Spanish midfielder Victor Rodriguez educated with Seattle on Monday forward of a free switch from La Liga’s Sporting Gijon, Sounders common supervisor Garth Lagerwey stated.
Lagerwey informed ESPN’s Julie Stewart-Binks on Saturday that the membership would announce a brand new signing “subsequent week,” and sources informed ESPN FC on Monday that the Sounders had been set to announce the signing of Rodriguez.
Lagerwey then confirmed that Rodriguez educated with the Sounders on Monday morning and was “optimistic we will full the final steps and have the ability to add him this week,” although the GM cautioned that no deal had but been accomplished.
Nonetheless, he did say that the potential signing could be beneath the designated participant stage, and the membership would seemingly use focused allocation cash within the deal.
“[Rodriguez] is a participant Chris Henderson has scouted for nearly two years now,” Lagerwey stated. “He is seen him a number of occasions dwell and I wish to give Chris lots of credit score as a result of he actually was dogged about this one.
“He had by no means been accessible and immediately he was accessible and popped up and we thought, ‘Effectively, OK, this can be a man we have been monitoring for some time and are fairly enthusiastic about.'”
Rodriguez performs primarily without any consideration winger, and scored two targets in 27 league and cup appearances final season for Sporting, which introduced final week that the 28-year-old could be launched when he indicators an MLS contract, with an settlement already in place.
Previous to that he was on the books at Elche, although his second season there noticed him loaned out to Getafe, the place scored twice in 34 league and cup appearances. He has additionally frolicked with Actual Zaragoza and Badalona.
The Sounders are additionally persevering with their pursuit of Dynamo Kiev midfielder Derlis Gonzalez, however a supply with data of the negotiations stated it is nonetheless unclear if the Sounders will get the deal over the end line earlier than the shut of the summer season switch window on Aug. 9, and that there’s nonetheless a lot work to be accomplished.
The hang-up continues to be the switch price, despite the fact that the Sounders’ supply for Gonzalez stays one of the best that Kiev has acquired to date, in response to the supply. Lagerwey declined to touch upon Gonzalez on Monday.
Kiev is standing agency for the second, however the political unrest within the nation lately has made Dynamo extra susceptible to shedding international gamers like Gonzalez, who’s coming into his third season with the membership.
Throughout that point, Gonzalez has scored 9 targets in 52 league and cup appearances. Previous to becoming a member of Dynamo, Gonzalez was with Swiss facet FC Basel the place he scored six targets in 36 appearances.
He has additionally been on the books of Olimpia and Guarani in his native Paraguay. At worldwide stage, Gonzalez has made 27 appearances, scoring 4 targets.
Jeff Carlisle covers MLS and the U.S. nationwide crew for ESPN FC. Comply with him on Twitter @JeffreyCarlisle.