Sounders coach Sigi Schmid revealed after training today that the club is parting ways with defender Adam Johansson. A club spokesman clarified that the waiver move is expected to become official tomorrow.
“Johansson’s a situation where we’re going to part ways,” Schmid said. “It’s really a salary cap situation, primarily. Also with the trade for Shalrie Joseph, and we know that Brad Evans has played some at right back – that’s a consideration that we have moving forward, that Brad can go back there. It’s very important for Adam’s career for him to have regular first-team minutes because he’s on the Swedish national team, and with Brad maybe moving to right back, DeAndre’s development, that might not have made that a regular basis for him. But the main issue is just salary cap and to make things work at the end of the day.”
Johansson had suffered a knee injury during preseason training in Tucson, but Schmid said he’s healthy now.
“At the end of the day, the recognition is that it’s beneficial for him as well, especially with our thinking that once Shalrie gets into the lineup we might push Brad back there,” Schmid said. “Then it becomes a very competitive position for him back there as well. So for him to get into the World Cup team in 2014, to continue to be part of the qualifiers – like he was originally up for this round of qualifiers and then because he hadn’t played, due to the injury, not for any other reason – he got dropped from the team. So if he’s not getting regular minutes, then that’s going to hurt him. A little bit similar to what Fredy (Montero) trying to make that national team.”