March 7, 2013 at 1:28 PM
It’s finally official: Babayele Sodade waived
More than a week ago, Babayele Sodade tweeted this goodbye to Sounders FC fans.
The club made the move official Thursday, announcing it has waived the second-year forward.
Sodade, a second-round pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft out of Alabama-Birmingham, never played a league game for Seattle. He suffered a ACL tear with the Canadian Olympic team before last season and was on the injured list all year.
Coach Sigi Schmid explained the reasoning behind the move after Friday’s practice:
“I think obviously the ACL injury made it difficult for him in terms of finding his groove again and recovering,” Schmid said. “We just felt with some of the options that we had that he wasn’t going to necessarily get ahead of them, so it gives him an opportunity to possibly catch on with a team — even if it’s in the NASL or USL PRO.”
You might remember the 22-year-old declined a call-up to the Canadian first team over the offseason, in part to help his prospects with the Sounders going into this year.
It is uncertain where Sodade will end up, but Twitter is always a good place to start.
There are only three forwards under contract with Seattle: Eddie Johnson, David Estrada and Sammy Ochoa, though a number of midfielders can push up front, as well.
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