Trialist Eidur Gudjohnsen had his second training session with the Sounders on Thursday and, once again, was not made available to media.
I was able to catch up with Seattle’s star forwards, though, for their thoughts on the high-profile arrival.
Turns out Gudjohnsen is a familiar face to Eddie Johnson. The two trained together at English Premier League club Fulham for two months last year before Johnson went out on loan to lower division Preston North End.
“His resume speaks for itself,” Johnson said of Gudjohnsen. “I’ve had a chance to be with him and train and play with him for two months at Fulham. He’s a great professional, a top player, and he can only bring experience into the team.”
Added Fredy Montero: “He’s a great player. I’ll try to learn as much as possible from him. (He’s won) many trophies and he’s been playing for the top teams around the world. It is like an honor to be with him and hopefully he can stay here.”
I also asked coach Sigi Schmid what he has seen from the team’s star forwards upon the arrival of an accomplished player like Gudjohnsen.
“We’re looking to win a championship this year,” Schmid said. “If we can make our team a little bit stronger, we’re going to try and make our team a little bit stronger. We never leave any stones unturned. I think they know that, but they’ve also been very prolific this year. Eddie’s done a good job. He’s got 11 goals. Fredy, I think over the four years now, is the second highest goal-scorer in the league. Over four goals, he’s got 10 goals or more in each of the four seasons, so he’s been very consistent, as well. Those guys are there, but we still have games. We still have two CONCACAF games in there. We still have some midweek games. We still have a series where we play three games in a week. You always want to make sure you avoid injuries — you don’t know what’s going to happen. Having quality players on your team is never a detriment.”