There was some news at the end of Sounders FC practice Tuesday as the team is expected to waive defender Adam Johansson, a move that could be official by Wednesday.
Here was the update from coach Sigi Schmid.
“Johansson’s is a situation where we’re going to part ways,” he said. “It’s really a salary cap situation primarily. Also with the trade for Shalrie Joseph, and we know that Brad Evans has played some at right back, so that’s a consideration that we have moving forward — that Brad would go back there. It’s very important for Adam’s career for him to have regular first-team minutes, because he’s on the Swedish national team. And with Brad maybe dropping to right back, (DeAndre Yedlin‘s) development, that might not have made that an all regular basis for him. The main issue is just salary cap and to make things work at the end of the day.”
Schmid added that Johansson, who had two assists in 21 games last year, is no longer bothered by the sprained knee suffered in preseason.
So did the 30-year-old Swedish right back want to leave Seattle after just one year?
“I think at the end of the day, the recognition is that he realized it’s beneficial for him, as well — especially with our thinking that once Shalrie gets in the lineup, we might push Brad back there,” Schmid said. “Then it becomes a very competitive position back there as well for him.
“For him to get into the World Cup team in 2014, to continue to be part of qualifiers like he was originally up until this round of qualifiers — because he hadn’t played due to the injury, not for any other reason — if he’s not getting regular minutes than that’s going to hurt him in that development. A little bit similar to Fredy (Montero) — trying to make that national team.”
And did Yedlin’s impressive start have anything to do with it either?
“It had a little bit of an impact, for sure,” Schmid said, “but it wasn’t the main reason. The main reason was really the salary cap.”
Oddly enough, Johansson did not attempt one shot as a Sounder (28 games, 2,366 minutes) in all competitions. Essentially all the non-goalkeepers on the team took at least two last season.
While on national team duty, Johansson has covered the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Having his near $200,000 salary off the books should allow the Sounders for some summer spending, perhaps through the acquisition of a someone through the allocation process.
Seattle has had a Swede on the roster for parts of each season: Freddie Ljungberg (2009-10), Erik Friberg (2011), Johansson (2012-13).
What do you make of the news?