Can you believe it? It’s game week.
Sounders FC’s MLS opener is Saturday against the Montreal Impact. Kickoff at CenturyLink Field is set for 7:30 p.m.
So how is the squad shaping up? Let’s take a look:
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Osvaldo Alonso, Marc Burch, Servando Carrasco, Alex Caskey, Andrew Duran, David Estrada, Brad Evans, Josh Ford, Leo Gonzalez, Michael Gspurning, Marcus Hahnemann, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Patrick Ianni, Adam Johansson, Eddie Johnson, Shalrie Joseph (designated player), Mario Martinez, Lamar Neagle, Sammy Ochoa, Dylan Remick, Mauro Rosales (designated player), Andy Rose, Zach Scott, Babayele Sodade, Djimi Traore, DeAndre Yedlin (homegrown player signing), Steve Zakuani, Eriq Zavaleta (Generation Adidas signing)
Signed but in limbo (1):
Christian Tiffert (designated player, expected to be bought out before season opener)
In camp, not signed (8):
Will Bates (supplemental draft pick), Travis Bowen (trialist), Kevin Durr (supplemental draft pick, still has commitments with Air Force Academy), Ashani Fairclough (undrafted rookie), Doug Herrick (MLS rights controlled by Portland), Philip Lund (trialist), Stephen Okai (MLS rights controlled by Philadelphia), Jennings Rex (supplemental draft pick)
Not in camp, but worth noting (2):
Lebogang Moloto (expected to return after finishing school), Cordell Cato (training with San Jose, rights controlled by Seattle)
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A couple notes, Sounders FC does not have more than 30 players under contract, so from a roster standpoint, they are compliant. That means they can keep unsigned players around through the March 2 deadline and sign them after the season opener (e.g. Will Bates, who is still recovering from injury).
From a salary standpoint, however, Seattle might still be over the cap (that information isn’t public). If that is the case, it would likely be resolved with an expected buyout of Christian Tiffert‘s contract and indicate a summer signing of a DP forward.
Something else to consider is teams get allocation money for leaving the No. 29 and No. 30 spots open on the roster (last year it was $35,000 per slot).
UPDATE 2:57 p.m. — It’s worth noting that Andrew Duran and Patrick Ianni are candidates to start the season on injured reserve, which would open up roster spots but not salary relief.
UPDATE 4:23 p.m. — See the tweet below.
I’m told that last year’s provision by which teams could leave roster spots 29 and 30 open to gain $35k allocation each is no longer.
— Jonathan Tannenwald (@thegoalkeeper) February 26, 2013