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February 16, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Javier Saviola to join the Sounders as a summer signing? (Saturday links)

The Sounders have an open designated-player slot on the roster and are looking to fill it. Coach Sigi Schmid has mentioned this a number of times, particularly regarding a forward.

Might Javier Saviola be a target?

The accomplished Argentine (Barcelona, Real Madrid, River Plate) could be set to join the Sounders in the summer after his contract with Malaga runs up. That’s what Juan Cortese of TyC Sports has indicated in Argentina.

Sounder at Heart has a good rundown of the rumor.

The Sounders had no comment on the reports.

What do you think? Saviola is 31 years old, played for the Argentine national team, has won league titles in Argentina, Spain and Portugal, and scored this goal today.

Let’s get to some links:

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— First off, don’t forget the Sounders take on Real Salt Lake today at 3 p.m. in the Desert Diamond Cup.

— Defender Mikael Silvestre is no longer with the Sounders in camp, but the team might still be interested. Check out this story on MLSsoccer.com on the subject. Here’s a tweet from England indicating Silvestre will indeed sign with MLS and play for either Seattle or Portland.

— Reign FC’s open tryout will be March 8-10 at Starfire. More details will be coming next week.

— The Earthquakes have “strong interest” in Cordell Cato, according to a reporter’s tweet. Might a deal get done soon (Seattle still holds Cato’s MLS rights)?

— Former Sounder Mike Seamon said he’ll be playing for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds this season.

Here’s a story that thinks DeAndre Yedlin would be a good alternate for the U.S. U-20 team.

— Around MLS, Chicago said it would welcome Robbie Rogers if he decides to return (the Fire holds his rights), San Jose and Columbus announced some rookie signings, and Real Salt Lake could be closing in on signings of a forward in Olmes Garcia and a backup goalkeeper in Josh Saunders.

— Heading a soccer ball is like a hard punch?

— U.S. official Chuck Blazer is set to leave his FIFA executive seat as he won’t seek re-election for a fifth term. He’s held the job for 16 years.

— Lastly, we’re two weeks away…

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