TUKWILA, Wash. – The Seattle Sounders took another step toward finalizing their opening-day roster this week by making a handful of training-camp cuts.
Gone are MLS Supplemental Draft picks Tim Pontius, Jason Banton and Wes Feighner; Jamaican invitee Andrew Vanzie; and Honduran trialist Ever Alvarado.
Some of them, however, could be back with the team in the future, coach Sigi Schmid said.
“We just felt at the moment that we were OK in certain positions,” Schmid said, “but there’s still a couple of young guys that we think have potential and we’ll keep our eyes on them.”
The camp roster stands at 35 players. MLS rules limit rosters to 30 at the start of the season; the Sounders plan to carry about 29.
Unsigned players still in camp are MLS SuperDraft picks Andrew Duran and Babayele Sodade; goalkeeper Andrew Weber; midfielders Andy Rose and Alex Caskey; defender Harlinton Gutierres; and goalkeeper Chris Blais, a Seattle native who joined the team Friday.
Schmid doesn’t anticipate any additions in Bradenton, Fla., where training camp heads for 10 days starting today.