Here is Schmid on the addition of the 19-year-old John Rooney (the younger brother of Manchester United superstar Wayne Rooney) to Sounders FC training. Sounds like Rooney is on trial with the league and could enter MLS through the draft. Seattle doesn’t own his rights and can’t sign him, no matter how impressive he is this week.
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(On John Rooney joining training) “Who’s he? (laughs) He’s here for us to have a look at him. He’s on trial, we want to see where he’s at and what he’s like as a player. He’s a player that was brought to our attention and so it seemed like this was a good week because we have a week of training to be able to look at him, and some other guys as well.”
(On the process of him joining MLS) “It’s happened in the past and I think they’re looking at doing this again. In the past, sometimes at the combine they would have four of five foreign players as part of the combine, sort of like out there with all the other college players. And so they became draftable players. I think the league is looking at maybe going in that direction again. In doing that, if they can find some guys that are young, that have ability, that want to enter our league and enter it at the same level as, say, a college senior and we compare them to that level. I think that’s the situation that John falls into or there might be an interest in, so he’ll spend some time here, spend some time there. It’s really not different, I’ll give you an example. Alturo Alvarez, when he was thinking about signing for Generation Adidas, he spent a week with me in L.A. Trained in L.A. for a week, I think he went to San Jose for a week, then he went to Chicago for a week, and then they sort of polled all the coaches and said, ‘Is this a guy we should sign Generation Adidas?’ And everyone agreed that, ‘Yeah, we think this guy has some potential.’ So they signed him Generation Adidas and he was in the draft.”