MLS- Seattle Sounders

Gudjohnsen set for Sounders trial

Gudjohnsen (ISI)

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Even after the additions of Christian Tiffert and Mario Martinez, the Seattle Sounders might not be done adding to their attack just yet.

According to the Seattle Times, Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer said that former Chelsea and Barcelona attacker Eidur Gudjohnsen will be with the club on trial this week ahead of the Sept. 15 MLS roster freeze deadline. As a free agent, he is able to sign with the club this season even though the league's transfer deadline has come and gone.

Gudjohnsen, an Iceland international who will turn 34 later this month, has had a journeyman career following his more notable stops at Chelsea, where he won two Premier League titles, and Barcelona, where he was part of the 2008-09 UEFA Champions League winning team along with Thierry Henry. He last played for AEK Athens last season following a 2010-11 season split between Fulham and Stoke City and spent time at Tottenham and Monaco prior to that. 

What do you think of this development? What do you think this would mean for the Sounders' attack? Do you think his potential acquisition could change the Sounders' outlook?

Share your thoughts below.

  • sd

    Also sounders won first match in mexico against a full squad. (Dont count dallas because they played a reserve team)


  • seaoctopus

    You have a SSS in the middle of nowhere in Bridgeview. I’ll take plastic in downtown where I can actually get to the game from within the eponymous city that the team is based in.


  • seaoctopus

    No grass until they get a separate stadium. This year is worse because we share it with the Seahawks AND the UW Huskies.

    But until someone coughs up the $$$, we won’t see another stadium for awhile…


  • Vic El Paso texas

    Get grass and maybe your own type of Wembley stadium because sounder fans deserve it. If it wasn’t for the fans, it would be another revolution situation or even Red bull. Look at reality Sounders management, get grass and look for stadium land. You already got the fans, so now treat them like fans. If not remodel your stadium with more.soccer details and Sounders colors.


  • The Imperative Voice

    I’d be worried about winning something MLS (not USOC) before we start really talking CCL. The reality to me is that Seattle by virtue of these USOC wins has been fighting above its weight class in CCL. When they qualify based on MLS one would think they might be more competitive internationally.

    Historically most really competitive MLS sides have a positive GD and at least a good GF and GA. Usually if they win it all they have a great offense or defense. In terms of Seattle, they look good by both measures, though not exceptional. They might make 50 GF or 30 GA, and neither blows the mind. So I’d say they can improve on either end, and if they have title aspirations, should still be turning over the roster.

    That being said, is a O-30 the missing link to the success I figured would follow Sigi there? Not really. I don’t know, something’s off in Seattle. With that fan support they should be incredible. But they play on turf and who knows what that does to their recruitment. And something about Montero doesn’t scream clutch. But it’s like they should be good but are never quite great.


  • The Imperative Voice

    All due respect to the turf football stadiums’ efforts to secure pricey and posh friendlies, but I can’t quite bring myself to call playing on a surface one rolls out “playing on grass.” When the passes barely roll and the lofted balls drop down dead, you know it’s in practice not really that much more a real grass surface than the turf it’s covering.

    As far as them or NE moving, what are we, nuts? The attendance disparity between the two is the dis-proof that a SSS is requisite. It really does come down to motivated fans. And a SSS would require loans, bonds, etc., a mortgage, landlord-tenant, all that expense and BS. Or they CAN PLAY FOR FREE AT THEIR PARENT STADIUM. I dislike turf soccer but aesthetics and injuries aside, what makes better financial sense?

    Now, if the Krafts or Allen ever decide to sell, that’s another story. But for now there should be a good football stadium pile and a bad one. You wanna toss DCU in a bad one with its RFK lease — like anyone else is using the place — fine. But these are relatively new stadia they can use for free, and many others including the Dynamo in their new playpen can’t say that.


  • The Imperative Voice

    I am going to point out that there is this substance called water that falls from the sky nearly year-round (I exaggerate a tad, but not much) in the feet of depth, up there in the NW. The field is turf in part to deal with that, though I will admit some of the concept is mutual wear and tear on a grass field by both football and soccer. But they do have to create a playing surface that in their climate does not reduce to a bog or peat farm over time. It’s not let’s be lazy and have turf…..

    Kind of like, when I start hearing people wanting to play a European season with these Canadian teams in the league, I want for them to buy tickets for the January games there.


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