As I noted in our story for Monday’s paper, the battle for the final spots on Sounders FC’s roster is going to be tight. And the competition looks even tighter after it was revealed that midfielders Gonzalo Pineda (a former Mexican international) and John Arroyo (a young Ecuadorian) have joined the team on trial.
Here is an updated roster with what we know (28 are under contract):
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GOALKEEPERS (4): Marcus Hahnemann, Stefan Frei, Josh Ford, John McCarthy*
DEFENDERS (9): Jalil Anibaba, Chad Marshall, Leo Gonzalez, Dylan Remick, DeAndre Yedlin, Djimi Traore, Zach Scott, Damion Lowe%, Jimmy Ockford*
MIDFIELDERS (16): Clint Dempsey~, Brad Evans, Osvaldo Alonso, Aaron Kovar+, Alex Caskey,
Shalrie Joseph, Andy Rose, Lamar Neagle, Tristan Bowen, Marco Pappa, Fabio Pereira*, Stefano Rijssel*, Michael Azira*, Jason Morrison*, Gonzalo Pineda*, John Arroyo*
FORWARDS (10): Obafemi Martins, Sean Okoli+, Chad Barrett, Eriq Zavaleta%, Will Bates&, Kenny Cooper, David Estrada, Miguel Gonzalez*, Kevin Parsemain*, Long Tan*
* — unsigned, underline — 2014 draft pick, italics — affected by injury, ~ — on loan with Fulham until start of March, % — Generation adidas,
strikethrough — not with team (not in team’s plans), + — first-year homegrown player, & — rehabbing in Seattle
Had a good time training with the Sounders. It was a great experience. Looking forward to the next place life takes me!
— Dzenan Catic (@Dz_Catic) February 10, 2014
Thank you @SoundersFC for giving me an amazing opportunity and to all the amazing, supportive fans as well. Good luck this year!
— Tarek Morad (@tmorad92) February 10, 2014