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March 4, 2010 at 10:35 PM

Big day in Sounders FC camp, links and notes

The signing of Blaise Nkufo is a big one. It has the entire American soccer world talking, and even made a small ripple in the international community. Starting in the summer, he’ll be in rave green through the 2011 season (with an option for another year) and the well-connected Steven Goff of the Washington Post says he’ll earn the equivalent of $550K a year.
I’m sure the minds of Sounders FC fans have been wandering all day. If he can score at such a rate in Europe and for the Swiss national team, what can he do against those piddly MLS defenses, right?
Truth be told, as good as the move could be, it’s not going to produce anything for at least another four months. Steve Zakuani had a great response when I asked him if the offense would be a concern until Nkufo arrived:
It’s not a concern. No one knows what the season is going to be like until he gets here. We don’t know. He might come and find us struggling and be a big boost, or he might come and find us doing very well and he’s going to help us get better. So until he’s here, we’ve got to work with what we’ve got, and we’re happy and confident with that. We didn’t know he was coming, so through preseason we’ve been working with what we have, and we’re confident in that, and him coming is just an extra piece of the puzzle.
Writing duties kept me from watching the entire training session on Thursday, but one thing was clear: Seattle doesn’t have the full use of all of those puzzle pieces yet. There are more than a handful of injured players at practice.
Not sure how the team can find a way to chose a back-up goalkeeper with Terry Boss (ankle) and Chris Eylander (finger) recovering from injuries and doing work on the sidelines.
Depth at central defense is a little concern with Taylor Graham (hamstring) and Patrick Ianni (osteitis pubis) resorted to jogging around the drills. A couple key contributors on offense — Nate Jaqua and Roger Levesque — also aren’t doing much in training.
Can’t imagine too many other teams having so many injuries. Anyways, here are some links:

Before you go, some Blaise Nkufo highlights to make you rue every Sounders FC missed opportunity for the next four months…

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