UPDATE 2:20 p.m. — Here’s comment from general manager Adrian Hanauer: “He was at training today and he’ll be at the game tomorrow. Again, there are a lot of rumors swirling about. Clearly we’ll announce things if and when they happen, but for now we’re very happy to have Alvaro Fernandez as a part of our team.”
And comment from coach Sigi Schmid: “When you score a couple of goals I guess rumors start and talks start. Nothing that I’m aware of right now. Everything is just rumors. He’s got two goals in our last two league games, so he’s done well from that standpoint.”
I wasn’t by my computer much last night, but it looks like there was a lot of Twitter activity stating Sounders FC midfielder Alvaro Fernandez could be going to Colombia’s Deportivo Cali, perhaps on a one-year loan.
Here’s an online report that also addresses Flaco being on the move to Deportivo Cali, Fredy Montero‘s old team, and one that currently features ex-Union goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon and ex-Sounder Miguel Montano (on loan). Also, here’s a report from a few days ago that said Deportivo Cali officials are in the U.S. hoping to make a big addition.
UPDATE 8:42 a.m. — Sounder at Heart passed along another report that apparently credits a Deportivo Cali official as saying there’s a verbal agreement in place and that they hope Fernandez arrives over the weekend pending the signing of some documents.
I reached out to the Sounders this morning for comment on reports of Fernandez’ possible departure.
“Lots of rumors, nothing to report right now,” a team spokesman said in an email.
The Sounders practice at 10 a.m. today, so I’ll have more from that, as well.
I’m not sure how the details would work, but Fernandez’ loan would presumably open up a designated player slot on the roster, which you would think the Sounders would have plans to fill. The team, of course, is known to be interested in German midfielder Christian Tiffert, who plays for FC Kaiserslautern.
Fernandez joined the Sounders midway through the 2010 season and his transfer fee automatically qualified him as a DP for the length of his contract, even despite having a non-DP salary. A member of Uruguay’s 2010 World Cup team, Fernandez scored nine MLS goals last season (second on the team to Montero’s 12) and has found the net in Seattle’s last two league games.
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