Here is an updated look at Sounders FC’s camp roster after it was announced rookie defender Jimmy Ockford has signed with the team and loaned to the New York Cosmos of the second-division North American Soccer League for the 2014 season.
As a year-long loan, Ockford is not expected to take up a roster spot for Seattle. Currently, 28 players are signed, but Ockford and Sharlie Joseph won’t be expected to take up spots once the season starts. That potentially leaves four spots, but it’s possible not all of them will be filled to leave room for a midseason signing.
Here is a look at where things stand:
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GOALKEEPERS (3): Marcus Hahnemann, Stefan Frei, Josh Ford
DEFENDERS (9): Jalil Anibaba, Chad Marshall, Leo Gonzalez, Dylan Remick, DeAndre Yedlin, Djimi Traore, Zach Scott, Damion Lowe%, Jimmy Ockford&
MIDFIELDERS (14): Clint Dempsey~, Brad Evans, Osvaldo Alonso, Aaron Kovar+, Alex Caskey,
Shalrie Joseph, Andy Rose, Lamar Neagle, Tristan Bowen, Marco Pappa, Fabio Pereira*, Michael Azira*, Gonzalo Pineda*, John Arroyo*
FORWARDS (8): Obafemi Martins, Sean Okoli+, Chad Barrett, Eriq Zavaleta%, Kenny Cooper, David Estrada, Kevin Parsemain*, Cam Weaver*
* — unsigned, underline — 2014 draft pick, ~ — on loan with Fulham until start of March, % — Generation adidas,
strikethrough — not with team (not in team’s plans), + — first-year homegrown player, & — signed but on loan with the Cosmos for 2014