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March 11, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Opening-day roster nears completion

Seattle Sounders FC Logo.jpgSounders FC kicks off MLS play later this week, but not before Wednesday’s crucial second leg of a CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal against Mexico’s Santos Laguna.

After a couple recent roster tweaks, I figured it was time to take another look.

The roster certainly looks close to being finalized for opening day, in my opinion, and here’s how things stand:

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Goalkeepers (4): Josh Ford, Michael Gspurning, Bryan Meredith, Andrew Weber

Defenders (9): Marc Burch, Andrew Duran, Leo Gonzalez, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Patrick Ianni, Adam Johansson, Jeff Parke, Zach Scott, Michael Tetteh

Midfielders (13): Osvaldo Alonso, Servando Carrasco, Alex Caskey*, Cordell Cato, Brad Evans, Alvaro Fernandez, Roger Levesque, Mauro Rosales, Andy Rose^, Amadou Sanyang#, Michael Seamon, Christian Sivebaek, Steve Zakuani

Forwards (5): David Estrada, Eddie Johnson, Fredy Montero, Sammy Ochoa, Babayele Sodade

Disabled list (1): O’Brian White

* — invitee (Sounders own MLS rights), # — under contract but exploring options, ^ — acquired on draft day trade, underline — recovering from injury

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NOTES

— I think it’s safe to say at this point that Andy Rose and Alex Caskey are expected to sign. They’ve been in camp since the first day, they played in Saturday’s training, they each have new numbers (Rose in No. 25 and Caskey in No. 27, I believe), there’s at least one rumor of Rose signing and they each were included as a part of the team’s Kickoff Luncheon. All indications are that they’ll be Sounders, but as of right now there isn’t enough room on the roster to sign both. That would put 31 players on the active roster.

— To make room for Rose/Caskey, the team would have to place someone else on the disabled list. Josh Ford and Andrew Duran would seem to be candidates. And when asked if O’Brian White was the only Sounders on the disabled list, coach Sigi Schmid said: “Right now, yes.” Indicating that there could be more to come soon.

— A more formal decision on White’s future will be made sometime this week. The team can buy out his contract any time before kickoff on March 17 against Toronto FC, and there’s little incentive to make a final decision before then.

— Trialist defender Daniel Steres is no longer with the team. He was drafted by Chivas USA in the supplemental draft (so they owned his rights) and had been a recent addition to camp.

— There is another goalkeeper in camp, but I’m not sure he’s a candidate to make the 2012 team with four goalkeepers already under contract.

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