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Sounders looking for goal-scorer as window nears

Once the window closes, the chances of a major acquisition for this season's playoff run reduces dramatically. There will still be a couple of weeks left before the MLS trade deadline. And fully unrestricted players could be signed. But that's it.

We spoke today with coach Sigi Schmid about the nearing deadline, and what the club hopes to accomplish:

"We’re always looking. We’re always looking and following up on things and pursuing things. Sometimes with the transfer window, some things will succeed, some things won’t succeed. You never know. I’ve seen things things blow up at the 11th hour, 59th minute, 59th second; and sometimes you get things in place early and they go very smoothly. … All I can tell you is we’re always looking to improve our team when we can.

"I think this year you’re looking at the future as well. We really haven’t had that really consistent goal-scorer, per se. We’re looking for that. We’ve had different people come in and chip in. Roger Leveque has gotten goals and Fredy (Montero) has gotten goals. We’ve gotten goals out of midfield, which is a good thing, but that might be something that’s there. Sometimes it’s a situation, too, where somebody comes available to you that you don’t necessarily expect. So maybe it’s not a position that you’re searching for, but the quality of the player is so great that you say, OK, maybe this is a good move for us because we can make these moves and that makes us stronger. You seek and you look for certain things and you try to find certain things, but sometimes things become available to you. I think Mauro (Rosales) is a good example of that before the season where we weren’t necessarily looking for a winger, where we already had (Alvaro) Fernandez and Steve Zakuani. But he became available and he was of such quality where we saw him train we said, ‘Wait a second, it would be a mistake to bypass him. He’s going to make us stronger.’"