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Interest in Gudjohnsen indicates Sounders’ have “always compete” philosophy just like Seahawks

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Sep. 6, 2012 at 12:30 pm with 1 Comment »
September 6, 2012 12:32 pm

Sounders forward Eddie Johnson has 11 goals. Sounders forward Fredy Montero has 11 goals. Sounders forward Sammy Ochoa is struggling to find minutes on the pitch, but when he does, he seems to score goals. David Estrada, who had a hat trick in the opener and led the club in scoring through the early weeks, is training again and could be back in games before the month is out.

And on top of all that, the club is now taking a look at Eidur Gudjohnsen, yet another high-profile and proven goal-scorer.

Are there enough minutes to go around?

Coach Sigi Schmid doesn’t see a problem, and in his response today sounded a lot like Seahawks coach Pete Carroll when discussing his y’all-come attitude to the quarterback position — and really every other position — this season.

“We’re looking to win a championship this year,” Schmid said. “And if we can make our team a little bit stronger, we’re going to try to make our team a little bit stronger. We never leave any stones unturned – I think they know that. They’ve also been very prolific this year. Eddie’s done a good job: He’s got 11 goals. And Fredy, I think over the four years now is the second highest-goal goal-scorer in the league… He’s got 10 goals or more now in each of the four seasons, so he’s been very consistent as well. So those guys are there. But we still have games: We have two CONCACAF games in there, we still have some midweek games, we still have series where we play three games in a week. You always want to make sure you avoid injuries. You don’t know what’s going to happen. Having quality players on your team is never a detriment.”

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  1. elmocatt says:

    I think this is great news on several levels. As for Gudjohnsen (“the ice man”), i have to laugh since after he finished up at Barca a couple of years ago, i thought he would be a great player to add to the Sounders. Looks like it may now occur, a couple years later. He is a good goal poacher – Rosales and Tiffert can be creative while Gudjohnsen knocks in some easy goals.

    But more importantly, the real story, I think, is that a player of his caliber is seeking out the Sounders – demonstrating what a quality organization it is. Word must be getting around that the Sounders do a great job – on and off the field – for its players. Great crowds, great facilities, great coaches, great attention to detail, and great ownership/leadership. We just now need an MLS cup to wrap it all up!

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