So far this offseason, the Sounders have been quiet on the player-movement front — too quiet, for some of those in the Seattle Twittersphere, as a slow December turns into a slow January and you’ll take something, anything to get the blood flowing.
To gauge just how quiet is has been and whether the lack of movement thus far is even notable, I took a look back through Seattle’s last offseason.
By Jan. 5, 2014, the Sounders had made a few moves — most notably bringing in Chad Marshall and Stefan Frei — but most of their transactions were still a few days or a few months away.
Let’s take a stroll down memory lane, shall we?
- Dec. 10, 2013: Sounders acquire goalkeeper Stefan Frei from Toronto via trade.
- Dec. 11, 2013: Sounders acquire forward Tristan Bowen from Chivas USA via trade.
- Dec. 12, 2013: Sounders acquire defender Chad Marshall from Columbus via trade.
- Dec. 13, 2013: Sounders acquire Kenny Cooper from Dallas via trade, he signs six days later.
This next one could go either way:
- Dec. 18, 2013: Sounders select New England forward Chad Barrett in Stage Two of the 2013 Re-entry Draft, or,
- Jan. 9, 2014: Sounders agree to terms with Chad Barrett.
Regardless about where you want to place that transaction, we’ve reached our arbitrary Jan. 6 cutoff date. Some noteworthy moves have been made, to be sure. But for a team that slumped to a disappointing finish and early playoff exit, this wasn’t exactly an impulsive wholesale.
Looking forward, if last year is any indication, things are about to get loud in a hurry.
- Jan. 8, 2014: Sounders sign Aaron Kovar of Stanford University to a homegrown player contract.
- Jan. 8, 2014: Sounders sign Sean Okoli of Wake Forest University to a homegrown player contract
- Jan. 15, 2014: Sounders acquire defender Jalil Anibaba from Chicago via trade.
- Jan. 16, 2014: Sounders select defender Damion Lowe with the eighth pick in the MLS SuperDraft.
- Jan. 31, 2014: Sounders acquire midfielder Marco Pappa via allocation.
- March 5, 2014: Sounders sign midfielder Gonzalo Pineda.
- March 6, 2014: Sounders sign midfielder Micheal Azira.
Take a deep breath, everyone, go grab yourself a cup of water. That is one busy offseason — and that’s not even counting midseason signings like Kevin Parsemain and Aaron Long. And that’s despite that the fact that, compared to where we stand now, the Sounders only made a handful more moves.
Given the successes of last season, this was never going to be an offseason of major overhaul. But Tyrone Mears has already arrived from England. And if recent history is any indication, the news cycle will pick up steam again in no time.