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February 14, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Cam Weaver joins Sounders FC camp: ‘I’m a Northwest kid at heart.’

Cam Weaver, a Kent native who played for the USL Sounders and most recently the Houston Dynamo, arrived at Sounders FC training Friday as a trialist. He had been training with Seattle Universirty, but as an alum was limited to how many sessions he could have with the Redhawks.

Here is a transcript of our chat with Weaver after practice:

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(What has transpired from the end of the last season with the Dynamo to you joining the Sounders in camp today?) “Obviously in Houston last year we came up a little bit short. We talked with the staff there and decided that it was best that I moved on from Houston. It’s just been trying to figure out what’s next for me. I’ve been kind of bouncing around between Houston and up here. Obviously I’m from here. My parents are still in Kent. I was trying to stay fit in case things work out. I’m going to continue to play. I’m just very fortunate that the Sounders are letting me come out and train and kind of see what’s going on and if things might be able to work out. We’ll see what happens.”

(As you’ve been in the league and you’ve seen what been going on with MLS in your hometown, have you thought about what it would be like to be a part of it?) “Yeah, I mean coming in and playing in ’06 with the Sounders in the USL and seeing everything that’s happened, the level that has changed since then, is just incredible. I’m a Northwest kid at heart, so even though I haven’t been a part of all this so far, I just feel proud that this whole are has just embraced the sport and the team and everything — even though I’ve been on a rival team since it’s happened. It’s cool. I still feel somewhat of a part of it, even though I’ve been on the outside for a while.”

(Do you have any favorite moments from that 2006 season?) “I was a young kid just straight out of college and I didn’t really take time to soak it all in. It all happened so fast, and after that season I jumped straight on a plane and went overseas to start playing. I think just everything about that season. It was my first professional year, so it was so exciting just to be able to do what you love for a living in front of hometown fans, family, friends — it was great.”

(You had a pretty good year, too. What was it like tying Romario for the league lead in goals?) “Like I said, it all just happened so fast. I came in and was the last guy added to the roster that year. I just tried to work my tail off and an opportunity came up and I took it. I ended up having a good season and just kept coming game by game. At the end, I was at the top of the scoring charts and I was like, ‘Wow, what happened?’”

(What’s it like reuniting with Zach Scott and Brian Schmetzer?) “It’s great, yeah. I see those guys briefly when we’re playing against them, just get to say hi, but it’s nice to be able to have a chat with them. Zach’s a legend. It’s great seeing him out here still doing his thing.”

(What have you been told about the realities of trying to make the team at this stage?) “I know the season is a few weeks away and the roster is pretty full. The team is usually pretty set and looking forward to that first game right around the corner. We’ll just see what happens.”

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