I'll have some direct quotes from Sounders coach Sigi Schmid soon, and we might hear from the younger Rooney tomorrow.
However, no signing is either imminent or possible. General manager Adrian Hanauer explained that Seattle doesn't have rights to Rooney, and that this is sort of more a league-wide tryout for both sides to decide if Rooney and MLS are right for each other. If so, Rooney could be put into the MLS SuperDraft or his rights could be assigned by lottery.
Here's what coach Sigi Schmid had to say:
He’s here for us to have a look at him. He’s on trial. We want to see where he’s at and what he’s like as a player. He’s a player that was brought to our attention and we thought that this was a good week, since we had a week of training to be able to look at him and some other guys as well.
... In the past sometimes at the (MLS) combine they would have four or five players as part of the combine, sort of like out there will all the college players and so they became draftable players. And so I think they league is looking at maybe doing that again if they can find some guys that are young, that have ability, that want to enter our league and enter it at the same level as a college senior and we compare them to that level. I think that’s the situation that John falls into or there might be an interest in. So he might spend some time here, spend some time there. But it’s really not different … (from) Arturo Alvarez, when he was thinking about signing for Generation Adidas he spent the week with me in L.A., trained in L.A. for a week, he went to San Jose for a week and then he went to Chicago for a week and then they sort of polled all the coaches and said is this a guy we should sign for Generation Adidas. And everyone agreed that, yeah, we think this guy has some potential and so they singed him to Generation Adidas and he was in the draft.