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Coach says no Sounders moves expected before transfer window closes tonight

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on May 6, 2013 at 3:16 pm with No Comments »
May 6, 2013 3:18 pm

LogoMLSThe first MLS transfer window closes today at 9 p.m. Pacific Time.

Sounders coach Sigi Schmid was asked this afternoon if the club expects to make a move.

“I don’t think so,” he said. “If we did we’d have a much better idea than today. So, no: I don’t think we’re doing anything.”

Here’s an MLS news release on the window:

The year’s first transfer window – which opened Feb. 12 and allows MLS clubs to pursue players under contract in leagues abroad – closes Monday, May 6 at midnight Eastern Time. Although no flurry of activity is expected, a bumper crop of newcomers has already arrived in 2013.

Collectively, MLS clubs have acquired 65 players from more than 25 leagues around the world since the end of last season. That group averages 26.2 years of age. They hail from 32 different countries. Twenty-two have played for their senior national team and 27 others have youth national team experience. The influx of talent illustrates the MLS owners’ substantial commitment to continue elevating the standard of play.

Among the newcomers making a difference for their teams, in alphabetical order by last name, are:

F Claudio Bieler (Sporting KC) – 6 goals in 10 games
G Carlo Cudicini (LA Galaxy) – League-leading 0.71 GAA in 7 games
M Andrew Driver (Houston Dynamo) – 2 goals, 1 assist, 9 shots in 8 games
F Robert Earnshaw (Toronto FC) – 5 goals in 9 games
G Raúl Fernandez (FC Dallas) – 30 saves, 5-1-2 record in 8 games
F Olmes García (Real Salt Lake) – 1 goal, 1 assist in 5 games
D Glaúber (Columbus Crew) – 9 starts, 1 goal, team GAA of 0.89
F Peguy Luyindula (New York Red Bulls) – 2 assists, 10 shots in 5 games
M Edgar Mejía (Chivas USA) – 1 goal, 2 assists in 8 games
F Andrés Romero (Montreal Impact) – 1 goal, 1 assist in 7 games
M Diego Valeri (Portland Timbers) – 2 goals, 2 assists in 8 games

The secondary transfer window for MLS opens July 9 and closes Aug. 8, but clubs may continue to add players who are out of contract between now and then. MLS rosters freeze September 13.

Schmid was asked if the Sounders are looking to make a move during that summer transfer window:

“We’re always looking at those options,” he said. “So that’s something we talk about almost daily – if not for sure weekly, but it almost seems daily. So we’re always looking at ways to make ourselves better, to make our club better.”

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