In his latest depth addition this week, Sounders GM Garth Lagerwey acquired midfielder Calum Mallace from the Montreal Impact for a fourth round pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft
Finalizing their additions for another MLS Cup run, the Sounders late Wednesday night struck a deal with the Montreal Impact to bring Scottish midfielder Calum Mallace to the Emerald City for a fourth-round draft pick in 2019.
Mallace, 27, who never quite hit his stride in five seasons since Montreal selected him in the second round of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft, gives the Sounders added midfield depth as they prepare for the stretch run. The Sounders learned earlier Wednesday that they would not be acquiring Paraguayan star Derlis Gonzalez from Dynamo Kiev, a squad that drove a hard bargain on his international transfer fee.
Instead of seeking a backup acquisition for similar Designated Player money, the Sounders continued their trend this week of adding complimentary depth pieces. On Tuesday, they’d traded a fourth-round pick in next year’s draft to bring attacker Lamar Neagle back to Seattle.
“He’s a prime age player with veteran experience in our league,” Sounders general manager Garth Lagerwey said of Mallace in a release after the deal was announced on Thursday.
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In an unrelated development, the team parted ways with Sierra Leone native Victor Mansaray. The decision to waive the homegrown player, who’d attended Fife High School, came as little surprise after a decision to recall him from a loan to FC Cincinnati of the United Soccer League.
The Sounders weren’t thrilled with Mansary’s attitude during the loan, nor with his comments to a Sierra Leone website saying the team wanted him back to play MLS games for them. That wasn’t the case and after some recent discussions, both sides agreed it was best Mansary be waived to pursue his career elsewhere.
With Mallace now on-board, the Sounders prepare for their stretch run riding a seven-game unbeaten streak and sitting in a four-way tie for second place in the Western Conference. First place Sporting Kansas City visits CenturyLink Field on Saturday and with a win, the Sounders would move into a tie for top spot.
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