the team.
D Kyle Schmid — Physical defender who has to show more to make the team.
F Jarrod Smith (injured) — Practiced maybe twice at the most before injury sidelined him.
D-M Nathan Sturgis — Versatile player who is working as a starter on defense in the 4-4-2 or 4-4-1-1 set.
M Peter Vagenas (injured) — Has to show that he has overcome knee problem, and if he can, he’ll be on the team.
D Tyson Wahl — Working as a starting inside defender.
F-M Steve Zakuani — Whether he starts or comes off the bench, fast rookie should provide an offensive spark. Will take up developmental slot as Generation Adidas player.