There have been enough moves this off-season where it's good to have an overview look at the comings and goings. The tally as of today: six new players in, 11 former Sounders out.
Here's the list from the club:
The signing of Eddie Johnson continues a season of change for Sounders FC with six new players and 11 departures. A number of trialists and draft picks are also still in camp, including goalkeeper Andrew Weber, defender Andrew Duran, midfielder Andy Rose and forward Babayele Sodade.
In: GK Michael Gspurning, DEF Adam Johansson, DEF Marc Burch, FW Cordell Cato, MF Christian Sivebaek, FW Eddie Johnson.
Out: GK Terry Boss, MF Erik Friberg, FW Mike Fucito, DEF Taylor Graham, FW Nate Jaqua, GK Kasey Keller, MF Miguel Montano, MF Lamar Neagle, FW Pat Noonan, DEF James Riley, DEF Tyson Wahl.
Here's coach Sigi Schmid talking about the turnover:
“It’s not as big a challenge because there’s a core that’s here. When you’re starting a team that first year, everybody’s new and you’re trying to establish your core. A lot of players that were in that, certainly Kasey Keller, played a very vital role in that. Guys like Nate Jaqua and Pat Noonan when they joined our team, and Peter Vagenas, veteran players helped us establish the core and establish the culture that I wanted to create and we wanted to create as a club with the Sounders of our work ethic, professionalism that we wanted displayed and how we wanted to approach things. Obviously, those players move on for various reasons, now we have a new core. There’s now the Alonso’s, the Montero’s, the Evans’, the Hurtado’s, and Parke’s. There’s guys that are here that know what it means to be a Sounder, that know what it means to go out and train hard every day and be dedicated and be professional. Even though there’s turnover and there’s new players coming in...you still have a core that there’s something for the new guys to measure up to and they know what they need to do. I don’t think it’s bad as maybe it looks when you look at numbers.”