An MLS transfer window for bringing in foreign players closed at 2 p.m. today with the Sounders apparently failing to make a move.
I spoke to general manager Adrian Hanauer today, before the window officially closed, but with the assumption that nothing would happen.
"We’ve always said we’ll only make moves that are good for the team, that are an improvement," he said. "We’re not going to make moves just for the sake of making moves. We have limited cap space available. We have what we feel are limited weaknesses on our team. We feel like we have a very good team and we haven’t played our best soccer and when we start firing on all cylinders we’ll be one of the best teams in the league. We have a very good player in (Blaise) Nkufo coming in in the summer – we’re 10 games away from Nkufo being a big part of this team. We just ultimately decided that unless a particular piece had fallen into place the way we wanted it, we weren’t going to just do it for the heck of it."
Hanauer said the Sounders were "tracking a few players" but that the timing of this window worked against a deal being struck.
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"The challenge of this time of year is that players are on teams, which means the teams have to either let a player go free – saying, ‘Here, take my player for the end of my season, we don’t want him' – or you have to buy a player. In our league, a transfer fee counts against the salary cap, which makes it very challenging to buy and pay a player to come in when you have very limited cap resources."
The next transfer window opens July. 15.