While working last week in SoCal doing my radio job for the University of Idaho women’s basketball team (I know you’re all big fans), I realized that a lot of stuff has been happening in Sounderland and I haven’t done a very good job of covering it. So now I’ll be doing a weekly Rave Green Report during this offseason that’ll include transfer news, rumors, draft analysis and 2013 previews.
Jeff Parke traded home — If it weren’t for the Austrian beast that is Michael Gspurning, center back Jeff Parke would have been my Defensive POY last season. Well now the 30-year-old Philadelphia native has been sent back home in a trade between the Sounders and Union. In return for losing their best CB, Seattle gains allocation money from the Union although the exact amount is not known and their first round Supplemental Draft pick. Sounders GM Adrian Hanauer said that he is happy with the team’s current CB rotation of Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Patrick Ianni and Zach Scott, but no one else is. Expect Seattle to go after a young/talented CB
very soon (see below).
Never enough Honduran — The rumors have been cycling for weeks now about Seattle bringing in attacking right back Wilmer Crisanto, and earlier today another name was thrown out by the Honduran media, center back Jose David Velasquez. Not only would Velasquez fill the void left by Parke, but he along with Crisanto and national team teammate Mario Martinez would give Seattle three Honduran olympic starters. I’m not 100 percent sure of how the Sounders got to be the pipeline for young talent out of Honduras but we can’t be complaining too much. The news is coming from the @ElCanteranoHN Twitter account which is a Honduran football news and rumor account. They also were one of the first to report Martinez to Seattle during the London Olympics.
Eddie’s comeback complete — In what was considered a runaway race, Sounders forward Eddie Johnson won the MLS Comeback POY for the second time in his career. He also won the award in 2007 with Kansas City after missing much of the previous season due to injury. Johnson led the Sounders this season with 13 goals in 24 MLS games, and 15 total goals on the season. Johnson as we all remember was viewed as a controversial signing in February but has shown why he is possibly the best forward in the league.