As mentioned yesterday, John Rooney -- the 19-year-old brother of ManU and England striker Wayne Rooney -- is on MLS trial with the Sounders this week.
If the sides agree that MLS is a good fit for him at this stage of his career, he could be made available to MLS teams through a special lottery or entered into the SuperDraft.
Here’s some of what Rooney had to say – through a thick British accent – after Wednesday training. (Especially note answer three, where he raves about Sounders fans ... and question five, where I believe I came up with a question that I bet he's never ever heard before):
Q: How did you connect with Seattle?A: I’ve been at Macclesfield a few years and Seattle gave me the opportunity to come over and train with them. I wanted to come over. I think the league’s an excellent league. I wanted to come over and progress my career over here.
Q: Why are you interested in MLS?A: The facilities, the training.
Q: What are your early impressions?A: I loved it. All the training’s been good. I went to the game on Sunday. The stadium’s fantastic and the fans are unbelievable. The fans are great, definitely as good as the Premiership standards. It was fantastic. I really enjoyed it.
Q: What Sounders have impressed you so far?A: There are a few great players out there. In the game Sunday I’d seen a few good players as well. They can all play.
Q: How does it feel to have such a famous soccer-playing brother?A: It’s good. He’s one of the world’s best players, so it’s good to have that as your brother. But I come out here to build on me own career, and hopefully I’ll do well over here on me self.
Q: Are there differences in style of play here?A: The (English) league I was playing in was physical. This is a physical. I watched on Sunday and in training – it’s physical. It’s more or less the same: physical, good.
Q: Are you targeted on the pitch because of your name and bloodlines?A: Not really. Sometimes you might be, but you’ve just got to get on with it. It’s a physical league, so you’ve just got to expect to be treated that way.