In addition to the phone conversation with Adam Johansson today (post below) we also got some time with Sounders technical director Chris Henderson. That began with information on the newest Sounders, but also included a pretty good overview of the club’s off-season: what has been accomplished and what remains on the to-do list.
Background on Johansson) The first time I saw him play live was at the end of ’09. We were looking at other players off of that club. And so we’ve kind of followed him along. And know that his contract and that he was going to become free, we just followed him. To have a guy who was the captain of his team become available, and he’s at a good age coming into the prime of his career, he’s a player that we followed and when we take trips to Sweden that was one of the teams that we would watch, whether it was focusing on that team or whether they were player a team where we were looking at players.
Johansson scouting report) He’s a player who’s tactically very smart. He’s versatile. He’s a leader in the back. He has a good engine. Crosses well. His timing of overlaps, his timing of deep crosses in the box is good. He’s a solid player who tackles well and competes well every time he plays.
Remaining off-season priorities) We’re working on things. As you guys know, Read more »