Who’s Left And Who’s Leaving?

I’m trying not to wonder where you are.
All this time lingers, undefined.
Someone choose who’s left and who’s leaving.

-The Weakerthans

First Kenny Cooper. Now Kevin Parsemain joins the list of questionably former Sounders.

Seattle Sounders FC has made no official statement regarding either Cooper or Parsemain’s status. Rumors sizzle on social media and, in Parsemain’s case, a source as a credible as a teammate corroborates it.

Is Garth Lagerwey smitten with the roster-churning Chip Kelly?  Does Brad Evan’s recent debacle at CB have the Sounders looking to buy? Or were the Sounders always looking to buy? These moves may just be the front office finally executing  offseason roster plans with the CBA firming up.

The Sounders’ roster is unbalanced. Seattle has a wealth of riches at striker and lacks depth (arguably starting quality) at centerback, winger and fullback. Cooper and Barrett and Parsemain can’t help the team win if they’re  on the bench, making questionable their continued place on the team. Oba and Clint are the kind of strikers who go the full 90 every game. Sigi usually reserves only a single spot in the 18 for a backup striker, recently Barrett. Cooper and Parsemain are expendable.

Moves both would help Seattle’s roster flexibility. Moving Parsemain opens up an international slot. Kenny Cooper saves the Sounders just under $300K against the cap (he earned $265,625.00 last season). Hell, Garth may even be able to trade him and bank some allocation monies or a shiny new winger or centerback.

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