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February 28, 2011 at 10:03 PM

Making Sounders FC’s roster compliant (I think) on our own

roster1.jpgPhoto credit: Steve Ringman, The Seattle Times

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As you probably know by now, the league’s roster compliance date is Tuesday (not far away). With 34 players in camp and an expected roster size of 28, that means there are some cuts and signings in store soon.

So let’s make some of our own. Here’s to somewhat-educated speculation!

Now this isn’t to say the moves below would make Seattle salary compliant. Without inside knowledge of each contract we’ll just have to assume that’s the case. Though by leaving the No. 29 and 30 roster spots unfilled, the team gets $70,000 in allocation money, which would help.

Here’s what I possibly see happening.

— The team places forward Nate Jaqua on injured reserve.

— The team signs rookie midfielder Servando Carrasco, rookie goalkeeper Bryan Meredith and invitee forward/midfielder Lamar Neagle.

— The team releases defender Tyson Wahl.

— Other unsigned trialists/rookies: goalkeeper Josh Ford, midfielder Jonathan Prieto, defender Richard Martinez and the unnamed one could stay in camp, but wouldn’t be offered contracts.

The result? Let’s see after the jump…

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ROSTER (28):

1. Osvaldo Alonso

2. Kasey Keller

3. Fredy Montero

4. Steve Zakuani

5. Jhon Kennedy Hurtado

6. Alvaro Fernandez

7. Blaise Nkufo

8. Jeff Parke

9. James Riley

10. Leo Gonzalez

11. Brad Evans

12. Erik Friberg

13. O’Brian White

14. Mike Fucito

15. Terry Boss

16. Patrick Ianni

17. Roger Levesque

18. Taylor Graham

19. Zach Scott

20. Pat Noonan

21. Michael Tetteh

22. David Estrada

23. Michael Seamon

24. Danny Earls

25. Miguel Montano

26. Servando Carrasco

27. Bryan Meredith

28. Lamar Neagle

INJURED RESERVE (1):

1. Nate Jaqua

RELEASED/UNSIGNED (5):

1. Tyson Wahl

2. Josh Ford

3. Jonathan Prieto

4. Richard Martinez

5. Trialist

This isn’t to make a judgment against Wahl, who is a solid player and a great guy to talk to. In this hypothetical it’s more about roster math/options than talent/ability. His age (27) unfortunately puts him in higher salary bracket and the team also brought in some young left-backs this offseason in Tetteh and Earls.

When it comes to the rookie goalkeeper battle, I’m not nearly in the best position to make this call, but Meredith was the team’s top-rated prospect before the draft, so I’ll lean that way.

I’m also not sure Prieto or Martinez have shown enough to earn contracts yet. But they still could, along with the unnamed trialist.

So there are my guaranteed-to-be-wrong picks.

Any thoughts?

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