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February 8, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Sounders won’t make “impulsive” decision on center back signing

It’s been no secret the Sounders are in the market for a center back.

They’ve brought in several trialists at the position in recent weeks and still have a handful in camp: Djimi Traore, Shavar Thomas, Ashani Fairclough, Leo Lelis. A few have already come and gone: Cody Ellison, Mason Trafford.

You might even add Shalrie Joseph to that group, though both coach Sigi Schmid and Joseph gave no indication as to what position he would play in the event a trade agreement is reached.

During Friday’s practice, Joseph was mainly used as a center midfielder during a scrimmage that saw Hurtado/Traore and Fairclough/Thomas pairings. Patrick Ianni is still using crutches and wearing a protective boot after breaking his foot a couple weeks ago, and no update was immediately available on his recovery.

Schmid gave this assessment today of a couple of the new invitees, particularly their play in Tuesday’s preseason game against Portland.

“I thought Djimi played well down there; that’s why we’re keeping him with us,” the coach said. “I thought Shavar Thomas did OK, as well, so we’re happy with that.”

So is there any urgency to make a decision or make a signing at the position with games just three weeks away?

“The main urgency is to make the right decision,” Schmid said. “Again, to make an impulsive decision, that’s the wrong decision. Then you’re locked in, and you can’t get out of that, and then something better comes along, and at the end of the day it doesn’t help you. Obviously we want to do well and we want to be prepared and we want to get off to a good start in the season and also do well in the (CONCACAF) Champions League, but the main thing is to make sure our team is right and we can make a run at MLS Cup.”

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