The first time I watched Christian Sivebaek train with Sounders FC, his blend of speed, size and skill impressed me. And he impressed me in many training sessions thereafter. Based on training, I thought he could be a breakthrough star in MLS … this season’s Mauro Rosales.
However, Sivebaek’s considerable strengths didn’t come together regularly enough in training for him to merit much time in games. And today, the relationship between club and player came to an end that must be disappointing on both sides.
Here’s the release from the club:
The Seattle Sounders FC signed defender Daniel Steres, the club announced today. Per Major League Soccer and club policy, terms were not disclosed. Additionally, the club parted ways with midfielder Christian Sivebaek. He was placed on waivers by mutual agreement.
Steres, 21, was selected by Seattle in the 2012 MLS Waiver Draft on June 6. He was originally picked by Chivas USA ninth in the second round (28th overall) of the 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft.
Steres played four seasons with San Diego State where he was a co-captain his final two years. He was named to the All-Pac-10 second team as a junior and also earned College Soccer News National Team of the Week honors in September 2010.
Sivebaek, 24, made three appearances with one start for Seattle. He also made a substitute appearance in the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League and started four of five MLS Reserve League matches.
Transaction: Seattle Sounders FC (MLS) – Signed DEF Daniel Steres, Waived MID Christian Sivebaek
Jersey Number: 32
Hometown (Citizenship): Calabasas, Calif. (USA)
College: San Diego State