UPDATE 12:05 p.m. — A team spokesman has clarified that while Lebogang Moloto isn’t with the team in Arizona, he wasn’t cut. The supplemental draft pick went back to school to finish his final semester in order to graduate and is expected to return.
UPDATE 5:25 p.m. — Supplemental draft pick Kevin Durr, who is in the Air Force Academy, has joined the team in Tucson. It’s uncertain how long he’ll be able to stay.
Defender Mikael Silvestre — whose previous teams include Manchester United, Arsenal, Inter Milan and Werder Bremen — is set to join Sounders FC’s training camp today in Arizona, according to a team spokesman.
Silvestre, 35, had been training with the Portland Timbers this preseason; he even scored a goal against Seattle in an exhibition last week. The Frenchman finished his international career with 40 caps and has been a part of teams that won five EPL titles, an FA Cup, a League Cup, two Confederations Cups and a UEFA Champions League title.
The Sounders also cut two players from camp before the trip to Tucson: invitees Shavar Thomas and Leo Lelis. Supplemental draft pick Lebogang Moloto has returned to school to finish his final courses in order to graduate but is expected to return.
Here’s a look at the camp roster, as I understand it:
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Goalkeepers (4): Michael Gspurning, Marcus Hahnemann, Josh Ford, Doug Herrick#
Defenders (13): Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Patrick Ianni, Zach Scott, Adam Johansson, Leo Gonzalez, Marc Burch, Andrew Duran, DeAndre Yedlin+, Eriq Zavaleta%, Dylan Remick^, Anshani Fairclough#, Djimi Traore#, Mikael Silvestre#
Midfielders (12): Osvaldo Alonso, Mauro Rosales, Christian Tiffert, Steve Zakuani, Brad Evans, Mario Martinez, Lamar Neagle, Andy Rose, Alex Caskey, Servando Carrasco, Kevin Durr^, Philip Lund#
Forwards (7): Eddie Johnson, Sammy Ochoa, David Estrada, Babayele Sodade, Jennings Rex^, Will Bates^, Travis Bowen#
Will return after finishing school (1): Lebogang Moloto^
Not expected to be part of camp (1): Cordell Cato~, Blair Gavin#
# — trialist, ^ — unsigned draft pick, % — signed to Generation Adidas contract, italics — affected by injury, + — signed homegrown player, ~ — Sounders own his MLS rights, currently in camp with San Jose