General manager Garth Lagerwey expects to add at least one attacker before the July transfer window in search of a cohesive group.
Juggling the weapons within the Sounders’ attack has proved difficult thus far and is about to get even more so.
Sounders general manager Garth Lagerwey confirmed Tuesday he definitely expects to import at least one more attacker the next week or so as the July transfer window approaches. Lagerwey, who also plans to add a defender, wouldn’t specify who the additions are but they almost certainly won’t comprise any more “No. 9’’-type strikers, which the squad already believes it has in Jordan Morris and Will Bruin.
Instead, expect more of a supporting-cast member flanked out wide as the team looks to improve its overall attacking depth and cohesion. That’s been a challenge to date, as the Sounders work to find combinations that can take the seasons of Morris, Clint Dempsey and Nicolas Lodeiro to a higher level.
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“It’s one of the big challenges of an MLS season in general, adding players midseason,’’ Lagerwey said Tuesday, as his team wrapped up training in Tukwila ahead of Wednesday’s second-round U.S. Open Cup match in San Jose against the Earthquakes. “What we’re hoping to do is add competition for spots for our team, which hopefully raises our level of training and our level of consistency.
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“We believe we have good talent on the team,’’ Lagerwey added. “And we’re just augmenting that. And hopefully giving the coaching staff then, some options on how to deploy ourselves tactically so that we’re not forced into one choice of players or one group of players that we have to play only one way.’’
That’s been the team’s party line for a while now. And it’s also been the recent practice, with veteran forward Bruin starting the last two games up top and Morris flanked out wide.
Bruin and his five goals represent more than twice the number Morris has at two and came in about half the playing time. Thing is, the team values the speed element Morris brings to the pitch and feels that alone is enough of a distraction for defenders to warrant keeping him out there whether he scores or not.
So, the latest solution has been flanking Morris out in a role he’s less familiar with. And that flies contrary to the team’s long-term view of…