The Sounders made an somewhat unexpected move Friday by loaning forward Eriq Zavaleta to Chivas USA for the 2014 season (this just a couple days after a season-long loan involving rookie defender Jimmy Ockford).
That opens up another roster spot and the Sounders potentially have five spots open when you factor in some sort of resolution involving Shalrie Joseph‘s status. With six unsigned players left in camp, it certainly looks like several will make the team — even if not all the spots are filled, perhaps 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 (8): Jalil Anibaba, Chad Marshall, Leo Gonzalez, Dylan Remick, DeAndre Yedlin, Djimi Traore, Zach Scott, Damion Lowe%
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 (7): Obafemi Martins, Sean Okoli+, Chad Barrett, Kenny Cooper, David Estrada, Kevin Parsemain*, Cam Weaver*
ON LOAN FOR 2014 SEASON (2): Jimmy Ockford (New York Cosmos, NASL), Eriq Zavaleta% (Chivas USA, MLS)
* — 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