Sounders FC loan acquisition of goalkeeper Andrew Weber was made official Thursday evening, though it was little surprise at that point. The 29-year-old had already put in a training session with the team earlier in the day and spoke to reporters.
I asked coach Sigi Schmid if Weber had been on the team’s radar this season. Goalkeeper became a position of need with Marcus Hahnemann set to miss a month with a hamstring strain and Josh Ford recovering from knee surgery.
“Obviously he was here last year; we knew he was in Phoenix and (goalkeeper coach Tommy Dutra) keeps in contact with him,” Schmid said of Weber. “(Bryan) Meredith, as well, is back in the country, so we were talking to him also. We just figured this was the best alternative because he knows the team, he knows Seattle, he knows the situation, the group knows him. So we felt it was a good alternative if it was something Phoenix felt comfortable doing.”
Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, per team and league policy, but the finances aren’t expected to factor into summer transfer window plans.
Posted below is a look at the roster. As it stands, there are four open roster slots and three open international slots:
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Goalkeepers (3): Michael Gspurning, Marcus Hahnemann, Andrew Weber*
Defenders (8): Djimi Traore^, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Zach Scott, Leo Gonzalez, DeAndre Yedlin, Marc Burch, Patrick Ianni, Dylan Remick
Midfielders (9): Osvaldo Alonso, Mauro Rosales, Brad Evans, Lamar Neagle, Servando Carrasco, Shalrie Joseph, Andy Rose^, Alex Caskey, Philip Lund^
Forwards (6): Obafemi Martins^, Eddie Johnson, David Estrada, Sammy Ochoa, Eriq Zavaleta, Will Bates
Disabled list (2): Josh Ford, Steve Zakuani
Set to transfer to Sporting Lisbon (1): Fredy Montero
League pool goalkeeper (1): Doug Herrick
Non-roster players in training recently (2): Aaron Kovar (academy alumnus), Neil Kitson (goalkeeper trialist)
* — on loan, italics — affected by injury, ^ — international player