I was able to gather a couple notes today at training, which the folk on my Twitter feed got earlier today. Here’s what we learned:
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— Sounders FC declined its option to buy Miguel Montano‘s rights after the youngster’s one-year loan in Seattle last season. The Colombian forward/midfielder is now essentially on trial with the team and a decision regarding his future could be coming shortly. Sounded like the option price for Montano (pictured) was higher than the team valued him. Makes me think he could be in line for a $32,600 apprentice salary if things are going to work out, but I shouldn’t pretend to understand the finances. Remember, he takes up an international spot.
— The team must also make a decision on its Pat Noonan option by April 1. The veteran signed on March 31 last year and made $96,000 in 2010. Personally, I think Noonan — who was diagnosed with a mid-foot bruise over the weekend — might have to take a pay cut if he’s going to stay with Seattle.
— Ezra Hendrickson will likely be the main coach for Sounders FC’s reserve league team this season. Kurt Schmid will also play a big role managing the team. Travel duties and other responsibilities probably make it too much for a top assistant (Brian Schmetzer) to take on. The roles aren’t so succinctly defined because things won’t be run very formally with that team.
— The team’s waiting list for season tickets has been exhausted. Season-ticket sales last year were just short of 32,000 and this year the number is around that. Seattle plans to surpass that total by the end of the month, but the demand isn’t there to open up any more sections (e.g. Hawks Nest).
— Mike Fucito suffered a moderate adductor (with two d’s) strain and is expected to be out 3-6 weeks. Mike Seamon who had a mysterious, possibly viral, issue could be back in training this week.
— All signs continue to indicate that the Mauro Rosales signing will happen.