Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer and coach Sigi Schmid held a conference call today to discuss the trade of Alvaro Fernandez, the signing of Christian Tiffert (blog posts below) and the ongoing negotiations for Honduran midfielder Mario Martinez.
Schmid said Tiffert is a central midfielder, a good playmaker and leader, who has more of a defensive orientation than Fredy Montero or Mauro Rosales.
No timetabled was given for Tiffert’s playing availability. Schmid said Tiffert is fit. His playing debut is more a matter of travel and visa and paperwork.
Hanauer said the Sounders are in advanced negotiations with Martinez, “exciting young player” from Real Espana and a member of the Honduran Olympic team.
Schmid said that despite assumptions (and tweets) to the contrary, Tiffert’s German heritage was not considered in the signing.
Tiffert is Seattle’s sixth DP (Ljungberg, Nkufo, Fernandez, Montero, Rosales), however Hanauer didn’t want to grade the club’s DP signings, instead saying the club should be judged on performance of the total roster.
Hanauer said the Sounders would retain some of Fernandez’s transfer fee if he is transferred in the future.