Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid had indicated during Tuesday’s appearance on Seattle Soccer Talk that the team could be looking to sign a center back in the summer transfer window.
As a followup, I asked Schmid after Thursday’s practice how much he considers that a position of need.
“We’re always looking,” the coach said. “Center back is a position that we’re looking at. We’re also looking at midfielders. There’s also a forward who has come to our attention. If it’s the right fit and we think it makes sense, it’s something that (sporting director Chris Henderson, general manager Adrian Hanauer, scout Kurt Schmid and I) will look at.
“It’s not something that we feel is a must-have — that if we don’t do it, ‘Oh, geez. We’re going to be in real big trouble.’ But we do recognize the fact that we’ve got two center backs (Djimi Traore, Zach Scott) who are a little bit above 30 now, and one (Chad Marshall) that’s going to hit 30 this year. We want to make sure that we continue to be prepared for 2015, as well, so if a good center-back comes along in the summer window, rather than miss that opportunity and wait for the winter, we might need to grab it now — if it’s the right guy and if it’s a guy who makes sense for us.”
One player who has been linked to the Sounders in a possible summer move is Herediano midfielder Jose Miguel Cubero, who is on Costa Rica’s 30-man preliminary World Cup roster. Sounder at Heart has a good breakdown on the latest from the transfer rumor.
Cubero had also been linked to the Sounders back in February.
“He was somebody who was in the mix of players we were looking at the time before we signed (Gonzalo) Pineda,” Schmid said. “He’s still a quality player. … He’s another one of those guys where you have to see, ‘Is this the right time? Is he out of contract? OK, is it maybe a situation that we need to address now or do we wait until the winter?'”