David Falk has followed soccer in the Puget Sound region since 1974. This blog covers Sounders FC, local college soccer, Seattle Wolves FC, Tacoma Tide FC and Kitsap Pumas. Send tips or comments to: goalseattle@gmail.com
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Friday, January 30, 2009

Cuts, then California

Today is a big day over at the VMAC and Sounders training. The club are expected to cut a few names off of the roster as they prepare to move camp to Oxnard College in Ventura County, California, next week.

GOALSeattle's Rick Morrison will be at today's practice taking photos. Look for a gallery from Rick later on Friday or over the weekend.

Who do you think gets released today? It has to be at least one midfielder, doesn't it? Sounders FC keep adding in that area (this week Osvaldo Alonso and Jacob Lensky are signed or getting a look at holding/defensive mid.). They join Evans, Treschuk, O'Brien, Sakuda, Alcaraz-Cuellar, Kante, King, Nyassi, Smith, Le Toux, Fucito and surgery boys Ljungberg and Vagenas on the training roster as all-out midfielders or possible converted ones. Rumors persist that the Sounders are looking to trade Khano Smith to another MLS side.

I think the middies on the bubble are Alcaraz-Cuellar, Kante and O'Brien.

Since we still need depth at defense it is possible that some 'fringe' talent could make the trip to California. We'll see if John Fishbaugher makes it through today, or if Adam West has done enough to catch Sigi's eye. What about longtime Sounders captain Danny Jackson? Will Jared Karkas be the first draft choice to go?

Up top at forward the Sounders already have a small crew: Zakuani, Jaqua, Levesque, Le Toux, Montero and Jarrod Smith. Fucito could also be in that category, though the club roster lists him as a midfielder. The two on the bubble would seem to be Levesque and Smith.

In front of the nets it seems pretty clear that if the Sounders are going to go with two goalkeepers then Keller and Eylander are in, and Dragavon and Jennings are out.

Photo credit: Will Kenji Treschuk's versatility at midfielder be enough to help him avoid today's roster cuts? (Rick Morrison)

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