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Sounders FC

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February 23, 2010 at 12:02 AM

UPDATED: Luis Gil interested in Seattle, but are the feelings mutual? (links and notes)

UPDATE: Luis Gil has been traded to Real Salt Lake. K.C. president/CEO Robb Heineman intimated on his Twitter account that money, a second-round draft pick and an international slot could have been the price.
Before we get started, here’s a reminder that single-game tickets for Sounders FC games go on sale March 1st at 10 a.m.
The weighted lottery for youth national team player Luis Gil, 16, took place on Monday. The high-level prospect signed with the league and yesterday his rights were won by Kansas City.
Though not long after, word came out that Gil wanted to play for a team on the west coast, notably the Sounders FC or Real Salt Lake. While it sounds a little weird that a teenager would dictate where he wants to play — and out-of-contract veterans can’t — it is a pretty common practice for new signees in the league to express desired locations.
The Wizards will try to convince Gil to stay first, but will trade him if necessary.
Now the question remains: is Seattle interested is trading a draft pick/allocation money/players for a young prospect?
My guess is yes. Here is a kid that has the talent to catch the attention of Arsenal. Yes that Arsenal, of the English Premier League. So he has certainly got a high ceiling and could become a star. Previously, I’ve described the Sounders FC front office as go-getters, and this would be an opportunity that fits in with that personality.
What would the cost be? Hard to say. A first round pick would be a possibility, maybe with some allocation money? Maybe a player, say Leo Gonzalez? That’s just speculation of course, but the cost would have to be significant for a talent of that level. It will be interesting to see how it plays out. The team has been bringing in trialists left and right for a reason — it is looking for another piece.
What do you think? Bring him in or leave him be?
Now for some links and more good stuff after the jump:

Before you go, here’s a video of the most bizarre goal celebration I’ve ever seen. Poor mascot.

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